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.
Brianne is from Wake Forest, North Carolina, relocating to Oklahoma following her graduation from North Carolina State University to join the EAF Team. She majored in Animal Science with a concentration in Industry and had the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland at learning about Equine Industry, specifically the stud farms, the racing industry and feed companies. Brianne also was a 4 year member of the NCSU Hunter Jumper team and served as their treasurer during her junior year. She worked for a small animal vet during high school and for a mobile equine vet during her college years. Prior to college, Brianne had much success with her beloved Applewood qualifying for many equitation finals and Zone 3 Children’s Finals; however, her first love? Is her OTTB, Mason Dixon Line whom she still owns and loves to spoil. And not to be forgotten, Brianne’s other 4 legged sidekick is her rescue pup, Derby.
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.
Libby Barrow has been a professional in the horse industry for almost 50 years! She brings her vast knowledge to every lesson she teaches from the first time rider all the way to the seasoned show rider.
Libby has been Mindy's mentor for many years and actually gave Mindy her first riding lesson 20 years ago. Libby was the Head Trainer at Farewell Farms before Mindy bought the property in 2018. Libby has stayed very involved in Eighteen Acres Farm so you will see her teaching lessons most days and coaching at schooling shows.
Nicole is a lifelong horse lover who has had experience in both the hunter and jumper divisions across the country. When she wasn't showing, Nicole was a veterinarian technician for Exclusively Equine Vet Services for 5 years. She has experience in wound and emergency care.
Now she is on the road traveling to horse shows with Mindy as her right hand! When not on the road she is a great addition to the team at the farm helping in any area she can!