• July 12, 2016

Pepperwood Farm is proud to offer an open door policy for professional trainers for the benefit of our boarders. Trainers have been selected with upmost care and concern for your riding experience. Our trainers maintain current Equestrian Liability Insurance Policies.

The farm has many participating trainers, including the following.

Bill Garvey

Bill has been an accomplished horseman for over 35 years. He excels at building a solid foundation for the green horse on the flat or over fences. Contact Bill at the above links or at (919) 909-9924.

Rebecca Vick

Rebecca is a Grand Prix Dressage rider and trainer and a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist.  She worked extensively under Jim Koford as an assistant trainer for over 7 years. Rebecca was also a finalist in Robert Dover's Search for America's Next Equestrian Star, where she had the opportunity to work with many dressage "greats" such as Lisa Wilcox, Ashley Holzer, Tina Konyot, and Robert Dover and Katherine Bateson-Chandler.  She continues to supplement her education by working with Koford and Kathy Rowse, and taking clinics with Conrad Schumacher, Anne Gribbons, and others, and loves passing these lessons along to students and horses of all stages of training.  In September 2013, Rebecca graduated from the USEF Dressage L Judge Education Program with Distinction. Rebecca is a true believer that dressage can make any horse better and more athletic, and her solid training foundation has a major focus on throughness and using correct rider position to create a harmonious, happy horse and rider team. Contact Rebecca at the above links or at (910) 257-3033.

Ashli Anderson Rist

Ashli has over 30 years experience riding and showing hunters, jumpers and equitation. Ashli teaches all levels, beginner to the A show circuit. Ashli teaches with the emphasis on functionality of proper position and equitation, creating an effective horse/rider team. Contact Ashli at the above links or at (919) 201-2853.

Lisa Dye

Lisa Dye Watkins offers hunter/jumper training, sales, and lessons from beginner through upper-level jumpers and 3'6 equitation/hunters. Under Lisa Dye Watkins, students have accomplished many local, national, and international achievements. Lisa was twice named Chef de Equipe by the USEF for Junior International jumping teams in 2008 and 2009. Lisa coached to a gold medal win in Santiago, Chile 2009. Training and coaching is available at shows from local to "AA" rated on the East Coast. Lisa enjoys teaching students and horses of all levels. She focuses on the success of each horse and rider whether their goals are the show ring or for the love of riding. Each program is designed for the individual horse and rider. Contact Lisa at the above links or at (919) 369-3944. Stalls available for lesson clients or horses in training.

Rebecca Effron

Rebecca Effron combines her knowledge and experience of horsemanship and horse care to create positive relationships between riders and their horses. Rebecca has been a part of nearly every facet of the horse industry. She focuses on solid foundations, as well as goal-oriented training to progress horses and riders through all levels. She concentrates on the Hunter/Jumper discipline, using classical techniques founded by the “masters of equitation”, as well as rider position, and the implementation of training a horse to learn to be happy and content with their jobs. Rebecca is also a proponent of teamwork with other horse care professionals, and loves keeping up with the latest veterinary techniques, nutrition, and positive management practices. Rebecca's resume can be found here, and her service rate list can be found here. Contact Rebecca at the above Facebook link or at (919) 345-2242.

Briana Pehlman

Briana offers riding instruction at Pepperwood. She began her riding career as a child showing hunters and jumpers through 3'6, has foxhunted, evented through Novice in college, then began to study dressage and how it can be used to enhance performance in other disciplines. Briana began giving riding lessons at her first management job, and has continued to pass along her skills to riders young and old, from beginners to 3'. She places a strong emphasis on solid basics and in learning to be an effective rider both in and out of the ring. Students learn horsemanship and horsecare as well as riding skills, and are taught how to build a genuine partnership with the horse.