kate brown

BARN MANAGER & Head trainer

Kate Brown, a Philadelphia native, comes to Northwestern with over 20 years of horse experience. She learned to ride at Northwestern as a teenager, and advanced to camp instructor before leaving for Cazenovia College in NY, where she studied Equine Business Management. As part of her training, she returned to Northwestern as Assistant Barn Manager in 2008-2009. Kate eventually bought her own horse farm in upstate NY, overseeing a stable of 30 horses, a lesson program, and a successful equestrian team.  Kate is a professional instructor and trainer in the equitation, hunter and jumper disciplines. Northwestern was pleased to welcome Kate back to her “home” barn in February 2017. Kate is also Head Coach for the University of Pennsylvania IHSA Equestrian Team.



Assistant barn manager & INSTRUCTOR

DANADana grew up nearby, and early on found her way to NWS. She began taking beginner lessons with then Head Trainer, Kathy Kerneckel, becoming a floor worker several years later, cleaning stalls throughout her high school years, and working as a NWS summer camp counselor. 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. Dana became Assistant Barn Manager in September 2017, and is Assistant Coach for the University of Pennsylvania IHSA Equestrian Team.


Jessica Gordon

Jessica Gordon


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.