Here are a few of our most amazing instructors.
Tim grew up in Westport Co. Mayo, Ireland, beginning his career at his grandmother’s riding school, Knappa Beg Stables. The A pony clubber first came to the United States to work for eventing ledgend Bruce Davidson for two years. After a quick year back in Ireland working for show jumper Jonathan Reape, Tim was afforded the ride on Luckaun Quality, who he ultimately brought back to the States with him, when he returned to join Sharon White’s Frontier Farm as assistant trainer.
Tim worked for Sharon for six years and had the opportunity to ride and compete all of the sales horses and develop a widespread student base. In that time he gave many “Tri-State” lessons and participated in Sharon’s wonderful Tri-State Summer Camps.
Tim has established himself as a top rider and sought after trainer and is a fan favorite at Tri-State for his serious training but fun delivery in lessons.
Tim’s Bourke Eventing has since located to its own 70 acre facility at Stone’s Throw Farm in Berryville, VA.
Tim was named to the Irish High Performance list and is looking forward to the development of future success of his own riding and training farm the Bourke Eventing. In 2015, Tim and Luckaun Qaulity completed the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* where they were the highest placed Irish pair. Tim has since finished in 11th at Rolex in 2016, won the Bank One Trophy as the highest placed owner-rider, and 16th in 2017.
Makendra has loved and ridden horses since the age of 8. She has 33 years experience teaching riding. In 1999 she was a working student for Phyllis Dawson and was blessed with the chance to ride and compete Famous Deception thanks to the generosity and support of Nancy & Bruce Mountz, good friends of Phyllis’. They were National Training Level Rider together in 2000. Makendra loved the excitement and high level of learning required for eventing and went on to compete Advanced level with a young horse she trained through the levels, All Star Secret. Secret’s owners Linda & Vas Devan sponsored Makendra and ultimately sold Secret to her. Many other horses were woven into Makendra’s education. A racehorse that would flip over easily if you used too much rein, warmbloods that moved effortlessly in dressage and brought home great scores, a large herd of Morgan horses that she rode on endless bareback trail rides, un-ridable grade horses that slowly learned to trust, flashy saddlebreds, her own homebreds who are her current horses taking her thru the breeding process, birthing, breaking, and training.
Some Competitive accomplishments include: 8th place Radnor CCI**, 10th place Morven Park CCI*, ribbons up to Intermediate level and completions at Advanced, Dressage up to 2nd level, Show jump at Upperville & Culpepper up to 3’9, 5th place Upperville 6-bar.
Trained with the following: Phyllis Dawson & Jineen Reed, Jan Byyny David & Karen O’Connor, Jimmy Wofford
Also worked with: Madison Shambaugh, Joe Fargis, Anne Kursinski, Kyle Carter and Mary Flood
Mary Flood is renowned in dressage circles for her FEI level success as a competitor and trainer of scores of successful dressage horses and riders, but to Tri-State, she is a voice of reason to a group of enthusiastic equestrians, many with little or no formal dressage show experience.
In addition to her long list of accolades in the saddle, which include numerous USDF Horse of the Year Awards from second level to Grand Prix, Mary, a USDF Certified National Level Instructor, is adept at breaking down the complicated and the sophisticated for novice level consumption. She will get to the root cause of issues and provide exercises to help riders help their horses find balance and progress.
Since 2010 Mary has generously provided regularly scheduled group and semi-private lessons, generally twice weekly, woven in among her full training business at her expansive Wildfire Farm in Lovettsville. Her facility provides both indoor and outdoor riding arenas, facilitating all year lesson opportunities. Mary has also participated as an instructor in Tri-State’s adult summer camps, hosted at her farm.
Melissa is a Pennsylvania transplant who spent 13 years at the heels of eventing titan Phyllis Dawson. Melissa came up in the eventing world and rode anything and everything. She looked to each horse for the unique lesson it could provide. Melissa produced horses to the four star level, and everything in between, with pride and patience.
Melissa is a Level 3 ICP Instructor, and has been providing regular Tri-State instruction at several venues for many years. Her teaching style appeals to riders and horses of all personalities and abilities, Melissa is committed to working with each horse and rider as an individual, and structuring a program to help them reach their individual goals, whatever they may be.
Rebecca “Becky” Lee
Rebecca Lee is a seasoned professional eventing competitor with a growing following of young to mature students who compete in three day events and dressage shows. “Becky” began her riding career at 11 in Edmonton, Alberta and had a successful junior career and went on to represent Alberta at the North American Young Riders Championship finished as the highest placed Canadian in the CCI** division. She was long listed in 1995 for the Canadian Equestrian Event Team and continued riding (specializing in young horses) and showing while she completed her Master’s Degree in the field of Clinical Psychology. Becky is a thoughtful and motivating instructor and an accomplished rider and her positive demeanor is contagious. She competed successfully in numerous events throughout Canada and the United States, which she now calls home. Rebecca Lee Evening is located in Purcellville, VA
Bruce Leland has been a professional horse trainer for more than 40 years. As a young man he rode with and learned from Mitch Steege, Henry Hulick, Gordon Wright and Bertalan DeNemethy. He also studied Classical Dressage for ten years with Elvira Luehr, the trainer of Dr. Reiner Klimke.
Sharon White, an established advanced level event rider, operates out of her Last Frontier Farm in Berryville, VA. Sharon, and members of her team, have been providing dressage, stadium and cross-country lessons to Tri-State members for over a decade. Also, Sharon has generously provided several weeks of adult summer camp for Tri-State riders.
Sharon is known for her absolute dedication to her horses, her students, and Last Frontier Farm. Sharon credits her success as a rider to the years of quality training she received from the best international event riders in the world. These include Bruce and Buck Davidson, whom she worked for at their Chesterland Farm, Torrance Watkins, for whom she worked while obtaining her degree, and Mary Flood who steadfastly built the foundation Sharon needed to succeed. More recently the coaching of the inimitable Jimmy Wofford and Jules Nyssen has been instrumental in giving Sharon a competitive edge.