Instructors & Clinicians


Instructor Bios

Emily Sumner has over 20 years of riding experience and 10 years of teaching experience. Emily was formerly employed at a small animal veterinary practice. She is an Equine Management graduate from Cazenovia College, and also participated on the intercollegiate dressage team. In college, she was a national competitor and won many awards at the College's highest levels. She currently is the farm's instructor and summer camp director. Her main focus for her students is working towards a balanced seat to improve one's riding for any discipline. Emily provides excellent systematic instruction to all levels of riders on the lunge line, flat or over fences. Her positive instruction always emphasizes horse care and kind soft riding methods. Emily enjoys brining students to shows, trail riding, eventing, jumping, and dressage.

Ashley Cauvel has been riding as long as she can remember, growing up having horses in her backyard. Ashley is currently involved in Groton Pony Club and is working towards her HB rating. Her passions are jumping and eventing. She worked with Emily for 2 years as a teaching assistant, in lessons and summer camps. Ashley works well with children and always keeps her lessons fun.

Laura Santer is a college student at SNHU. Laura participated in Pony Club as a junior, and she was a former working student for Olympic rider Stephen Bradly. Laura also was active in the Hillsborough 4-H and traveled to KY for hippology nationals. Last year she was the overall reserve champion at the D4K dressage show in Saugerties, NY. She enjoys dressage, eventing, and competitive trail riding. She enjoys training and working with green horses. Laura offers a kind fun approach to lessons for riders of all ages and levels, and places a strong emphasis horsemanship.

Clinicians (Current & Past)

Karen Marcotte has 35 years of teaching and training experience.   Her background is in Eventing, Dressage and Show Jumping.  She is involved with the United States Pony Club. Karen is currently a National Examiner, National Chief Horse Management Judge, Regional Instructional Coordinator and District Commissioner.  She teaches camps and clinics around the country as well as testing and judging. Karen enjoys teaching all levels and age ranges.

Remmy Bron-van Dam   is an accomplished Dressage Instructor from Holland. Remmy has a soft and gentle approach and focuses on correct foundation work in both the horse and rider. She has an excellent eye and can help fine tune your riding skills on the flat. She has worked with juniors, adult amateurs, and professionals.

Trained with an instructor from the Spanish Riding school of Vienna for eight years.  

She successfully trained over 100 Haflingers, Dutch Warmbloods, Friesians, Fjords and Arabians for their evaluation tests under the saddle.

Remmy became Dressage champion of the Northern part of the Netherlands through 4th level. She also became champion driven dressage in all levels with a Friesian and Haflinger.

Certified instructor for both riding and driving, with experience over 34 years.

Certified Dressage Judge for all classes, also drill team, Young horses classes (to find talented Young horses for the dressage), breed classes.

Certified Driving Judge for dressage, cones, combined

Remmy has worked with dressage riders, eventers, and Driving.

Janice Conlon is an experienced S event judge, FEH/YEH, R dressage judge, Young horse/ equitation/freestyle dressage judge. She has dedicated herself to teaching others as she has retired from competing. She had successful careers in both dressage and eventing, earning a USDF silver medal. she travels to New England monthly for dressage clinics. Her progressive training system works for both horse and rider at any level.

Robin Groves  has successfully competed in many riding and driving disciplines for nearly half a century. Currently Robin is the USEF National Champion in Combined Driving, for the second time. Robin was a member of two US Combined Driving teams that competed at the World Single Championships held in Poland (2008) and Italy (2010). Both Robin and Wilson compete year round at the advanced level in combined driving and can be found on the competition rosters of pleasure shows and distance drives including the GMHA 100 mile drive each spring.

Robin and Wilson are knowledgeable equestrians and over the years have been involved in eventing, dressage, jumping, competitive trail, endurance and pleasure show driving with many championship ribbons in these disciplines.