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 has been a professional in the horse industry for over two decades as a natural horsemanship clinician, trainer, coach, and competitor in a variety of disciplines. In 2017 she attended her first WE clinic and was inspired to incorporate it into her classical dressage training and teaching as it combines all of the elements of a solid training foundation for horse and rider. She enjoys traveling to meet and educate riders of all disciplines and levels who are enthusiastic about the sport.

Stephanie conducts WE and horsemanship clinics throughout the U.S., is a Provisional Technical Delegate, a USAWE “L” judge candidate and is a co-founder of the USAWE Affiliate Organization New England Working Equitation, Inc. She has been awarded National and Regional Championships on several horses at Levels 1 through 4, and coached her junior rider to National Championship honors. Stephanie lives in Johnson, Vermont with her husband Tim Hayes on their farm, The Center for America’s First Horse where she trains and promotes rare Spanish Barbs.

Links to the USAWE Regions

Region 1 | Region 2 | Region 3 | Region 4 | Region 5 | Region 6 | Region 7

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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