Introducing Our New Florida Rep – Rachel!
Rachel owns Copperstone Equestrian Center in Brooksville, Florida – a horse farm specializing in barefoot performance horses, offering equine training and horse sales. Rachel’s diverse riding background includes dressage, jumping, trail riding, fox hunting, driving, and even western. Rachel grew up in a military family and began taking dressage lessons in middle school when her family lived in Germany. She continued taking riding lessons when her family moved back to the States and was able to purchase her first horse while in college at the University of Missouri. Rachel now holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s in Food Science. She has developed her own custom whole grain feed blend, which may be sold in stores in the future.
Rachel is a firm believer in keeping horses naturally. The horses at Copperstone live in a herd on a paddock track system with a variety of hays and fresh filtered water available. The horses are free to seek shelter, eat, play, groom, and explore the track at will. This natural lifestyle results in calm, happy horses that are more than willing to work. Rachel is a barefoot farrier and trims the horses herself. She learned to trim when she bought her first horse over 8 years ago. Rachel now trims horses (and donkeys, pigs, goats, etc.) for clients and teaches private hoof trimming lessons.
Rachel’s goal in training is to develop correctly trained dressage horses that are cross-trained in H/J, trail, and other English disciplines. Breeds of horses coming in for training and sale include Akhal-Teke horses, Warmbloods, drafts, ponies, and more. Having a properly-fitted saddle is a vital part of training to ensure that each horse remains comfortable and is able to perform their best. After years of riding in treed saddles and constantly having to shim, re-flock, and “make it work” using even for the big-name saddle brands, Rachel decided to venture out in search of a treeless saddle. She wanted flexibility in fitting, comfort, and to see a visible improvement in the gaits. She researched treeless saddles for several months before settling on the Freeform saddles. Rachel uses the Freeform saddles for training and showing in multiple English disciplines. She also owns and loves the Freeform Ultimate Trail.