Mary O'Connor has been a USEF 'r' licensed judge (H/J/HEq) for over 20 years, and has competed in the jumper division throughout the East Coast, including indoors. She enjoys working with riders of all levels. Her experience includes managing, riding, schooling, and competing, as well as developing young horses and sale projects. A firm believer in solid basics, her training philosophy aims at producing confident horses and riders through consistent application of knowledge, experience, and horsemanship. She has a keen interest in equine nutrition and is a Kentucky Equine Research Nutrition Associate. She has served on USEF and USHJA committees and is a founding member of the United States Sport Horse Breeders Association (USSHBA). She is a USHJA Certified Trainer, and a member of USEF/USHJA, LIPHA, and VHSA.
Neil O'Connor officiates regularly as a USEF / FEI jumper judge at such prestigious shows as the Hampton Classic, Pennsylvania National, Washington International, National Horse Show, the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto and the Winter Equestrian Festival, Spruce Meadows, GCT Miami, Central Park, and the Royal Dublin Horse Show in Dublin. His 2015 assignments included the FEI World Cup in Las Vegas, and the Pan Am Games. Neil is a native of Millstreet, Co. Cork Ireland where he worked at Noel C. Duggan's Green Glens Equestrian Center, the site of the Millstreet International Horse Show, which produced the Irish Sporthorse mare, Mill Pearl, ridden by Joe Fargis at the Seoul Olympic Games. The connection with Fargis led to a temporary job on the Florida circuit that became a permanent move to the USA. Member LIPHA, USEF/USHJA.
Anna O'Connor has grown up around horses and can't imagine things any other way. Anna was selected as an alternate for the 2016 National Training Session of the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program (EAP). As a junior she was President of her Junior PHA Chapter. Trained by Mary O'Connor and Joe Fargis, Her horsemanship skills have earned her qualifying scores at the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Finals for four consecutive years (2012-16) and an invitation to serve as a USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Ambassador. In 2012, she helped to bring home a bronze medal as part of the Zone 2 HQC team. At home in the saddle or the barn aisle, Anna is intuitive in her knowledge of horsemanship, always considering the horse's point of view. She has started green horses from scratch, including Inner Bay's homebreds, brought along project horses and ponies, and as a junior kept boarders legged up and prepared for their owners. Anna is an engineering major at George Mason University in Fairfax, just an hour from the farm. She is a key part of our team, keeping the farm organized and riding as much as she can during her college years.
Inner Bay's 2015 Summer Intern:
Hannah Walters, Averett College. During her internship at Inner Bay, Hannah was a primary caretaker and occasional rider for Cougar Trail (pictured), since sold to John Charlebois. in partnership with CA based Olympian Will Simpson
We wish Hannah the best of luck in the future and have enjoyed staying in touch as she approaches graduation--we are sure she will be successful in whatever career path she chooses to pursue!
Many thanks to Inner Bay's great team!
Joe Fargis: Coach, Mentor, Friend
Middleburg Equine: Dr. William McCormick, DVM
Laurel Inc. Equine Reproduction: Ellen Stephens, DVM
The Equine Practice: Dr. Geoff Tucker, DVM (Equine Dentist)
Our staff: Kathleen Beckley, Fidel Jimenez
Steve Ulewicz: Farrier (VA)
Ike Birdsall: Farrier (NY)
Kentucky Equine Research
CWD, EquiFit, DerDau, OneK