Eden Farm LLC

Eden Farm LLC

4 employees
17 years in business

About this pro

I am a USHJA certified instructor with over 25 years experience riding, showing and training.  I truly love sharing my passion for the hunter/jumper discipline through riding and training horses and people.  Our lessons consist of flatwork, cavaletti work, jumping and gymnastics.  Our course is changed at least bi-weekly with new excercises to challenge our riders.  We offer group and private lessons and many of our clients prefer our full training board program to achieve their competition goals.  We have a wonderful local show circuit for up and coming riders and we also show the "A" circuit including HITS, Tryon, Kentucky, Atlanta and more for riders who want to compete at that level.  One of our riders was circuit champion the last two years at HITS in the jumpers, and we have a hunter pony who recently won a ribbon at pony finals. We also have horses and ponies for sale and you can count on honesty and integrity on every level with owner/trainer Megan Galloway.  Megan is an Ocala native and her 2 daughters both ride and train and her son is at the farm most days keeping the facility running.  The farm is located in the heart of Ocala on 30 acres. 

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Ocala, FL 34474
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I discuss their goals, objectives and experience.  Then I schedule a private lesson to further ascertain their level of experience and whether group lessons, private lessons or a combination of both would be a better fit.  I also invite any prospective students to watch a lesson so as to learn my style and see the farm. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I competed nationally on the "A" circuit as a junior rider and won pony finals at age 12 as well as championships at Devon, Indoors, WEF and many other shows.  I trained with Leslie Gamble, Christina Schlusemeyer and Don Stewart.  Christina and Don are considered 2 of the top trainers in the country.  I have a degree in Economics from Furman University and worked in banking and investments for 12 years, which helps me with the business side.  I also have my certification with USHJA and I train bi-weekly with Grand Prix rider Anna Gansaur. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Yes my beginner program for first time riders is $50 for a 25 minute lesson.  My group lessons are $60.00 and private lessons are $65.00. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started with my 4 year old daughter and her cousin.  I threw a pony ride birthday party for her when she turned 4 and many of the parents asked if I could also give lessons to their kids.  I began giving lessons then and my business just continued to grow after that. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all levels, adults and children.  I am best suited for riders looking to compete at 1.20 meter or below.  We have hunters, jumpers and ponies at Eden Farm and our students have enjoyed success on all levels from walk trot to High Child/Adult Jumpers and Hunters. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My student Lawson Whitaker age 12 won 2nd in her classic round in the 1.0 meter jumpers at an A show in Tampa on 11/11/18.  She missed first by only fractions of a second.  She just got this horse last April and we have worked hard.  She rode some super tight inside turns and was very correct in her form and it paid off with a 2nd place ribbon. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Interview that person, watch them teach a lesson.  Get feedback from existing clients.  Check their record with USEF.  If you can, watch them train at a show as well.  Look at how that trainer interacts with the students.  Find out if they have competed recently and how the students did at the show. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Students should know what level they are competing at and what they hope to achieve in the next year.  If they have their own horse, what have they struggled with on that horse and what have they done well.  How much time are they willing to invest, if you have big goals as to which shows you want to do you need to also consider the number of lessons you will need to take and also factor in weekly trainining rides as well. 

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