About Us
 
 

Karen Mealey is a graduate of Virginia Intermont College, with a major in Equine Studies. Karen began her equestrian career when she was eight years old riding ponies and horses in Manchester, Connecticut. She started showing horses and ponies as a child and continued through college showing jumpers on the A circuit. While attending Virginia Intermont, Karen spent her summers with Carol Lush at Maple Side Farm in Pennsylvania starting young Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods under saddle, as well as furthering the training of the older horses, preparing them for the show ring. After Graduation Karen took a position as an instructor and trainer at the Westbrook Hunt Club, Westbrook Connecticut. Karen has operated her own farm for several years at different locations, before establishing Wonderland Farm in Leland, NC.


Karen teaches the intermediate to advanced rider. The foundation of her teaching method, stresses the form and function of the rider, that are basic principals established by the greats such as George Morris.

When Karen takes on the task of training young horses she closely follows her basic instinct to gently help the horse learn. Her passion for the horse drives her to look through the horse’s eyes, thus helping both horse and rider to work as a unit.

 

Karen Mealey

Karen Mealey aboard Bob

Mackenzie Ring

Mackenzie Ring, assistant instructor, has been a long time student of Karen’s. She teaches from youth to adult at the beginner and novice levels. Mackenzie's patience and attention to detail is turning out some talented up and coming riders. She is also in charge of Saddle Club & Summer Camp.