History & Staff

The Past

Stanley Luke Farm, a 3rd generation, family owned and operated, hunter, jumper, and equitation barn, has been in its current location since 1932.

Stanley Luke was one of the top professional rider/trainers in the United States in the 1930's, 40's, and 50's. His daughter MaryAnn carried on the family tradition of excellence in horsemanship beginning in the 60's and now her son Peter Kennedy and his wife Beth, together with her daughter Krissy Kennedy Adamski continue to run this family oriented barn.

The Present

SLF horses and riders are consistent winners at top "A" shows all over the country, regularly finishing the season at the Indoor Finals. Each horse/rider combination is brought to their fullest potential with top quality training from Peter and Beth, and personalized care from the competent staff.

Clients not attending competitions with Pete, Beth or Sara are never left without a trainer as Krissy and Marcia remain at SLF.

Rounding out the training team are Sara Merrifield Kofoed and Marcia Rigg.

SARA MERRIFIELD KOFOED

Sara began riding when she was four years old, starting with Pony Club and then eventually onto eventing as well as show jumping. Her background is nicely varied which allows her to bring a great deal of knowledge to the horses she trains as well as the riders that train with her.

Sara earned her degree in Economics from Ohio University, and then took a year to intern with Olympic rider Michael Page. She spent 2 years in the business world but the pull of her true passion, horses, led her back to SLF.

Sara has been riding and training professionally at SLF for 11 years now and specializes in bringing along young horses, many of them thoroughbreds, and training riders of all ages and levels for both Show jumping and Eventing. Her ready smile and positive attitude bring out the best in both horses and riders.

MARCIA RIGG, Dressage

My goal as an instructor is better communication between rider and horse. As students learn proper application and understanding of the aids, the horse becomes a more willing partner, and a stronger bond is developed between them.

Basic dressage concepts build a strong foundation for all riding, and I work with riders whose focus is jumping, going cross-country, as well as schooling the higher levels of dressage. Every horse and rider has strengths, challenges and different ways of learning, and I develop a fun, personalized program for each horse/rider pair and their goals.

My methods are learned from over 20 years of riding in the US, Canada and Europe and I continue to train with top level international instructors. My background is well rounded, both in the types of horses I worked with and my riding and showing experience.

Anyone interested in working with me is welcome to watch a lesson or ask questions. Contact me.