Inner Bay LLC takes pride in the raising and training of youngsters in our breeding program and in attending to the needs of both long term clients and short term layover horses. We are dedicated to the well being of the horses in our care, and providing peace of mind to the owners who have entrusted us to look after them.
Mary O'Connor has been a USEF 'r' licensed judge (H/J/HEq) for over 20 years. She enjoys working with horses and 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 and President 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 assignments have included the FEI World Cup, 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 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 earned qualifying scores at the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Finals for four consecutive years 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. Currently working at Salamander Farm in Middleburg after a year on the road and at home with Eight Oaks, she is still a key part of our team, keeping the farm organized, pitching in where needed before and after work.
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)
Grounds: Manuel Jimenez
Steve Ulewicz: Farrier (VA)
Ike Birdsall: Farrier (NY)
Kentucky Equine Research
CWD, EquiFit, DerDau, OneK