STEPHANIE SIMMONDS – Trainer

My goal as a trainer for StillWater Equestrian is to provide our customers and their horses a safe, caring and fun environment that they can learn all the technical aspects of horsemanship and show jumping. Whether this is the short stirrup or Grand Prix, I believe in teaching riders the skills necessary to accomplish their goals while training them and their horses in a compatible manner.

I started riding at the age of eleven; my brothers and I bought a backyard pony named Tony. I rode Tony everywhere from 4th of July parades, bareback racing on the local golf course, in team roping competitions, swimming in the Great Salt Lake and up and down countless trails in the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains in my home state of Utah.

My english riding career started when I was 15 years old and I went to work for Kari (Kolb) Swainston. She was my first real trainer and I learned so many all-around horsemanship skills from her.

Since beginning with Kari I have had the opportunity of working with so many other great horsemen and women, including: Mary Lee Brighton, Bob and Debbie McDonald, Julie Winkel, Duncan and Gry McFarlane, Champ Hough, Lauren Hough, and my idol and mentor, Linda Hough. I have ridden and taken clinics with some of the greatest in our business: George Morris, Karen Healey, Anne Kursinski, Joe Fargis, Leslie Howard, Dale Harvey, Margie Engle and Chris Kappler.

For the past eleven years, I have had the wonderful pleasure of working privately for two separate families. During that time, I coached the students to many notable championships including:

  • Onondarka and PCHA Medal Finals wins
  • Hunter and Best Child Rider Championships at Devon
  • Grand Hunter and Leading Trainer Awards at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show
  • Top Four finishes in the USEF Talent Search Finals
  • Top Ten finishes in the USEF Hunter Medal
  • Washington International Horse Show Medal
  • Maclay Medal Finals

I have been the chef d’equipe for the Zone 10 Prix de States junior jumper team and twice for the North American Young Rider Championships with a team gold and individual silver medal for my students.

In my free time I enjoy training for and competing in triathlons, reading, camping, playing and watching baseball, and best of all, spending time with my family.