kate brown martin
BARN MANAGER AND Head trainer
Bio coming soon! A graduate of Cazenovia College’s Equine Business Management program, Kate is a professional instructor and trainer in the equitation, hunter and jumper disciplines
Jessica Gordon has been riding for 25 years with a passion for jumping and equitation. Jessica earned money and experience for her first horse by training green ponies at Hunters Valley Farm in Kingwood, NJ, until the age of 13. After getting her first horse she competed in everything from dressage to barrel racing but always made jumping and equitation her main focus, eventually winning the New Jersey Pony Breeders & Owners, Inc. “BJ Erhardt Perpetual Trophy for Best Child Rider” in 1997 and was the New Jersey Professional Horseman’s Association’s champion in Children’s Pony Equitation in 1998. Jessica took a break from the horse show circuit to attend college but has never stopped working with horses. More recently she expanded her knowledge of horse care and jumping at Chado Farm in Neshanic Station, NJ. She loves to share her experience and love of horses with others and is always thrilled to see improvement in students whether they are beginning or advanced. Her philosophy on horsemanship is that if you work hard and you treat your horse with respect, patience, and love then you will never fail to get the best performance from them.
Dana grew up nearby and started riding at another local barn when she was 8 years old. She soon found her way to NWS when a friend who rode here recommended it. She began taking beginner lessons with Head Trainer, Kathy Kerneckel, becoming a floor worker several years later and cleaning stalls throughout her high school years. She also worked as a NWS summer camp counselor and helped groom Kathy’s horse for shows. Dana soon developed her own desire to show and joined the Northwestern Stables show team. It wasn’t long before she was attending horse shows every weekend. Dana began riding and showing Oxford, and she remembers him being such a pleasure and so much fun to show. Dana and Oxford even competed at the Devon Classic, which was a great personal accomplishment as an adult rider. Dana has taught hunter-style lessons at NWS to children and adults at all riding levels. She has always enjoyed teaching and watching her students’ progress and smiles, helping them reach those “aha” moments when horse and rider click. Aside from her time at NWS, Dana has also worked at a horse farm in Virginia, assisted with an intercollegiate riding team there, and showed in the Adult Hunter Division. She is most proud to be mom of an awesome three year old. We are excited to have Dana back at Northwestern.