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SARA HAYNES

Head Trainer

Sara Haynes is a lifelong equestrian and professional member of the United States Equestrian Federation. She has over 30 years of experience in hunters, jumpers, and equitation with numerous accomplishments at the local, regional, and national levels as a rider, trainer, and coach of people and horses of all ages. 

Sara grew up on a horse and enjoyed a successful career in the junior divisions in the southeast, showing to much success in the children's, junior hunter, and jumper divisions as well as the equitation on horses such as Shameless, Count On Me, and Finally under the guidance of top area professionals. 

Sara attended college at Clemson University in South Carolina where she majored in Political Science and Economics and rode on the school's IHSA team. It was during this time that Sara truly built a foundation as a rider for a professional equestrian career. Competing under the tutelage of Pam Baker at Hillcrest Farms, Sara rode the venerable Rumours Follow to many top hunter finishes on the national stage, including championships at Ocala, Upperville, Loudon, and Keswick Hunt Club. She was recognized six times as Best Amateur Rider at HITS Culpeper, also qualifying for indoors. 

Later, with guidance from to North Carolina professional Lee Cone and Windbrook Farm, Sara would develop amateur horses Follow Me and High Flight, going on to win many championships in the amateur hunters and equitation. During this time she would also break and train 15.2hh Country Grammar, with whom she would achieve many wins in the children's/adult jumpers. After many top finishes over the years in the GHJA, BRHJA, and PSJ medal finals, Sara culminated her amateur career in 2005 by taking the win in the PSJ and BRHJA Adult Medal Finals and became a professional equestrian the following year. 

In 2005, Sara and her family relocated to Northwest Indiana. It was there that Sara built her training and show business, Teneriffe Enterprises, from the ground up. Under Sara's guidance her students won at all levels, claiming wins and top finishes in the IHJA medal finals as well as top year end ribbons in divisions from short stirrup through the children's jumpers. They were also successful nationally, qualifying and ribboning at national indoor finals, USEF Pony Finals, and by being selected for the USEF Emerging Athletes Program. Many of these riders were mounted on horses and ponies who were purchased as green prospects and carefully brought along in a consistent program with greatest consideration always given to affordability and appropriateness of match between horse and rider. Many of Sara's students from the midwest are now industry professionals themselves, and Sara considers this one of her greatest achievements.

As Durham Equestrian Club's head trainer, Sara strives to us her passion for teaching and developing horse and rider to elevate the club's success to a new level. Her dedication to finding the best possible horse and rider match and working together to foster a relationship of trust and understanding set up each pair to tackle any obstacle they encounter. Starting with a proper foundation of flatwork and building on that an understanding of the importance of not only the ride given over the jumps but also the between them. Sara gives the riders the tools to achieve their dreams. 

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