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Julia Collins, Trainer

Julia grew up riding and showing the circuit under the training of Katie McCashin at Tanglewood Horse Center in Clemmons, NC and then later with her in Culpepper Virginia at Mulberry Hill Farm.  In addition to owning and competing her personal ponies and horses she was a catch rider for the program including greenies, ponies and regular working hunters.  

Julia's fondest memories are not of championships but of summers on the circuit sleeping in truck cabs and trailer goosenecks for months on end.  Diverse experiences throughout her equine career, including starting ponies/horses, showing them through the ranks, grooming circuit horses, teaching students, organizing summer camps, participating in breeding programs and equine seminars have shaped a well rounded horseman with a true love for the discipline.  

Julia's aspirations are to pass along similar great experiences to her students, however now cramming into hotel rooms, whether showing single day competitions or multi-day shows.  She hopes to create lasting memories as well as lifetime accomplishments including having students regularly qualify for medal finals and year end championships.


Beginners & Children

We start kids as young as 5 years old but exceptions are made from time to time depending on maturity levels.  From the first visit to our farm, he/she will learn grooming, tack skills as well as begin their riding experience.  Initially beginners will be required to be in private lessons but as they progress and gain more skills and confidence, they can be offered semi-private lesson options.

Students who chose to take one lesson a week will be required to take a 1 hour lesson.  Bi-weekly lessons are offered in 30 minute or hourly sessions.

Meet the Resident Horses & Ponies that teach our beginners.


Whether you are a beginner, an advanced Junior or somewhere in between we offer an individualized program for you.  Over The River Farm happily trains juniors for medals of all sorts.

Lesson horses available on a limited basis.  Students who chose to take one lesson a week will be required to take a 1 hour lesson.  Bi-weekly lessons are offered in 30 minute or hourly sessions.


Adults & Families

We have several options for adults beginning their pursuit of riding or for adults returning to their riding days.  Limited options for lesson horses for adults but occasionally can be accommodated.  Hunter training is great for basic seat skills in preparation to head off in any equine discipline of your choosing.

Over The River Farm is happy to help locate, on a commission basis, adequate horses for adult riders whether they boarding at the farm or not.

Show Team

We compete in all levels of equitation classes including medals, hunter derbys as well as standard hunter divisions.  We can start riders out at walk trot and take you through the working hunters.

We frequent NCHJA, BRHJA, SCHJA, PSJ, ETHJA as well as some local venues.

Find out more about joining our Show Team.