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.