Boarding, Care and Shows
Nancy started riding at the age of 7 at Hazelwild Farm in Spotsylvania, Virginia. She grew up riding there and learned on 70 of their school horses. It was Hazelwild’s philosophy to be well diversified in riding, learning all different aspects of equestrian studies. As Nancy grew up, she spent every day there and learned lifelong lessons on being in the horse business. Breaking and training horses, farm management, riding on the drill team, foxhunting, being a camp counselor, horse showing, grooming and braiding, and assisting the vet were lifelong skills that she will always carry with her.
At the age of 10, Nancy progressed from showing on the local circuit to the A shows. She rode on the A circuit up and down the East Coast for 8 years with many year-end champions and reserves in VHSA, MHSA and AHSA. Being gone every weekend and never coming home during the summers to horse show was just a way of life. Nancy qualified and won some top ribbons at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS). She finished 2nd (after qualifying in her division) in the Pony Hunter Classic at Harrisburg (Pennsylvania National) and won the Even Gamble Challenge Trophy at the WIHS in the stake class. She also won the AHSA Medal at Upperville in Virginia. Nancy rode under several different top trainers, such as A. Elizabeth Morrison, Pam Baker (Hillcrest Farm), and Richard Zimmerman. She also did “catch rides” for Farnley Farm at the horse shows. Nancy remembers all of the time, dedication, and sacrifices that it took to do all of that horse showing, but all of the great memories, all of the friends she made, and the special bond and love she has for horses now, made it all worthwhile.
Nancy moved to Georgia in 1988 after she was married to her husband, Mike, who works for the FBI in Atlanta as a Special Agent. Nancy still continued to ride, train and horse show when she moved here and judged many shows, but used her nursing degree and worked as a Registered Nurse for several years before having her two children, Erik and Libby. Now, for the past decade, Nancy has turned professional and is back in the horse business full swing and enjoying the hard work that it takes to ensure that each one of her students meet any and all goals that they might have. Nancy says that her true passion is bringing along the young rider and developing them into not only a beautiful equitation rider, but a highly skillful, effective rider that can adjust to any horse and any circumstance.
Carley Copeland Harper was born and raised in Newnan, Georgia and has been riding and showing horses in this area for over 15 years. She showed in Britches & Boots, SHJG, GHJA and the RMI series. She currently takes online classes through the University of West Georgia and is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. Carley is a wonderful asset to the WOF team of instructors offering her youthful exuberance combined with a lifetime of experience of riding and showing. Carley serves as a member of the SHJG executive board.
Christine Bednarick is a PTC mother of two and has been married for 24 years to a very understanding and supportive husband. Christine grew up in the Maryland horse country, competing on the circuit, beginning at age 5, with a number of challenging ponies and horses. In her teen years, Christine was involved in the area's first recreational and therapeutic riding center, helping to provide equine assisted activities and equine assisted therapy (HPOT) to children and adults with a variety of physical, cognitive, and psychological disabilities. After taking a brief break from horses to graduate from Vanderbilt University Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Educational Psychology, she got back into the horse world whole heartedly. She created a successful lesson program, hosting shows and summer camps, for 9 years. Christine's extensive experience riding, training and caring for horses complements her formal training in education as she develops children, adults, and equines into well-rounded, confident equestrians. American Riding Instructors Association member.
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Windy Oaks Farm provides a competitive show schedule for intermediate and advanced riders. We compete in a mix of schooling shows, local shows and A rated shows.
2016 Tentative GHJA/SHJG Local Shows:
March 5-6 HSV
March ? SHJG Kick-off/Clinic
April 30 - May 1 HSV
May 28-29 HSV
May ? SHJG Step N Free Show
June 18-19 WOF Summer Splash Show
July 30-31 HSV
August 20-21 WOF Back to School Show
September 10-11 SHJG Meadow Wood Show
September 17-18 HSV
October 1-2 Cheryl & Co., GIHP
October ? SHJG Finals
November 5-6 HSV
November 17-20 GHJA Finals, WPEC
IEA Team Show Schedule:
WOF is excited to be hosting an IEA team! IEA, Interscholastic Equestrian Association, allows middle and high school students to compete against each other in college team format.
2016-2017 IEA Team will be forming soon. Contact Wendy if you're interested in joining our winning team!!!
Remainder of 2016 IEA Show Schedule:
Jan. 24 - Middle GA IEA , GIHP
Feb. 21 - Zone 4 Region 9 FINALS, GIHP
April 1-3 Zone 4 FINALS, Clemson Univ.
April 20-24 IEA National Finals, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY