Katherine Abrams is a USDF silver and bronze medalist. She has experience though FEI Intermediare 1 and both of her personal horses are currently schooling Grand Prix. Katherine also has extensive experience training green horses, and has developed many of HHEC's school horses herself. She is a very popular instructor for children and adults and is known for her deep knowledge of biomechanics, empathetic training, and sports psychology.
She has studied with many notable instructors including Caroline Atherholt , Tammi Batts , Sue Cooper, Lucinda Green, Lendon Grey, Karen & David O'Connor, Pati Pierucci, Linda Zang, Jeremy Steinburg and Daniel Stewart. She currently studies with Allison Brock. Katherine holds the highest level in United States Pony Club certification as an "A" dressage, as well as her USDF Bronze and Silver Bars in Musical Freestyle. Katherine has also created musical freestyles for multiple clients, many of which are highly successful in recognized competition.
Katherine's competition highlights include:
Katherine has experience training a variety of breeds of horses, and has had competitive success in the recognized show world with unusual breeds and types of horses. She focuses on the mental and physical development of the horse, with a holistic approach to training that includes ground training, clicker training, and cross training with a classical dressage background. She currently campaigns a Quarter Horse, Lusitano, and a Lipizanner.
In addition to her dressage experience, Katherine has competed through training level eventing at the recognized level and has jumped up to preliminary. She has also competed through Horse 1 in show jumping, and was a successful reining competitor in the past. Katherine is available on a limited basis for lessons, as well as competition coaching, and training.
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Molly is a USDF silver and bronze medalist with over ten years of competitive dressage experience. She currently competes at the FEI level on Harmony Hills' Connemara gelding Higgy, and she is developing two of her personal mounts with the end goal of competing a self-trained horse at the Grand Prix level. Molly is very passionate about teaching both children and adults, and is an experienced instructor with a positive approach to learning and goal achievement. She teaches many competitive and casual riding students at all levels, and focuses on empathetic training, creative problem-solving, and sports psychology.
Molly has trained under many prestigious instructors, including Sue Cooper, Pati Pierucci, Linda Zang, Daniel Stewart, and more. She currently studies with Allison Brock. Molly has ridden many different types of horses in her career, and enjoys riding and training all varieties of breeds. She currently personally campaigns a Connemara, Half Arabian, and a German Riding pony. In addition to classical dressage, Molly has a creative and kind approach to training that includes experience with clicker training, liberty riding, and more. Molly is well-versed on horse and rider biomechanics, and also has an eye for teaching equitation. She is a C-3 pony club member, and was selected based on her qualifications for the 2016 National Youth Congress.
Molly's competitive highlights include:
In addition to dressage, Molly has experience competing in eventing, polocrosse, and show jumping. Molly graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Tech in 2017. She is available for lessons, show-coaching, and training.
Working Student/independent Instructor
Alex Jones has experience at the USDF dressage levels and currently works at HHEC as an instructor and directly working with the head and assistant trainer managing the training/competition horses and equipment. She has competed through 3rd level and works over fences at lower levels. She also has experience working with green horses. She has wonderful attention to detail and organizational skills, and facilitates much of the daily training and riding on the farm.
Alex is a favorite instructor for young children and many beginners. She has a natural gift for communication with some of our youngest clients, and provides lessons that are empowering and fun for even the most inexperienced riders. Alex is available for starter packages and lessons.
Alexis Owens is an older member of our own Sinking Creek Pony Club. She holds a C-2 USPC certification, and has competed through second level dressage. She has attended USPC championships multiple times in dressage and show jumping, and has evented through beginner novice at recognized events. She has also attended clinics with many well-known eventing and dressage riders.
Alexis is a great instructor for children and adults alike, and teaches correct basics in riding and horse care, as well as intermediate dressage and jumping. Alexis is available for weekend lessons.
Founder and Owner
Terry is the founder and president of Harmony Hills Equestrian Center, Inc. since its inception in 1999. She has earned the respect and reputation in the local community as a top instructional facility in Southwest Virginia where beginner and advanced riders are all welcome.
She is the founder of Sinking Creek Pony Club. She has brought along both the pony club group to be able to compete successfully in mounted events at National and State levels for the past 13 years. Terry also started the successful scholarship and student worker programs at H.H.E.C. that have allowed approximately 50 students to learn to ride, free of charge. Some of these students have gone on to earn Equestrian degrees and are now employed in the equine industry. She also serves as the Vice Regional Supervisor for the Old Domion Region Pony Club, and still coordinates and organizes various shows, clinics and rallies in the S.W. Virginia area. She also is currently serving on the U.S.P.C. National Dressage Committee.
Terry holds a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland. Before starting Harmony Hills, she worked as a Social Worker in Prince George's Co., MD as well as in San Fransisco, CA. She took 10 years off work to raise her two children, Maria and Katherine. But in 1999, she pursued her life-long dream of establishing a riding facility. She wanted to build a farm that not only offered top care for the horses and animals she loved, but to be able to provide a safe, professional riding program in an area where a family-centered facility was greatly needed.