Gentle, experienced school horses are available for beginners to learn on, and more advanced horses are available to students as their skills progress. Haul-ins are welcome for those who prefer to lesson on their own horse. Hauling for off-site cross-country schooling, trail riding, and horse shows is also available. Learn more about our trainers below.
Farm Owner, Head Instructor – Eventing & Dressage
Sherry Traynham is an accomplished horsewoman with 40+ years of experience training, teaching, showing, and caring for horses. An Upstate South Carolina native, she began her journey as a professional horsewoman at a sale barn training “the rank ones” the owner wouldn’t touch himself. She eventually bought her own farm and grew her training and teaching business from the ground up.
Over the years Sherry developed a love for teaching young riders. As three-day-eventing and dressage disciplines became more popular in the area, she shifted her focus from hunters and jumpers to these disciplines. Sherry also served the equestrian community as a Pony Club District Commissioner for many years, and later became the coach for the Presbyterian College Equestrian Team.
Today Sherry has instructed students through preliminary level three-day-eventing and 1st level dressage – many of which began riding with her as young children. She prides herself on maintaining a positive atmosphere for learning horsemanship skills, English riding techniques, and essential life lessons, to boot.
Farm Caretaker, Instructor – English Riding & Beginners
With previous experience as a preschool teacher and more than 10 years riding under Sherry’s instruction, “Sam” has a special talent for teaching children and adults how to ride and care for horses. She loves helping riders overcome training problems with their own horses, and she enjoys competing in eventing and dressage with her own lovely thoroughbred gelding, Graham.
Sam was recently accepted into the equine management program at St. Andrews College where she is actively pursuing her bachelor’s degree. She hopes to one day run her own boarding and training facility, but until then, she serves as on-premises caretaker at Cross-Country Farm.