Hope Hobday Glynn

Hope Glynn has been a leading hunter trainer and rider in the united states the past 20 years. She is in the top 10 of the country for leading derby riders for money won in the United States. Hope won the Horseman of the Year Award from the CPHA, The Arthur Hawkins award of Excellence in Hunters, the Lorraine Lorimer Award Recipient for Leading Professional Rider for the PCHA, and she has been the leading Southwest Derby rider for the last 4 of 5 years. Hope was inducted into the Equus Hall of Fame for Sonoma County in 2013. Hope rode Woodstock to the win in the inaugural $30,000 West Coast Hunter and won it the following year as well on King’s Peak. She finished second on Kings Peak in the $500,000 HITS Hunter Prix finals in Saugerties, NY and she was third on Woodstock in the $100,000 USHJA derby finals in Lexington, KY. In 2016 she was second again in the $500,000 with Sabrina Hellman’s Lake of Stars. She has won USHJA International Derbies on SVS Caramunde Z, Carson, Kings Peak, Lake Of Stars, Corriendo Tau, Full Circle, Lake Of Stars, Roccoco and Woodstock. She has trained and ridden numerous horses and ponies to USEF Horse of the Year Awards. In 2017 Hope won the $50,000 USHJA International Derby at Desert Circuit Wk 8.
As well as her success as a rider Hope has trained junior and amateur hunter riders to championships across the country including Devon, Coachella, Upperville, Capital Challenge and the entire California Circuit. In the equitation ring SVS riders won the North American Equitation Championships, PCHA Adult Medal Finals, Foxfield Finals, Pickwick Medal Finals, Norcal Medal Finals, and trained the only rider from the West Coast to finish in the top 20 of the USEF Jr.Medal finals in 2015. She has been featured on the cover of Horse & Style Magazine, The Competitive Equestrian, Instride, Horses, as well as had feature articles in Practical Horseman, Chronicle of the Horse, Equestrian Connection, Riding Magazine, Ijump Sports, Horse Sport International, Sidelines and In Stride. Hope also enjoys being a mother and trainer to her daughter Avery who competes on both ponies and horses. Hope is a licensed R judge and sits on the USHJA Hunter Working group and is vice chair of the WCHR Working group.

Ned Glynn

Ned Glynn rode as a junior rider with Gry and Duncan McFarlane, Betty Kilham, John and Lumpy Charlebois. After graduating from UC Davis where he coached the equestrian team, he traveled east and rode with Candice King. As a junior he placed in the top four in the following medal finals: USET Talent Search, NorCal, WCE, and CPHA as well as winning the F. B. Hart Good Hands and Seat Finals two years in a row. He has ridden to wins in both Jimmy Williams Futures classes and National Standard Grand Prixs. He worked with Linda Allen as an assistant course designer at the Atlanta Olympics and the World Cup Finals in Sweden.

Ned has trained many champions in the jumper, hunter and equitation rings. In recent years Ned has trained winning horses and riders in Saugerties, N.Y. , Lexington, Kentucky and Spruce Meadows as well as the West Coast. Highlights of his coaching career include being chef d'equipe of the NorCal 1.4 meter team at Spruce Meadows, he was trainer of the top 1.3 meter horse at the 2012 Skyliner Tournament, he has trained students from the short stirrup ring through to the North American Junior Young Rider Finals as well as helping produce many national and international hunter derby champions and medal finals winners.
Ned prides himself on understanding each individual horse and rider he works with and training them in a positive and constructive manner. Ned is currently the co chair of the Zone 10 jumper committee.

Tracy Mirabelli

Tracy Mirabelli is our barn manager and assistant trainer. She was born and educated in England and has worked in hunter jumper barns in Northern California for 13 years. Tracy has ridden for and taught at SVS since 2002 and has been an integral part of our clients' success in the show ring.

Tracy teaches with a strong emphasis on equitation, performance and compassion for the horse. When Ned and Hope are away at shows, Tracy stays at home running the facility, maintaining an individualized program for each horse, and the "at home" lesson schedule.

Heather Roades

Heather grew up in Southern California and rode as a junior in the Hunters and Equitation. She spent some time riding as a working student allowing her to catch ride many types of young and sometimes difficult horses. She also spent time working with a dressage trainer learning a new discipline and strengthening her flatwork.

Heather’s professional career started at Middle Ranch working for Lisa Stroway at Freeway Farms riding and teaching. She also had the opportunity to become involved with Meadow Grove Farms as one of their riders. In early 2006, Heather went to work as the assistant for Grand Prix rider Susan Artes. While Susie’s grand prix horses took her to shows outside the barn’s regular schedule, and sometimes internationally, Heather took clients on the road to shows, organized schedules and sales, along with maintaining a successful program of riding and teaching. From the Hunter ring to the Grand Prix field, she has worked with the novice amateur to the successful junior equitation and jumper rider. She has also worked with and along side Judy Martin and has cliniced with George Morris.

Robin Waugaman

Robin Waugaman got an early introduction to riding on a Tohono O'ono Indian reservation in Arizona at the tender age of two. Her childhood days were unstructured, filled with galloping bareback over tires and logs, and other homemade obstacles. At the age of five she began competing in 3' divisions under the tutelage of her mother Linda Brown and Bitsy Shields. When Bitsy moved to California, Robin traveled to spend the summers riding with her. She helped her mother run a small training facility in Wyoming and then in Texas. Robin would watch intently as her mother broke mustangs, and restarted off the track thoroughbreds, with the hope that one day she might do the same. With the help of her mother, she saddled and rode her first mustang at the age of 10. She learned the value of hard work and creativity, to help cover the cost of riding and showing she was a part time assistant to a local equine veterinarian, and at shows she braided and cleaned stalls for other trainers. Her insatiable hunger to learn from everyone she encountered gifted her many opportunities. At the age of 11 her family moved to Pennsylvania where she enjoyed many wins in the small Jr hunters and by the age of 12 was successful showing her mother's ex race horse in the Jr jumpers. She rode to many championships and was fortunate to clinic with and be coached by great horseman to name a few: Peter Pletcher, George Morris, Danny Robertshaw, Conrad Homefield, Bernie Traurig, Buck Brannaman, Rudy Leone, Kelly Van Vleck, Elizabeth Kilham, and now Hope Glynn and Ned Glynn.

Robin left riding completely after high school and went on to pursue a PhD in Entomology and Population Biology at UC Davis where she honed her skills as a critical thinker and a teacher. She has Rudy Leone to thank for bringing her back to her love of riding who hired her just as she was finishing her dissertation. She worked as an assistant for Rudy for several years but she was drawn to learning more about the development of young horses so she took a job at Silverhorne Sport horses, a Hanoverian breeding facility, where she helped start and bring along young horses. She then immersed herself in the rigorous schedules of the equitation world as an assistant to Kelly Van Vleck for several years.

Now Robin works as a full time assistant for Sonoma Valley Stables and coaches clients at several different ranches. Her philosophy of teaching is strongly influenced by her eclectic upbringing. Her positive teaching style emphasizes: connection, relaxation, and balance; integrating good horsemanship from a variety of disciplines. Her goal is to help riders develop compassion, an ability to work confidently with young, difficult, or fresh horses, and improve their self-sufficiency, self-confidence, and self-reflection. She believes that we have come a long way in the advancement of this amazing sport but that we also have a lot of work to do to help support the development of our young horses and riders. In order to do this she believes in embracing our mistakes. Robin believes that making sure our riders and horses are fit but not overtaxed mentally and physically will keep them performing better. Robin also believes in looking for ways to help horses and riders find the answers on their own.

Kylee Arbuckle

Kylee grew up in Southern California and started riding at a very young age with her mom, Christy Arbuckle, and Devon Gibson. She had a successful junior career in the Hunters and Equitation, catch riding numerous horses to championships on the west coast. She had the opportunity to ride with top professionals including Karen Healey, Jim Hagman, and Hope and Ned Glynn along with many others. Throughout her junior career she had top 10 finishes in the USEF Talent Search Finals, WCE Finals, CPHA Junior, and CPHA Foundation finals as well as a win in the ASPCA Maclay Regionals. She competed at Indoors in the Pony Hunters, Junior Hunters, and Medal Finals.

In 2015 she graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. in Accounting. While at Georgia she led their NCAA Equestrian team to three Reserve National Championship titles as well as one National Championship title, and a Southeastern Conference Championship win. She was named All American for Equitation on the Flat, SEC Rider of the year, as well as MVP for UGA’s hunt seat team. She was also named to the NCEA Academic All American Team along with the SEC Academic Honor roll.

Amanda Flint

With over 20 years of experience managing and riding top caliber competition horses, Amanda brings the highest standards of coaching and training. After obtaining her Masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, Amanda has worked and ridden for Katie Monahan Prudent, Laura Kraut, Todd Minikus, Jeffrey Welles, Neal Shapiro, Barney Ward and Peter Leone.

In 2000 Amanda spent the year in Europe preparing horses with Nelson Pessoa and maintaining the Saudi Arabian team horses at the Sydney Olympic Games. Amanda is equally expert in preparing horses and riders for the hunter and equitation arenas. Her students have competed successfully from short stirrup to Grand Prix. She has achieved particular success with her clients in the Junior Jumpers, Big Eq finals, Young Riders, Pony Finals and Adult Equitation. In 2013 & 2014 she branched out to helping event riders with their show jumping phase.

With her special talent at developing young horses, Amanda has won the 4 Year Old, 5 Year Old and 6 Year Old Young Jumper Championships with horses that she broke and trained. After ranking 9th in the 2007 American Grand Prix Association Rookie of the Year Standings, Amanda has won at the Grand Prix level with prospects that she has developed.