Located in picturesque Penfield, NY, and only 10 minutes from downtown Rochester, TrueNorth Equestrian Center is a full service stable focusing on beginner English (hunt seat) riding instruction, up to advanced level training for show jumping, dressage, and eventing. We also buy, sell, board, and train horses.
With large turnout pastures, surrounding bridle trails, cross-country jumping courses, and lighted indoor and outdoor riding arenas, our facilities also offer boarders a variety of ways to enjoy their horse in a clean, safe facility.
We also participate in many local events tailored for the diversity of our client base including:
• Local and regional horse shows
• Student horse shows on-site
• An on-site introductory hunter pace series 4x a year
• Twilight Dressage schooling shows
• Regional hunter paces including GVPC, IDHSNA, and Cohocton
Whether you are interested in riding lessons or looking for a place to board your horse, we welcome you to visit our stable. We take pride in our facilities and the quality care and instruction that we offer to our clients.
Growing up in Western Massachusetts, Amy competed in everything from western pleasure to hunter over fences, earning 3 state championships in hunter ponies on a pony she rescued from an auction and retrained herself. Amy has experience in 4-H horse judging on a national level, Open IEA competition experience and has ridden with too many trainers to list, ranging from mustang trainers to competitive dressage trainers. She started many horses herself from the ground-up and has extensive horse care experience working closely with Dr. John Cowley DVM for the past 15 years.
After growing up immersed in horses, Amy moved to New York in 2005 and began to teach lessons for Sleeman Stables. In 2008, she took over management responsibilities including lessons, training and boarding. In 2010, the stables and property were sold and renamed TrueNorth Equestrian Center where Amy became head trainer and barn manager. In 2015, Amy purchased the business and became the sole owner and proprietor of the entire operation.
Amy has trained many horses including untouched 3-year-olds for her program, horses of all stages for private clients and retraining OTTB horses for a second chance. She has been furthering her education in dressage, taking lessons in classical dressage from the late Valerie Knight, a licensed R judge and life-long dressage trainer. She has taken students from their first ride to winning hunter, equitation and dressage championships at regional competitions in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, New York. Amy and her team host hunter paces at TrueNorth and travel to Avon, Genneseo, and Cohocton, NY to compete in other hunt paces.
Amy believes in teaching each student a solid foundation of correct riding skills and horsemanship. She is in the horse business because of her love for the animals and makes sure every horse is healthy and happy!