California Riding Magazine •September, 2013

Emerald Bay Farms: Mary Nicita
New Norco location for well-known hunter/jumper training program.

Mary Nicita's Emerald Bay Farm welcomes new students as it adds a second location to its Norco base. For the past several years, the veteran Southern California hunter/jumper trainer has operated her training operation at her home stable. That worked out fine, but she was thrilled when neighbors down the street in Norco Hills invited her to become the resident trainer at their Singing Hills Farm.

The expansion allows Mary to keep and enjoy her own horses at home and to focus totally on her students and their horses while she's at the new location. The owners, NoRhett Walls and Jerry Wallace, maintain a great facility, Mary enthuses. "It's located in the middle of Norco Hills and it's quite serene. Horses really like it here." Large 12' by 16' box stalls with runs, an automatic fly spray system and a beautifully maintained jumping arena with excellent footing are just a few of
its amenities.

The emphasis of Mary's training program stays the same: helping riders advance in their horsemanship while also having a great time. Emerald Bay students have been successful at local through national levels of the show circuit and she's happy to tailor the show agenda to whatever best suits her clients' wishes. Mary is very pleased to bring on another veteran trainer, Barbara Pinella, who will work with the show-oriented riders and coach them at competitions.

A friendly, low-key, family atmosphere has been a trademark of Mary's program over the years. She has an infectious sense of enthusiasm and fun that she considers essential to her training efforts. "We are competitive and we keep it fun," she says of the vibe among Emerald Bay Farms clients. "Everybody likes to hang out with each other."

Mary is well known throughout Southern California. She grew up riding in San Diego and counts Sandi Nissen as one of her most influential mentors throughout the early years of her career.

Mary welcomes inquires. For more information, call her at 909-223-2622 or reach her by e-mail at