About Sarah Stinneford

Early On:
Sarah started riding at an early age. It was evident from the start that horses would be Sarah’s career and passion. At 14 years old Sarah received her first job starting younger horses, working with problem horses, and off the track thoroughbreds. Soon after she was given a chance to start teaching lessons as well. Since then she has gained miles of experience in the field by working with diverse horses and many top trainers including Michael Page, Cathy Morelli, Sinead Halpin, and Marilyn Payne.


Before opening her own stable in 2011 Sarah attended Ramapo College of New Jersey. It was there that she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business with a focus on Management.

The Beginning:
Sarah has had her horse “Roman Candle” aka “Rori” since she was a very wild 4 year old. It was Rori who Sarah gives credit towards for teaching herself patience, perseverance, and humor in the saddle. Together, Sarah and Rori have accomplished many things including riding through Preliminary level eventing, through 2nd leveld dressage and numerous awards such as:

USEA Rider Achievement Award
USEA Gold Medal for Beginner Novice
USEA Gold Medal for Novice
USEA Gold Medal for Training
USEA Blue Ribbon Award for Beginner Novice, Novice, Training
Ranked 5th Nationally for Beginner Novice in 2010
Qualified for American Eventing Championships at Beginner Novice, Novice and Training
Placed 12/ 36 riders in 2012 in Open Training level at American Eventing Championships

Sarah is always looking to improve herself and her riding so that she can not only grow as a rider and competitor, but also as a trainer and coach to her students and horse.  Because of these beliefs, Sarah trains regularly with 5* dressage judge Marilyn Payne out of Califon, New Jersey.  Currently Sarah is competing with her horse “Hank” at Second Level dressage and “Legacy” at First Level Dressage and Novice Level eventing.