At Kirby Hill, you’ll have access to a range of top professionals to help you pursue your training and competition goals. Instructors associated with Kirby Hill include FEI certified trainers competing at the Grand Prix level.
An ideal environment for those aspiring to compete, our trainers develop personalized training programs and goals for achieving harmony between horse and rider, from classical riding to the more athletic pursuits. They’ll broaden your skills and capabilities while helping you progress from local schooling to A-circuit shows.
A COMPLETE APPROACH
While improving your riding skills, you’ll learn from a staff that’s attuned to the muscular, dietary and behavioral aspects of horse care, and dedicated to strengthening and training the horse to be a caring, fully athletic and active partner.
Please view the below list of Trainers residing at Kirby Hill Farm and feel free to reach out to them directly.
MELISSA HOGAN (Revolution Equestrian)
Revolution Equestrian offers training in various disciplines; dressage, hunter/ jumper with specialty in retraining and starting young horses, including a lesson program with package options. We also are offering 3 levels of board.
Phone: (914) 806-5402
Visit us at Revolution Equestrian
I started riding hunter/jumpers at age 5. I rode and showed locally in the 3ft until age of 16 when I decided to go through the Kenny Harlow certification program (the ‘horse whisper.’) I broke 3 horses through his program and several horses afterwards. I attended Johnson and Wales University, and competed for the school’s IHSA team, and rode through 4th Level dressage in college.
I graduated with honors, receiving my bachelors degree in Equine business management and riding. After college I interned at a breeding farm, where I was in charge of mares, foals and medication for all horses. I then went on to work at New England Equine Practice for 2 years as a vet tech. At the age of 21 I began teaching lessons and showing some of the young horses I broke. Since then I have worked, ridden and shown for some of the top trainers in the NY area. After having my first son I started retraining Thoroughbreds off the track to become show horses. I also worked at Akindale TB rescue for 4 years.
I could not stay away from the horse show world. I opened Revolution Equestrian and have a terrific group of hunter/jumpers, equitation, lower level dressage and trail riding clients! My students have been excelling in the show ring, and I have kids just starting their riding career to clients jumping over 4 ft. Revolution Equestrian offers lessons, boarding and training for all levels and styles.
Our commitment here is to have a safe, fun and happy barn family that offers top class care for your horse and for you. From trail rides to A shows, we offer it all!
Without fanfare, Elizabeth Niemi has developed a world-class dressage training program with a handful of dedicated amateur riders who are committed to the sport of dressage and the equestrian community. Don’t let her prom-queen teen looks fool you; Elizabeth Niemi is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience. She is organized, focused, and dedicated to managing and training her sponsors’ horses, developing her amateur owners and riders, and competing at the highest level of the sport.
BARBARA FILIPPELLI (Valley Pond Farm)
Barbara Filippelli: Owner and trainer of Valley Pond Farm started riding a really long time ago! (over 45 years…they had cars back then too.) as a lesson kid at Saddletree Farm in Bronxville NY, now Twin Lakes Farm. She has been a professional trainer for over 30 years and loves every minute of it! Barb has qualified many of her students for indoor finals. She likes to work on addressing the mental and emotional side of riding. Barb has the ability to teach students to be confident and effective horsemen both on and off the horse. She maintains a fun atmosphere while educating her students on every aspect of riding.
Being a former Vet Tech from New England Equine Practice.Barb currently helps in conducting bone scans for NEEP which has even furthered her education and understanding of these wonderful animals.
Barb has been an “R” licensed Hunter/Jumper/Equitation judge since 1991 and fully enjoys the judge’s box! She is also on the Board of Director’s for the National Professional Horseman’s Association, PHA.
Barb trains all levels and ages and will work with you on achieving your goals.
Phone: (914) 806-5556
Anastasia Soloveva (Stage Barn)
Stage Barn is a small English style riding school founded by Anastasia Soloveva ,who has great interpersonal and equestrian skills shaped by a psychology degree and riding horses at her parents’ farm since the age of six. Anastasia has taught at various places including Fox Hill farm, managing Beaver Creek stable and now Kirby Hill Farm, where the school is residing.
Stage Barn has a horseback riding lesson program available year-round and open to individuals and groups along with the leasing options on school-owned horses on a limited basis and also horsemanship program providing hands-on instruction in horse care and health basics, safety and handling, proper equipment use and care and other topics as requested.
Phone: (914) 514-5558