A lifelong horse lover, Mindy began riding at 7 years old.
As an amateur, Mindy established Eighteen Acres Farm, LLC through which she purchased, developed, and sold quality young horses. While balancing her sales business and college, she also sought out opportunities to ride under different top professionals. As an amateur, some of Mindy's accomplishments include wins and circuit championships at the Winter Equestrian Festival, National Hunter Derby wins, a class win in the AOs at Devon, and countless quality horses sold into homes where they continue to thrive.
Since turning professional in December of 2016, Mindy has continued to seek out opportunities to learn and grow as a horse-person. Her diverse background of riding under and working for various professionals, her interest in managing the whole horse (including training and conditioning, veterinary and farrier care, feed and grooming, turnout, and so much more) set the tone for the horse-centric atmosphere at EAF. Mindy's love for horses is apparent and contagious through her program, which sets a precedent of putting the horses first at every turn. Since turning professional, Mindy has been successful in both the Grand Prix and International Hunter Derby arenas and shares her love and passion for both hunters and jumpers with her students.
As a coach, Mindy loves working with people from all walks of life and is well practiced at helping students accentuate their strengths and work through their weaknesses in a positive and encouraging environment.
Marcelino brings over 20 years of horse experience to our team with experience working in the racing, halter, breeding, and now Hunter/Jumper industries. His patient demeanor and attention to detail serve as the foundation and set the bar for the quality of care our team provides for each horse.
Abby has been involved in horses for her entire life. She has experience riding with and working for many different professionals, both US and European based, and draws from those varied experiences to have a broad skillset. Abby is passionate about young horse development in particular. Abby works with our grooms as well as our local vets and farriers and those around the country to ensure horses are managed properly both at home and on the road competing.
Vonla is from Glen Ellyn, IL and moved to Tulsa after college. She graduated from William Woods University in 2018 with majors in Business Administration and Equestrian Administration, as well as, a minor in Equine Science. While there, she helped run the Hunter/Jumper Show Team, participated in multiple clinics, and cared for the horses in the program. As a young rider, Vonla started out riding western and then transitioned to Hunter/Jumper early in high school. Vonla's love of animals doesn't just include horses, she also has a menagerie of reptiles, fish, cats, and dogs!
Vonla become an integral part of the EAF team in the summer of 2018 before becoming a full time staff member in 2020. Vonla now plays a key role in management, horse care, riding, and more at EAF.