Jaime Kinnear

With 20+ years training experience and the influence of her family’s strong involvement and dedication to the horse racing industry since she was a child, Jaime Kinnear has developed unique training skills that have proven to be successful for both the horse and the rider. This experience also includes saddle fitting and her being a certified veterinary technician. Her enthusiasm and love for horses, people and teaching shines through no matter what discipline she is engaged in. Growing up with horses provided Jaime an environment where she developed a deep understanding of horse behavior and why they react in certain ways. Her ability to communicate with them is an accomplishment by itself and so valuable in building a relationship with any horse. Jaime understands the need to communicate with the horse and knows that this is a key element. She transfers this knowledge to her students and riders so that they may learn actions that open up the channels of communication between them.

Her passion for teaching began at home where she helped her family train young horses and taught students how to ride and care for their mounts. During this time her horizon expanded by taking work at the request of those with private barns. Later her family became involved in breeding, raising and training horses for racing. It was during this time that Jaime developed her training skills working with high-strung thoroughbreds. After five years working with thoroughbred racehorses, her focus veered toward primarily helping off-the-track thoroughbreds embrace their new careers by introducing them to eventing. This led to her employment at various Connecticut stables where she learned from instructors adding yet another dimension to her robust repertoire of abilities. In addition to her work in training horses, Jaime’s disciplines also include eventing, jumping, and dressage. Although she has worked with many thoroughbreds, Jaime has experience with a diverse breed of horses. Her knowledge of the retired race horse’s needs and the needs of their new owners contribute dramatically to her successful instruction in retraining their horses so that the new partners can enjoy a happy and healthy relationship.

Mark Rarick

Mark has a degree in Equine Science from Delaware Valley College. As an avid professional competitor in the hunter/jumper discipline, Mark and his students have shown at some of the most prestigious horse shows in the country. Mark has worked with many green riders and horses, and helped to shape them into top level riders and horses. He stresses flatwork in his training. "Good flatwork will make jumping easy." He teaches his students to understand biomechanics involved to create a better understanding of the way a horse jumps influences you and effects on how you influence the horse. He is constantly working to improve communication between horse and rider to get the best desired effect. Mark has trained with many of the top people in the hunter/jumper discipline, including riding for a period of time in Europe where he competed in both dressage and show jumping. He thanks all of them for giving him the well rounded education that he has and an amazing understanding of his craft. Mark concentrates on hunter/equitation and jumpers, but also works with dressage students.