Meet our staff

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“I am very grateful for this opportunity to be a bigger part of the barn I love. This place is my home, I think of everyone here as my family.”

Destiny Anderson, Barn Manager

When Destiny was very young she always told her mother she wanted to grow up and be a horse one day. This is when her love for horses kicked in. When she was 5 years old her mom was convinced she belonged in a barn. With help from a family friend and her grandparents for transportation, they signed her up for riding lessons at her local barn. As she grew older she worked off her lessons by cleaning stalls, helping with summer camp and many other tasks on the farm.

She was then sponsored by a women who boarded at the barn she worked at. She was lent a beautiful bay mare named Tess, which led to many trips in the hunter ring including them qualifying for Downeast medal finals in 2012. A goal which seemed near impossible just a year prior.

Destiny learned the true meaning of partnership, gratitude, determination. Her favorite quote “The horse comes first, the sport second”. Not everyday is easy, but it’s worth it. From countless falls, to countless personal injuries, days where she felt like giving up. She’s pushed herself forward and will continue to never give up on her passion, no matter what gets thrown in her way.

She continues to compete NBHA with her 24 year old mare Shammy, her first horse whom she’s owned for 9 years.

   “I will forever be grateful to own such an honest and true hearted mare. She has more heart than any horse I’ve ever met. From
every set back you could imagine to many championships together. We never gave up on our dream. Shammy has taught me nothing comes easy in life, but if you work hard enough anything is possible”

Destiny has been apart of the HKEC team since 2016 as an equine caretaker. She has now been offered the manager position and has accepted it. 

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Sarah Meyer, Trainer

Sarah fell in love with horses when she was 10 years old. She grew up in southern Vermont, and got her first horse when I was 15 years old, a Thoroughbred named Freddie. She has worked in horse barns in exchange for lessons, from middle school through high school.

 

Sarah attended University of Massachusetts, Amherst and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. She also rode on the UMass Equestrian Team and trained under Jerry Schurink.

 

Right after college, Sarah was hired at KD Trakehners, a breeding and jumper barn in Wisconsin where she worked for 2 years training in dressage, cross country, and jumping. In 2012, she moved back to Vermont, and worked at Winchester Stables as a worker/trainer/assistant manager. 

Jessica Joyce, Lesson Instructor

Jessica had the good fortune to grow up riding in a barn where she had a lot of opportunities to learn about riding, horse care and riding instruction if she was willing to put in some extra work. This has led to a serious horse addiction and a fascination with everything to do with these animals. Jessica considers herself very fortunate to spend every day working with these amazing animals and other people who love them as much as she does! 

Jessica’s riding background is somewhat diverse. She grew up riding hunters, but has also had the opportunity to ride in the jumper ring, event and ride dressage. These days she is mostly a dressage rider who enjoys work over fences when the opportunity presents itself. 

Her educational background includes a bachelors in equine science from UNH with a focus in equine industry and management. While at UNH she was also able to take courses focusing on riding instruction and earn certificates in dressage instruction and jumping instruction. This has set her up with a lot of tools to help her students be the best riders they can be which is very important to her!

As an instructor Jessica prioritizes safety first. She wants her students and the lesson horses safe above all else. After that she wants them to be learning and having fun! Jessica is so excited to be at High Knoll and can’t wait to get to know everyone and all the horses!