August 2016 - Oakridge Farm: Jessica Havey & Mackinzie Pooley
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Sunday, 31 July 2016 18:50
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Two top professionals enhance the appeal of lovely San Diego boarding & training facility.

by Cheryl Erpelding

Nestled in San Diego North County’s Del Dios community, in a picturesque setting, is Oakridge Farm. Covered in live oak trees, the beautiful farm is an ideal setting for dressage riders with access to the Rancho Santa Fe and Elfin Forest trails. Horses in training, lay-ups and retirees are both welcome and are pampered with excellent footing in all arenas, three grass turn-outs, large corrals with full-size shelters and in-and-out barn stalls with generous bedding just to name a few of the many amenities.

Jessica Havey

Mackinzie Pooley

Along with great amenities come great trainers. Oakridge Farm is home to dressage trainers Jessica Havey and Mackinzie Pooley.

Jessica got her start in eventing on the East Coast. In 2000, Jess graduated from the University of Vermont with a pre-vet degree and went to work for a dressage trainer in Vermont as a barn manager and assistant trainer. She then moved to Florida to work for Nancy Later, where she learned the buying and selling part of the horse business and worked training younger horses up through the levels.

In 2009, Jess moved to Langley, British Columbia, where she worked for three-time Olympian Leslie Reid as a rider. Riding with Leslie was an invaluable experience and Jess’s riding skills rapidly developed the three years she spent in Canada. In 2012, Jess took a position for Sue Blinks in San Diego as assistant trainer. Here, she rode, trained and showed under Sue’s knowledgeable eye, riding the Leatherdale Farm’s horses, Hanoverians bred by Sue’s sponsors, Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

Jess has been out on her own for the past two-and-a-half years. She has her USDF Bronze and Silver medals and owns and shows Benny, her 9 year old Hanoverian. She is currently showing Jan Curtis’s 7 year old Hanoverian mare, Hello Halli at Prix St. Georges.

In addition to teaching in the area, she clinics locally as well as in Canada and Mexico.

Mackinzie Pooley recently moved to Oakridge Farm. She started riding at 7 with weekly jumping and dressage lessons that soon turned in daily lessons as she was hooked on horses from the beginning. When Mackinzie’s family moved to Southern California in 2003, she decided to focus solely on dressage.

Mackinzie had wonderful horses and trainers growing up. She rode with several top trainers including: David Wightman, Jo Hinnemann, Carl Hester, Debbie McDonald and Axel Steiner. Mackinzie has numerous successes with multiple horses over the last 13 years in the USA and in Europe.

Today Mackinzie is a highly respected Grand Prix rider. Her career accolades include USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals, seven North American Junior Young Riders Championship medals, three Reserve National Championship titles, a Top 10 World Ranking in the U-25 Division, competing for the USA in Europe, and multiple wins with many horses from Training level to Grand Prix.

Mackinzie moved her Platinum Dressage to Oakridge this year. She enjoys training a variety of horses from just-broke 3-year-olds to Grand Prix. Along the way she has demonstrated great skill in bringing out the best in a variety of different horses. Her love of the horses is paramount and she enjoys helping riders build a successful partnership with their horse.

Currently, Mackinzie is showing her mare Starlet M in Intermediare I, having brought the mare along since the age of 3. She is also showing Sharon Criswell’s Aloha, an 11-year old KWPN in the CDI Grand Prix, and several nice young horses and sales prospects at various levels.

Oakridge Farm regularly hosts clinics and has Alfredo Hernandez coming in to teach riders Aug. 17-19. Rides are $145 and audit fee is $20, including a champagne brunch. Clinic dates with Jan Curtis and Axel Steiner will be announced soon.

Jess and Mackinzie will be riding in the clinic, providing a perfect opportunity for prospective clients to see them in action.

Clients of Oakridge Farm love the facility. The ranch atmosphere allows horses to be horses and enjoy much larger roaming and grazing spaces than most boarding facilities offer. A well-trained staff residing on the property goes beyond to ensure the safety and well being of each horse.

For more information contact Oakridge Farm at 760-233-2135 or visit Jess can be reached at 802-598-0965, and Mackinzie at 949-274-6132.

Oakridge Farm regularly hosts clinics and has Alfredo Hernandez coming in to teach riders Aug. 17-19. Rides are $145 and audit fee is $20, including a champagne brunch. Clinic dates with Jan Curtis and Axel Steiner will be announced soon.