Our trainers are skilled in matching horse and rider to produce a winning team. We pride ourselves on offering the highest quality instruction combined with a sense of community and camaraderie amongst our riders, boarders and trainers.
Jill has been riding since 1976 and teaching, training and starting young horses since 1990. She was the founder and owner of the very successful show, sales and training facility named Hunters Grove for 15 years. Hunters Grove was located in Old Brookville, NY and has been sold. Presently she is the owner of
J A Hunters, a successful horse and pony training and sales business and is a trainer at The Red Barn.
Jill has had much success with all aspects of the horse show world, starting from the on-the-line winners at DEVON, to young hunters at shows including, WEF, OCALA, HITS, HAMPTONS, OLD SALEM, CAPITAL CHALLENGE and on Long Island. She has had many winning rider and horse combinations and her horses have been awarded numerous USEF zone and national year end awards.
She is a certified equine appraiser and a United States Equestrian Federation “R” licensed judge. She holds her “R” license in the hunter breeding and is pursuing her “R” licenses in Hunters, Equitation and Jumper divisions. Jill is also a USHJA Certified Trainer.
Katharine first started riding at the age of 14 at a farm located on the upper property of the current Red Barn in Old Brookville. She also worked at a local private farm throughout High School as a groom and exercise rider. She continued riding through college where she studied equine management, communications and psychology and rode for the college team.
After establishing a successful career in communications training and management, Katharine found herself back at the barn in 1999 where she rode under the instruction of Jim Rice.
She has been boarding at The Red Barn ever since, now riding under the instruction of one of Jim’s protégés and working as the Education & Special Events Coordinator.
Katharine has been volunteering with LIRHA (Long Island Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc) since 1999. She recently earned her Registered Riding Instructor Certificate through PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) and is continuing to work with LIRHA as their Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor. She also works with The Red Barn on their various therapeutic programs.
Marianne Dakin KutnerDirector
Marianne is a lifelong horsewoman, amateur hunter rider and an attorney practicing and consulting in the equine industry. She has been affiliated with The Red Barn for over twenty years as a boarder, riding student, business manager and program director. She presently manages the farm property and businesses.
In addition to her hands-on work at The Red Barn, she is a founding member of and General Counsel for the past decade to the United States Hunter Jumper Association, Inc. (USHJA). USHJA is the national affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) for the hunter and jumper disciplines of equestrian sport and provides education, promotion and governance for the disciplines and the organization’s forty thousand plus members nationwide. She also consults with various equine industry organizations and competition management groups.
Brittany Cacossa has been riding for over two decades starting at an early age with her mother, hunter/jumper professional and judge, Jill Aureliano. During her early riding career, Brittany rode countless young ponies and horses showing in the hunters at local and major competitions throughout the East.
She graduated from college in 2014 and began teaching and showing professionally. She continues to study with her mom and also takes instruction at Heritage Farms in Westchester County. She has coached IEA teams for two years and has directed and taught summer camp and horsemanship programs as well.
Currently, Brittany is accepting students for beginner through advanced levels and participates in both local and major competitions year-round.
Samantha has been riding since the age of 5 and training professionally on Long Island since 2013. Starting out as a groom for top trainers on Long Island, Samantha eventually chose to further her career by studying Equine Sciences and Education in college as well as competing as part of her school’s equestrian team.
After graduating college Samantha moved to Kent, CT where she worked and rode for Olympic Eventer Michael Page. Under Michael’s expert training she was able to work extensively with difficult horses all while improving her own riding abilities.
With a strong passion for the care and training of horses Samantha chose to move abroad and take the position of acting Farm Manager and Head Groom for International Show Jumper James Arkins at Rosthwate Farm (just outside Sydney, Australia). During her time managing the top showjumping operation, Samantha was responsible for 65 horses including broodmares, stallions, young stock, as well as lower level competition horses all the way up to World Cup Level.
Samantha currently works at The Red Barn where she specializes in beginner riders through competitive show jumping students.