The Facility 

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. 

 


The Team

Miriam Arlan- BUSINESS & FACILITIES MANAGER

Miriam has over 30 years experience in the equine field. She began riding as a child and has owned horses from the age of 15. While earning her Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies from the University of Massachusetts she rode hunter/jumper competitively along with showing the University's yearlings “in hand”. While living in Southern California she followed her passion into the sport of dressage; riding and training her own horses while managing a private competition dressage barn of upper-level horses competing at national and international levels. Experienced in equine healthcare, trailering, all preparation on the show circuit along with stable management and project management in the construction of an equine facility. Miriam has done most of her training with Kim Kulesa (USDF Bronze, Silver, Gold medalist, trainer/coach of USDF year end award winners through the FEI levels) located at Spirit Equestrian in Somis,CA. and in 2014 she attained her Certification from the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians, recognized by the AAEP as an Equine Veterinary Assistant.

 

JESSI KRITZAS

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Jessi began riding at the age of 8, showing hunters and jumpers in New Jersey and Virginia, where she spent her adult life.  During the 20 years she served in the US Navy she balanced her passion for horses with her military duties. She spent her off duty hours starting youngsters, finishing her own green horses as show jumpers, teaching lessons to children, and providing horse care at various boarding facilities.  She is experienced in horse management in a variety of environments from large boarding facilities to private farms, with many equine disciplines including hunter/jumpers, western, Arabians, and dressage. Jessi prides herself on providing meticulous attention to each horse in her care.

 

Barbara Strawson-Resident Trainer

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Head Trainer Barbara is one of our onsite, Upper-Level trainers. She is a USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medalist, most recently achieving her Gold Bar. Barbara’s extensive resume includes over 20 years of training and showing a multitude of horses from Training Level through FEI Grand Prix. Barbara spent four years in Germany with four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Nicole Uphoff.  While in Germany, Barbara trained and competed as Nicole’s assistant. Barbara began her FEI career with Scott Hassler, -- USEF Young Horse Dressage Coach.  She was also the Assistant trainer at Hilltop Farm for over ten years. Barbara founded Barbara Strawson, LLC in 2005 after returning from Germany. Barbara’s vast wealth of knowledge and sensitivity to horse and rider allow her to provide a high quality of training. She enjoys teaching all types of horses and riders. Her mission is to help each individual realize and reach their full potential.