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







John P. Hamilton- Grounds Manager

            John joined The Stables of Rolling Ridge in December 2017. A native of Maine, John had spent the past five years working at the Equestrian center at Pineland Farms where he operated as Grounds Manager, as well as Senior Barn Staff, alongside Rolling Ridge Business and Facilities Manager Abbie Winslow. He has worked in several different fields ranging from education, to retail management, to commercial fishing. John brings his enthusiasm for horses, as well as expertise in providing them the best possible living environment, to the Rolling Ridge team. While he has settled comfortably into Maryland life, He still holds true to his Maine roots by staying heavily involved with “Gatchell’s Ledge Oysters”, an aquaculture business that he founded with his father and brother.


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.