Currently there are two Resident Trainers at Burlington Farm. They offer a variety of services including riding lessons, horse training, horse sales, horse show coaching and horse trailering.
Resident Trainers are not employees of Burlington Farm - they are independent contractors. Each trainer has his/her own rates that are charged for services. All Resident Trainers are fully insured with $1,000,000.00 of Liability Insurance.
Lesson appointments and training arrangements/sessions should be made directly with the trainer and do not have to go through the Burlington Farm office.
Growing up in Monmouth County, Caitlynn was fortunate to be surrounded by horses and always knew she wanted a career in the equine industry. Having learned to ride at a young age, she volunteered around the barn, worked her way up to running summer camps, grooming for professionals, and eventually management positions at barns in Colts Neck and Howell. Two years ago she established the Equestrian Experience and created her own lesson program.
She whole heartedly enjoys teaching - instructing all levels of student, from those getting on a horse for the first time, to those who are advanced and showing. Her students range in age from year olds to seniors! In collaboration with them, she sets goals, works in lessons towards accomplishing them, and celebrates their successes. There is also a focus on equine education, oth in lessons and workshops she runs, to turn out well rounded equestrians.
Caitlynn has been successful in the show ring, and holds a degree from Monmouth University as well as instructor certificates from Centenary College. Her move to Burlington Farm in Freehold coincides with The Equestrian Experience’s formation of an "Upper Grade" IEA Team (Interscholastic Equestrian Association), giving riders in high school, who may not have their own horses, an introduction to showing without the costs of going to larger shows.
Bob Meli is the General Manager of Burlington Farm and has been in this position since the farm began operations in 2006. Bob has had careers in banking (Vice President In Charge of Training and Management Development at The Bank of New York) and in the computer software development field (Founder and CEO of Interactive Learning Systems, Inc. in Westport, Connecticut).
Over the past twenty one years, Bob has managed Hunter/Jumper and Dressage show barns in New York, Georgia, Colorado, Florida and New Jersey. Prior to joining the Burlington Farm Team, he was the General Manager of Los Alamos Dressage Center for over three years.