Gracie Grimes, assistant instructor at REF, has been with us since 2006. She has a background in pony club, eventing, and dressage. She is an excellent instructor that specializes in working with our beginner and intermediate riders of all ages. Gracie has a degree in Education and is working toward her Masters degree in Special Education. She has a wonderful way with the kids and does a fabulous job teaching for us. Gracie is our main instructor at the summer camps and is available for lessons during the week and weekends.
Our Four-Legged Professionals
We have a great team of training professionals who are not typically included on a trainer's page of a website. Our gelding and mare trainers are very important to us because they take care of and teach our human clients. We have a horse for every ability level and age.
Our beginner level schoolmasters Beach Ball and Prince are our bomb proof experts who can take our youngest riders from the schooling ring to the show ring. Don't let their small size fool you they are the two ponies who make sure all of the trainers are doing their jobs correctly!
Manis is a 16.3hh Dutch Warmblood and PSG level schoolmaster. He is our senior statesman and expert. Come take a lesson and let Manis show you how it is done.
Amigo is our favorite Arabian standing at 15.1hh. He is a great size for any rider. He has been there and done it all! Eventing horse, dressage horse and teacher who can patiently take you through a lesson or into a show ring and look handsome doing it!
Reba is our 15.1hh Quarter Horse Queen who can take you out for a day on the trails or a weekend in the show ring. She is a wonderful and patient girl who is happy to teach a beginner or advanced rider.
Tamale (The Hottest Tamale) is a 16.1hh wonderful all around schoolmaster who has taken a 9 year old rider around a cross country course in Kentucky and a senior rider back into the dressage ring. He is a barn favorite and can teach a beginner or a more advanced rider.
Donnie is a 16hh imported German Hanoverian. He is a solid third level horse who loves his barn family. He does a wonderful job of teaching our adult riders more advanced movements. He appreciates a treat after a job well done so come prepared!
Roberson Equestrian Facility
Olivia Dodd, barn manager and assistant instructor at REF, specializing in hunters, jumpers, and equitation is now accepting new clients of all ages and skill levels.
Olivia grew up in Ocala, Florida and received a B.A. in Equestrian Studies from Savannah College of Art and Design. While attending SCAD she successfully represented their equitation team at shows through National Championships in IHSA and ANRC National Championships in 2015. During college she also spent a summer riding and showing through 1.20m young horse classes in Germany.
Olivia has worked for various facilities and trainers on the A circuit along the East Coast including: Lincoln and Suzanne Russell, Jamie Stryker, Laura Hightower, and Jordan Siegel Gilchrist.
She is experienced in general horse care, training horses and teaching riders of all ages and skill levels. Olivia has experience in both the hunter and jumper ring. For more information about Olivia or to schedule a lesson please call 615-414-4840.
Jessica Roberson Wright
Jessica Roberson Wright, owner operator and head trainer at Roberson Equestrian Facility has over 30 years of riding experience. She is a former United States Pony Clubber and member of the 1996 USDF Region Three North American Young Riders Championship (NAYRC) Team. She has a degree in Recreational Therapy with a minor in Horse Science from Middle Tennessee State Unitversity. She is also a North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) certified instructor (Now called PATH).
In 2006 Jessica earned her USDF Bronze Medal in dressage and is working toward her Silver Medal. Currently she is concentrating on developing a young rider program. Her talent and love of teaching allow her to assist in the development of her young students in such a way that they not only gain confidence as riders, but as individuals. 2011 was the second year in a row that show was able to guide a young rider to the North American Young Riders Championships and the Festival of Champions, two of the top competitions offered in dressage at the FEI levels. In 2016 she was successful in helping another rider make it on the Reg 3 NAJYRC team.
In addition to the young riders, Jessica has a strong community of Adult Amateurs that she has coached to earn many USDF Medals. But whether you are a strong dressage enthusiast, an jumper wanting to improve your flat skills, or just someone wanting to get back into riding she loves to teach everyone!