Lessons & Training | Boarding | Shows | Therapeutic Riding
Interscholastic Equestrian Association | Area 11 Special Olympics Team
Hazelwild Farm is a full service equine facility dedicated in having knowledgable staff ready for farm visitors.
Whether you're a beginner or seasoned rider, Hazelwild Farm has a place here for you.
Our Facilities Include:
30 Stall Border Barn
32 Stall School Barn
250' X 150' Indoor Riding Arena
300' X 150' Outdoor Riding Arena
250' X 150' Outdoor Riding Arena
Hazelwild Farm riders also have access to miles of trails through our 500 acre facility. Our indoor riding arena has Perma Flex footing, which offers horses a soft, cushioned ride. The outdoor riding rings are composed of sand footing.
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1-hour Group Lessons that allow students to ride either their own horse or a school horse. Lessons are organized by riding level (beginner to advanced).
Beginner levels focus on the fundamentals of riding. Volunteers are there to assist in the learning process.
Advanced levels focus on the technical elements of horse showing & is therefore set at a faster pace.
Shows, Clinics & Special Events
With both our large outdoor & indoor riding arenas, we are proud to be able to host shows year round! We are always trying to enhance our riders' experiences. We welcome both clients & community members to participate in our hosted clinics!
Our Monthly Horse Shows Include:
Virginia Horse Show Association (VHSA)
Battlefield Horse Show Association (BHSA)
Our barn managers & assistants provide excellent care to over 60 horses on a daily basis. We have a secretary on staff to answer any questions/concerns Monday - Friday (9AM-5PM). In addition to our attentive & caring staff, Hazelwild Farm also has an excellent farrier available & exceptional veterinarian services.
Horse Show Forms
*Entries are due 5 days prior to the show date and must be emailed to the farm. We must have your entry form, Waiver Release Form, Virus Release forms for all who will be on the show grounds, and a negative coggins of each horse.
Meet Our Hazelwild Trainers
Equine Director, University of Mary Washington IHSA Team
Since first attending preschool at Hazelwild Farm, Teresa Seay has continued to be an integral part of our charming Hazelwild experience. Teresa grew up riding in lessons, and as time passed, she transitioned from a student to barn staff, camp counselor & eventually - a riding instructor.
Teresa attended Mary Washington College, where she successfully competed on the school's IHSA team, qualifying & successfully competing at Nationals. After graduating in 1999, Teresa worked as barn manager & instructor at Hazelwild. She taught beginners, coached the interschool team & prepared riders for shows.
In 2009, Teresa became the head coach of the UMW IHSA team & proudly led them to multiple Regional Championships, many individual National competitors & even a National Champion. She has been the IHSA Region President since 2013. Teresa has also been a USHJA certified trainer since 2012, and has held multiple leadership positions within the IHSA, IEA, BHSA, & VHSA.
Teresa truly believes in & fosters the sense of family that Hazelwild Farm has established over the years. She strives to live up to the Hazelwild standards by creating fun lessons that are both challenging & confidence-building. Teresa has a fun, unique & creative approach to excellence that inspires her students & calms them by her unflappable nature. She is always the first one to lend a helping hand & is driven by the success of her students, clients & friends. She is always pleased & proud of all her students' successes- whether it is finally mastering a gymnastics drill, riding a horse that they found intimidating, or winning a ribbon at a show.
As the Equine Director, Teresa is responsible for the care of all horses at Hazelwild Farm. She also is accountable for teaching appointment lessons & UMW lessons & practices. We are proud to say that Teresa is the lynch pin that holds the equine side of the farm together.
Assistant Coach, University of Mary Washington IHSA Team
Michelle Mardeusz began riding horses at the age of four. She continued riding on & off throughout her life & into her high school career. Thanks to the University of Mary Washington, Michelle was introduced to Hazelwild Farm in 2006. She promptly joined the farm & brought her beloved horse with her.
In 2008-09, Michelle became a competitive member of the IHSA team until graduating in 2009. Post-graduation, Michelle continued to ride & competitively horse show at Hazelwild, all while pursuing a career outside of horses. During this time, she assisted in the training of Hazel (one of the first baby horses to be born on the farm in almost 20 years).
In July 2010, Michelle returned to Hazelwild Farm to work full-time as the office manager. In 2013, she began teaching lessons & became the assistant coach for the University of Mary Washington (UMW) Equestrian Team. She is proud to have helped lead the IHSA team to multiple Regional Championships & many individual National competitors. Michelle's dedication to both the team & her students has positively impacted both the farm & riding community.
Today, Michelle is proud to teach appointment & college lessons for riders of varying ages & experience. She provides a safe, fun & challenging lesson-environment for everyone. During lessons, Michelle likes to drill all levels of riders on the basics to push them & make them stronger. She has an eye for detail & loves to create flat tests for all her students.
Michelle is a proud owner of an off-the-track thoroughbred, which she training to become a competitive show horse. You can find Michelle at horse shows, either with her horse Ben (aka "Twice as Nice"), or you'll discover her in the role of horse show mom - for her daughter, Leigha.
Head Coach, Hazelwild IEA Team
Emily Dunn began her riding career at the age of nine. She successfully competed on her farm's NCEL team from 7th through 12th grade, as well as showing her personal show horse Triple Crown Romance (aka "Trace") on both the local & rated circuit.
Emily arrived to both the University of Mary Washington & Hazelwild Farm in 2012. Because of her passion, dedication & leadership skills, Emily became a prominent part of the college's IHSA team & was even named Team Captain during the 2015-16 season.
Upon graduation from UMW, Emily began working for the federal government & became the assistant coach for Hazelwild's IEA team. Before the end of the 2016-17 season, Emily was promoted to the position of head coach. Her work ethic, attention to detail & true desire to see the successes of her students is commendable & what ultimately led to a very successful IEA season in 2017-18. Hazelwild Farm was also proud to have sent a rider to the IEA Nationals in Syracuse, NY!
Emily's lessons & team practices are fun, engaging & demanding. With their coach teaching them all of the nuances & requirements for showing in competitive equitation setting, Emily's students are continuously pusehd to their best.
When Emily is not teaching, she can often be found riding her own horse, Royal Romance (aka "Trio"), who she & her mom have trained from a yearling.
Kathleen Bonner has a long history with Hazelwild Farm & the local equestrian community. She came to Hazelwild Farm as a college student, riding on the Mary Washington College Riding Team until her graduation in 1987. In addition to riding on the school's IHSA team, Kathleen also completed the three levels of "Teaching Riding" that were offered through MWC's Education Department.
Post-graduation, Kathleen maintained her connection with Hazelwild Farm, even renting a room in the big farm house from Aunt Sis, and donating her first horse Sentimental Value (aka "Finny") to MWC & Hazelwild Farm.
Kathleen's professional career in the local horse community includes managing & training at farms such as Beauclaire Stables, Lake of the Woods Stable, and Free Lunch Farm. She has also been the horse show manager extraordinaire for many local show series for the last 20 years, including Hazelwild Farm, Quad J Farm, The Inn at Kelly's Ford, and most recently - Whitestone Farm. After taking a break from a full-time career in horses to raise her three children, Kathleen returned to Hazelwild Farm in 2012 to teach beginners & lower level lesson students.
Kathleen's lessons offer a strong foundation of skills that every equestrian, young & old, need in order to progress in their riding endeavors. Her lessons are fun & informative, and her caring style of teaching instills confidence in all of her students. Kathleen organizes a fun show each spring & fall as an introduction to horse showing for Hazelwild students. She also organizes & runs Pony Week, which is a much-loved annual summer event for horse-loving kids (ages 5-11 years), so that they can experience horses & horsemanship with riding activities, basic horse care & fun crafts.
When not teaching, Kathleen can be found enjoying her perfect equine child, Pleasant Steps (aka "Snappy").
Instructor, Therapeutic Riding Program
Kristie McCary has been with Hazelwild Farm since 2002, when she moved to the area upon college graduation. She begin as a volunteer with the farm's existing Therapeutic Riding Program, and over the next several years pursued & received her certification with PATH, Inc. - the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (formerly known as NARHA, the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association). She took over Hazelwild's program in 2004.
Kristie started riding at 8 years old, and much to her parents' dismay, was hooked! She rode a variety of horses in several different disciplines. Kristie graduated from Virginia Tech in 2001 with a degree in Animal & Poultry Sciences, Science & Biotechnology Option, with an Equine emphasis.
The farm's Therapeutic Riding Program offers specialized lessons to differently-abled riders of all ages. Kristie believes in challenging all of her students to find their best selves on horseback riding, using humor & the amazing horses that work in the program.
Kristie works full-time as a logistics coordinator for an environmental company & spends most of her time in "Babytown" with her 3 year old daughter & 18 month old son.