June 2017 - Olivia Loiacono: OKL Eventing
Written by Abby Tillinghast
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 05:45

Young but worldly eventing trainer brings her experience to new facility in San Diego County’s Vista.

by Abby Tillinghast for Athletux, Inc. • photos by Shannon Brinkman

The backbone of any top notch training operation is its facility, a concept Olivia Loiacono knows well. Over the coming weeks, Olivia is excited to be moving her training operation, OKL Eventing to a private facility in North County San Diego. Since moving back to Southern California and launching her training operation in 2013, Olivia has been based out of high quality boarding operation Swede Equine, maintaining her own horses along with several clients’ at the pristine facility but leaving the care of her horses in the hands of others. As her operation has continued to grow and prosper, Olivia recently seized an opportunity to maintain a facility of her own and undertake the care and handling of her horses herself. Olivia found the perfect fit at Shady Oak Farm in beautiful Vista.

Moving from nearby San Marcos, Olivia finds sunny Southern California to be the perfect year round training location. As a bonus, her new facility is located halfway between Galway Downs and Copper Meadows, home to three-day events throughout the year and numerous cross-country schooling opportunities. Situated just 10 minutes from her current facility, Olivia is excited for the move to a smaller farm housing only her training operation. The new facility resides on 10 acres and boasts a main barn with 10 large stalls overlooking the large, fully lit arena. A second shed row style barn offers 12 additional 16’ x 24’ stalls, while four large turnouts are available for the farm’s inhabitants to stretch their legs. The facility also boasts a large covered round pen, perfect for rainy days and early education of young horses.

While the well-developed infrastructure of the property will be ideal for training and lessons, Olivia is most excited about the hacking options available directly off of the facility. A small network of hills are located just behind the arena that offer a perfect conditioning space, while several miles of trails are accessible directly from the property, no trailer needed! In addition to the facility itself, Olivia is thrilled to be running her own facility and taking over the comprehensive management of her horses.

“I’m excited to manage the care myself,” she comments. “I’ll be able to cater to every part of my horse’s well-being.”

Managing the care of her horses includes plenty of extra work for Olivia, but she is excited for the challenge, already placing hay orders and making plans for the move. Eleven horses will make their way to Shady Oak in the coming weeks, and Olivia hopes some of her clients who currently trailer in for lessons will soon make the move as well. Alongside her client horses, Olivia has several of her own young re-sale projects traveling to the new facility, and she hopes to soon find a new upper level prospect to add to her string. With nearly 15 stalls available, OKL has plenty of room to grow.

Olivia is a California native. She earned her U.S. Pony Club A rating and competed up through the CIC* level with coach Hawley Bennett. She has since worked for and with many of the sport’s best: including Buck Davidson, Karen and David O’Connor and William Fox Pitt.

Along the way, she competed up through the Advanced level, including successful completions at Fair Hill International CCI***, Jersey Fresh CCI*** and the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event with her longtime partner, Subway, in 2011. The rookie pair finished 15th in a large and competitive field of horses and riders with far more experience and training at that level. Olivia was thrilled with their performance, and noted her special relationship with Subway, who she purchased when she was 15 hoping he could jump high enough to take her through her “A” rating in Pony Club. Subway exceeded her expectations and took her much further, providing her with a consistent string of positive experiences at the upper levels.

She looks forward to putting all the experience and knowledge gained during those years to work for her growing clientele at Shady Oak.