Caitlyn Started riding at the age of 12 at Twin Oaks Riding Academy in Northern VA and two years later got her first horse; Sierra. Sierra helped Caitlyn through her C levels in USPC. It was in Pony Club that Caitlyn discovered a passion for eventing and hunter paces!
At Radford University Caitlyn was a member of the Radford Redcoats University equestrian team. She finished Radford with her B.B.A in Business Management and Entrepreneurship where she later went to work at multiple horse farms in the area. Caitlyn led many Wine and Cheese trail rides at River Chase Farm in Aldie, VA. She later went on to work with OTTB's at Ballyclare Farm in Waterford, VA where she fell in love with the world of OTTB's and found her heart horse Sweet Home Urbana and current horse Taipans Advantage.
Caitlyn went on to manage Gallifrey Farm in Pembroke Georgia with silver medalist dressage rider Samantha Fellin for 2 years. Here she taught many young riders and amateur adult riders lessons and basic horse care. She also obtained a degree in equine nutrition.
Caitlyn has volunteered at many horse rescues in eastern Georgia and northern Virginia further developing her passion to always be around horses.
Caitlyn is thrilled to be joining Susan on this adventure as co-owner of La Bella Vita Stables!
Susan discovered her love of horses at an early age. Training with Triton Farms in California from 1989-1993. She eventually moved on to The Regional Occupation Program where she became certified in Barn Management. After that Susan instructed many children through 4-H programs. During this time Susan found her passion for trail riding.
Susan found her love of OTTB's while ponying horses on the track in California and knew that was the life she wanted. She has managed many barns in her lifetime and is excited to be co-owner of La Bella Vita Stables!
Susan currently has 2 gorgeous OTTB's, America's Prince "Prince" and Beyond a Warrior; "Warrior"! Keep your eye out for Susan and her daughter Binta cantering around on the gorgeous trails in Middleburg!