MEET THE ALTAIR FAMILY
Katie began riding at the age of 9, when her parents gave her horseback riding lessons for a holiday gift. Little did they know, this would be the beginning of a life-long passion. Katie spent as much time as she could at her lesson barn, working to help pay for lessons and extra ride time.
Katie got her first horse in college, rescuing a small paint pony, who would help to shape her equine interests to rehab and training. In college, Katie worked on founding the University at Buffalo Equestrian Team where she successfully competed under the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. It was with the UB’s team coach that Katie began to explore an interest in eventing. Katie graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2009 with her BA in Psychology. She continued on to get her certification to teach therapeutic riding through PATH-International, and currently works at a facility in Webster, NY as an Advanced Instructor.
Katie began riding with Troy Wing in 2012, when she was on the search for her next equine partner and officially joined the TW Eventing Team at Altair Farm in April 2014 as the team’s second working student. Joining the crew has been nothing but amazing experiences, so far. Since joining the team, Katie has had the privilege of riding with upper level event riders Will Coleman, Jennie Brannigan and Will Faudree. Katie is very thankful for the opportunity to assist with the growth and expansion of the farm, looking forward to the learning, training, and competition experiences to come, as well as helping all members of the team, both 2 and 4 legged, reach their full potential.
Kristin was born and raised in Fairport, NY. She spent the majority of her childhood at Jensen Stables where her love for horses blossomed. She somehow convinced her parents to purchase her very first horse “Endless Dream” at the age of 15.
She took a 25 year hiatus from riding to follow her passion for sports and to pursue her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Once she moved back into the Rochester area her desire to ride came to a head and she purchased her first OTTB of her adult life, "Sirius." She and her husband then settled in Webster and started to develop their own farm. Kristin is also the founder and owner of TheraVet Acres Rehabilitation and Fitness (www.thera-vet.com), a unique veterinary facility focusing on canine and equine wellness.
With the purchase of Altair Farms in January of 2014 another one of her dreams came true. She hopes to continue to find time to pursue her passion of competing and eventing. She shares her heart, home and love with her husband, Dana, daughter Mckenzie, and their menagerie of animals.
Chantrelle began riding at the age of 7 in Pennsylvania where she grew up. She began at Signal Hill Stables where she joined Manada Creek Pony Club of the Maryland region, obtaining her C-1 rating on her welsh/Halfling pony, River. She went to horse camp every summer at Houghton College, eventually becoming a camp counselor and started teaching lessons in the summer of 2007. She then attended Houghton College and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Equestrian Studies in 2011. While at Houghton she rode with multiple clinicians including Walter Zettl and Eddo Hoekstra.
After graduation, she moved to the Rochester area and obtained her NYS Paramedic degree from Monroe Community College and is currently working as a Paramedic at Monroe Ambulance.
Her horse is a 1997 OTTB gelding named Austin, who she bought from Houghton College when she graduated in 2011. Austin has a very enthusiastic view of 3-day eventing, just like Chantrelle. As a youngster, Austin raced at the Finger Lakes Racetrack under the name Billy Gunn.
She began training with Troy Wing at his farm in Newark. Once Troy Wing Eventing moved to Altair Farm, she started working with the rest of the team as a third working student in 2014. The Troy Wing Eventing team is full of enthusiasm for the sport and for their 4 legged partners who, without them, this would not be possible. Since joining the TWE team she has had the amazing opportunity of riding with upper level event riders like Jennie Brannigan and Will Faudree. She continues to strive to improve her riding and partnerships with every horse she has the privilege of riding. Each and every horse has a unique and exciting relationship to build with each rider.
Troy started riding at the age of 14. He became a working student for Sharon Best and Karen Karkow, both former advanced level event riders, from 1996-1997. When Troy was 21, he studied in Ireland, obtaining his BHSAI ( British Horse Society certificate) at Clonshire Equestrian Center. Troy continued growing by working as a top level groom and farm manager, and has been running his own farm for the last 16 years.
Troy has continued his education as rider/ instructor/ trainer by riding with multiple upper level trainers including: Darren Chaichai, Will Faudree, Will Coleman, Jennie Brannigan, Walter Zettl, and many others.
Troy has trained horses through intermediate level in eventing . His main focus is eventing but also competes and trains in dressage, jumpers, and hunters.
His true pride and joy are his 10 year old son Landon and 6 year old daughter Taylor who enjoy every aspect of the horse world with him. Troy prides himself on being able to bring out the best in each horse and being able to find their best suitability of discipline.
Sarah began riding in New Jersey at age 7, when several of her friends peer pressured her into going to a riding lesson with them. A little girl who was scared of everything, apparently had no fear of horses. She continued lessons at the prestigious Overpeck Stables until she was 13 when she moved to Rochester with her family. Sarah continued lessons and began showing more steadily in the hunter world. In 2003, she purchased a 15 year old bay thoroughbred mare named Rye, who was a very successful hunter mount. During the same time, Sarah had started going to Sprucelands Horse Camp in Java Center, NY where they presented her with a project horse - a 10 year old straggly, bay, thoroughbred mare who hadn't been ridden in years. The mare, Hannah, had been a brood mare and was in dire need of work. Sarah fell in love with her; she loved the challenge and the feeling of small successes with an inexperienced horse. At the end of the summer she arranged to sell Rye and buy Hannah.
Hannah was everything Sarah thought an Eventing mount should be so she also decided to switch disciplines and start Eventing. Lucretia Galbraith helped kick off their eventing career. Hannah ended up being an extremely brave mare and quickly carried Sarah through the novice level. As Hannah started to slow down, Sarah fell into her current mount, Sin Fallo, or Emma. Emma was one of Lucretia's homebreds that had an uncanny ability to jump. When Hannah passed away in 2010, Sarah put all of her effort into making Emma her next eventer. Together the team moved to Altair Farms in 2014 where they began training under Troy Wing. Although Emma has challenged Sarah in many ways, they have figured it out and became a great team, culminating in their win at the American Eventing Championships in the novice division in 2016. Together, Sarah and Emma have worked with numerous top riders including Gunnar Ostergaard, Will Faudree, Doug Payne, Buck Davidson, and many others.
Sarah hopes to one day have a small place of her own where she can train a few youngsters to start Eventing. She has already gained so much knowledge from working with the TWE team and can't wait to see what the coming seasons hold.
Riding runs in Kelly's family. She grew up on Long Island and comes from a family where riding and competing has spread across the generations. She grew up learning to ride with her sister and has her grandma and mom to thank for teaching her everything she knows. Kelly grew up doing jumpers and equitation but began eventing at the age of 12, with her first horse, Abby, and then with her second horse Indy. She competed both at the novice level.
Kelly then went to college up here at the University at Buffalo, studying health and human services. Kelly currently works full time for Rochester Regional Health, in addition to being a working student at Altair. Kelly started riding with Troy in 2014 after graduating from UB, and made the decision to live in Rochester permanently.
Kelly began as a working student in 2016. Kelly did not own a horse through college, until last year with her purchase of Ali, a 17.1 hh OTTB from Fingerlakes Racetrack. Kelly very much looks forward to their future together in eventing. She is so thankful for all the opportunities she has had so far, and loves being part of the fun TWE team!