Inner Bay LLC takes pride in the raising and training of youngsters in our breeding program and in attending to the needs of long term boarders, training 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 30 years. She is also a Certified Jumper Schooling Supervisor (CJSS), and USHJA Certified Trainer. 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 past President of the United States Sport Horse Breeders Association (USSHBA). She is a member of USEF/USHJA, LIPHA, and VHSA.
Neil O'Connor officiates regularly as a USEF / FEI jumper judge. The Hampton Classic, Pennsylvania National, Washington International, National Horse Show, the Royal Winter Fair (Toronto), Winter Equestrian Festival, Spruce Meadows, GCT, and the Royal Dublin Horse Show have been among his assignments, as well as the FEI World Cup, the Pan Am and World Equestrian 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 over 30 years ago 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, Joe Fargis, and Kitty Barker 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: Horse's Advocate/Horsemanship + Dentistry
Penn Vet: New Bolton Center: Dr. Virginia Reef, and Dr. Cristobal Navas de Solis
Farrier: Steve Ulewicz
Young Horse starters @ The Frame: Martin Douzant and Joe DeSantis
Kentucky Equine Research: Equine Nutrition Support
Past Summer Interns: Hannah Walters, Hannah Jones, Spencer Toohill, Daniella Guerrero
2023 Summer Internship position is open! Please inquire
CWD, EquiFit, DerDau, OneK, Arioneo