WE Coach: Stephanie Hayes of the Center for America’s First Horse

Stephanie Hayes of the Center for America’s First Horse

Stephanie Hayes

Connect with Stephanie via Social Media or her website: centerforamericasfirsthorse.org

Johnson, VT

Offering:

  • Lessons on and off farm
  • Clinics on and off farm
  • Training Board
  • Horse Sales
  • Working Student positions available

Stephanie Hayes

Johnson, VT

Connect with Stephanie via Social Media or her website: centerforamericasfirsthorse.org

Offering:

  • Lessons on and off farm
  • Clinics on and off farm
  • Training Board
  • Horse Sales
  • Working Student Positions Available

Stephanie Hayes has been working in the horse industry all of her adult life as a rider, trainer and competitor in multiple disciplines. For the last twenty years, she has been a natural horsemanship clinician blending in the fundamentals of dressage to riders of all disciplines and levels. In 2017 she attended her first WE clinic and was inspired to incorporate the training benefits into her programs. Since then she has become passionate about the sport, furthering her education at every opportunity, and competing throughout Region 6 and 7.

Stephanie conducts clinics throughout the U.S., is President and co-founder of New England Working Equitation, Inc., a USAWE Affiliate Organization and non profit. She is a USAWE Recognized Coach and serves as Director At Large 2 on the USAWE Executive Committee. Stephanie is a USAWE licensed “L” judge. She has had numerous USAWE National standings in the top 5, Regional Championships on multiple horses at Level 1 through 4, and coached her junior rider to National and Regional Championship awards. Stephanie lives with her husband Tim Hayes at their farm, The Center for America’s First Horse in Johnson, Vermont where she trains and promotes rare Spanish Barbs.

USAWE Logo design by Alexandra Crippen of Crippen Designs.

The logo represents the four trials of Working Equitation and highlights the diversity for which the sport is known in the United States. 

  • The first image depicts a mule, being ridden in Western tack and attire in the Dressage trial.
  • The second image showcases an Iberian horse in traditional Iberian tack and attire performing in the EOH trial.
  • The third image shows a horse of indeterminate breeding and a rider in English tack and attire, competing in the Speed trial.
  • Together, all three riders represent a team competing together in the Cattle trial. Although the cow is not shown directly, the three teammates are working in concert. The image is intended to elicit the feeling of excitement and movement as the team moves their designated cow toward the holding pen to the far right, off the page. (Think of it as a "silent cow", much as the letter "e" at the end of a word is often referred to as "the silent 'e'" in recognition of its existence without being read aloud).

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