Several years ago, hunter/jumper trainer Andrea Hill mentioned to friend and fellow professional Bob Brawley how nice and convenient it would be to have her daughters' horses at the Del Mar Horse Park. That casual comment may have partially triggered Bob's call last year to see if Andrea might be interested in taking over his training and sales business at the Horse Park, Brawley Farms. He and his new wife, Dana, were preparing for their relocation to Texas and he wanted a trustworthy and respected person to take things over.
Andrea wasn't looking to expand or move from her seven-year base at San Diego's lovely, private Fairbanks Riding Club in Rancho Santa Fe, but Bob's call got her thinking. She began the new year with much more than a resolution: She now has an expanded, two-venue, multi-layered hunter/jumper training business. It had been Andrea Hill at Fairbanks Riding Club and her new branch is known as Fairbanks Riding at the Del Mar Horse Park. The two sites are just five minutes from each other, so Andrea and her staff will be back and forth as needed to serve all their clients.
At the Horse Park, Andrea will focus on A circuit and top San Diego County shows, and on sales, with the help of her assistants Annie Worthman and Claudia Ryan. An extensive lesson program, using top quality show horses and ponies, will continue as the hub of the activity at Fairbanks Riding Club. Here, even once-a-week beginners have a chance to ride wonderful lesson mounts and those with a bigger commitment to the sport get a great introduction to local and county-level competition. The expansion creates a great opportunity for riders to stay with Andrea's program through all levels of their riding career.
An experienced staff is enabling a smooth transition at both locations. Longtime Brawley Farms key assistant Annie Worthman continues in that role and Claudia Ryan signs on as assistant trainer and rider. Having competed up through Grand Prix jumping, Claudia started her first training business in 2001. She has since trained successfully in California, her native Chicago, and elsewhere, and has taken students and horses to top national hunter/jumper competitions. She returns to the circuit after a break to have her now 6-month-old son.
Continuity for horses and riders at Fairbanks Riding Club is ensured thanks to the fact that Andrea's long time and invaluable assistant Chloe Dibley remains in charge there. "Chloe has been in the industry for many years and her riding ability and teaching experience are a key ingredient to our success," Andrea comments.
Additionally, Fairbanks Riding at the Riding Club location welcomes Jodi Mills to work side-by-side with Chloe. Andrea's loyal grooming team and the continuous support of rider and teacher Veronica Savery are additional assurances that the Riding Club program will continue its solid horsemanship traditions. These include the ability to take on lay-up horses who can enjoy turn-outs and time on the European free walker.
Best of all, the Fairbanks Riding Club continues to be a perfect place for horse crazy kids and adults to spend long wonderful days. The mother of two daughters, Andrea describes Fairbanks as a place where parents can feel comfortable leaving their children all day.
Dating back to her junior days riding with Hap Hansen, Andrea (nee Woodburn) is well known in the California equestrian community. Her professional resume includes everything from galloping racehorses to campaigning Grand Prix jumpers. From those experiences, she created a training program geared toward teaching true horsemanship to all her students, whether they have high competitive ambitions or just want to ride and enjoy their horse for fun. A sense of camaraderie among students is one of her program's hallmarks. In addition to lessons, training and coaching, Andrea maintains a steady sales business supported by her many contacts in the business.
For more information on Andrea Hill's program at Fairbanks Riding Club and/or the Del Mar Horse Park, call 858-775-2778.