Our facility, located in the DC metropolitan area, seeks to offer unparalleled service and care to the professional dressage rider. Featuring a state-of-the-art training center, beautiful pastures, and 77 acres of fields with wooded trails, the farm is the perfect blend for every rider. We are a high-end equestrian facility offering every amenity needed. Not only will you have access to a top-of-the-line, brand-new training center, but also to personalized, professional care by well-educated and experienced staff.
The main Arena is attached to a 15 stall barn. Large windows overlook grassy turnout fields, as well as stone dust paddocks. The layout provides ease of use for any rider, with a professional-level approach to management and service. Guests can enjoy relaxing in the viewing room or watch horses working from the second balcony, or enjoy long hacks on the luxurious property.
GLENN & EMMI BERGMANN
Glenn and Emmi Bergmann have called The Stables of Rolling Ridge home since 2012. On their family farm is where they raise their four beautiful children, Selene, Hannah, Audrey and Liam, along with their two dogs, Galina, Olav, cats, family horses and flowers.
AICHA CHEN- Grounds Manager
Aicha is our newest addition to the team. An avid horse lover, she grew up in Europe, riding and competing from a very young age. She brings her enthusiasm for horses, gardening and the outdoors to our farm. She is the reason the grounds stay beautiful all year around.
Pictured here with fresh berries and plums grown right here locally on our farm!
ROY TOPPINGS - TRAINER
Roy has been riding and training horses for more than 20 years. He has started horses at training level and taken them up the ladder to be successful competitors at FEI. As both an active competitor and experienced trainer, Roy has the ability and the tools to find the balance between a rider’s desire and their horse’s needs, and truly take them both to the next level in their riding.
Roy’s deeply classical philosophy of training and teaching centers on allowing the horse to express its’ unique personality and talents, while still learning and improving. Roy advocates riding with “relaxed passion” and urges riders to learn the horse’s language to ride with empathy and compassion. His positive, respectful style and individual focus on each horse/rider pair is a hallmark of his training style. Roy’s personal training experiences have included an apprenticeship with Klaus Balkenhol, German dressage Olympian and coach of the German Olympic team. This experience further refined Roy’s training philosophy to ensure the needs of the horse are the highest priority. Roy also worked with Feliticas von Neumann Cosel for more than eight years. Roy is also a 2013 USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist. He has also cliniced extensively with George Williams, Nicole Uphoff, and Uwe Steiner.
Melissa Bonds - Wedding & Events Coordinator
Melissa Bonds, our onsite Weddings & Events Coordinator, comes to us as an experienced Wedding Venue Manager and Event Planner. After graduating college and earning a bachelor’s degree in Park and Recreation Management, Melissa moved on to manage a variety of recreational facilities for Montgomery Parks, and is the former venue manager of several popular local wedding venues including Seneca Lodge, Woodlawn Manor and the Agricultural History Farm Park. After years of venue and catering experience Melissa opened her own company, Under the Moon Events.
If you are interested in reserving the farm for a wedding or event, Melissa will provide you with a tour of the property and offer you the guidance you need through planning for the big day. Her passion for weddings, events, horses and flowers will be sure to shine through!