Monday, August 29, 2016

GOOD LUCK to Sheri!!

Good morning!

Today we want to send lots of good wishes to Southwind owner, Sheri Thornley, as she is headed to the American Eventing Championships (AECs)! Sheri qualified and is competing her horse Toga in the Master Amateur Training division as well as the Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP).

This year the AECs are being held at the beautiful Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. To learn more about Tryon visit:

Sheri and Toga compete dressage Wednesday at 2:21pm, cross-country Thursday at 2:16pm, and stadium on Friday at 3:20pm.  GOOD LUCK Sheri and Toga!

Stay tuned to see how they do, and the continuation of our 'Trainers of Southwind' series next week!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Southwind Trainer Series: Carol Herron

Today we are continuing our 'Trainers of Southwind' series where each week we highlight one of the many different trainers that teach at Southwind. Up next is Carol Herron!

Carol is a USEA Certified Eventing Instructor, ARIA certified instructor and has successfully completed the USDF Instructor Certification Workshops. Carol teaches students of all ages in a variety of disciplines. In dressage they range from Intro to Fourth Level and in eventing they range from Beginner Novice to Training Level. Her approach to teaching and training is based on classical standards, closely following the Training Scale. She believes that the horse and rider should enjoy the journey and her number one rule is safety first, for both horse and rider!

Carol currently competes her horse in dressage at the Intermediare I level and trains with Christopher Hickey, Pan Am double gold medal winner, during the winter months.  And she trains with Barbara Strawson, successful Grand Prix rider, during the summer months.  Carol spends her summers from May to October in Maryland and the winter months in Fort Myers, Florida.

Monday, August 15, 2016

'Trainers of Southwind' Series: Meet Packy McGaughan

Good morning!

Today we are continuing our 'Trainers of Southwind' series where each week we highlight one of the many different trainers that teach at Southwind. Up next is Packy McGaughan!

Packy McGaughan has achieved many accolades in the eventing world as both a successful rider and trainer. He began his career as a young rider in the late 1970’s and early 80’s and where he went on to compete at the North American Young Rider Championships. He then received the Gold Medal at the 1987 Pan American Games in Eventing and graduated from the USET Rider in Residence program. A popular trainer in Area II, Packy has trained two National Young Rider Three-Day Champions and has trained many notable upper-level event riders including Matt Flynn, Lillian Heard and Daniel Clasing.
Photo courtesy of Packy

Don't forget you can bring your own trainer to Southwind Farm as well! We want our boarders to have access to all of the help and training they want, 24-7. If you are looking for an environment like this, come visit us at:

Monday, August 8, 2016

'Trainers of Southwind' Series: Meet Heather Achen

Good morning,

Today we are starting our 'Trainers of Southwind' series where each week we highlight one of the many different trainers that teach at Southwind. Up first is Heather Achen, resident trainer of Northern Light Farm.

A native of Pennsylvania, Heather has been teaching and training in the industry for almost 30 years.
She uses her Bachelors in Equine Science as well as her deep foundation in dressage to bring a vast array of knowledge to her hunter/equitation lessons.
Heather established Northern Light Farm over 11 years ago and has been up and down the seaboard with successful students from Short Stirrup through Medal Maclay as well as adult amateurs and jumpers. She also has an IEA Team in Region 2 and is president of that region. She prides herself on teaching students true horsemanship skills and what it means to ride through the levels and strengthen communication with each horse. Heather enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels and her desire to learn is contagious!

Also, today is Southwind mascot Spike's 5th birthday!!! Happy Birthday to our Spike!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Access to over EIGHT TRAINERS at Southwind!

Did you know that our boarders here at Southwind Farm have access to over EIGHT trainers and instructors at all times?! With three resident trainers and five that visit the farm weekly to teach lessons, Southwind's boarders get the unique experience of choosing from the various trainers. We also encourage boarders to bring in their own trainer too to join the group of highly respected professionals that teach at the farm.

Thinking about boarding somewhere else? Looking for a change of scenery? Stay tuned for next week's blog which will begin our 'Trainers of Southwind' series where we will feature a trainer each week.

Don't want to wait? Come take a personal tour of Southwind Farm today and see why all of our boarders call Southwind their farm family!