Meet The Team
Jeanne Hawkins bishop
Jeanne Hawkins Bishop, a lifelong rider, trainer, and competitor, joined Stony Hill as Hunter Jumper Trainer in September 2019. Jeanne shares her passion and love for horses and riding through her teaching and training. She's worked extensively with other trainers in Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation, preparing world class horses for top competitions in Wellington. As a Hunter and Jumper trainer, Jeanne emphasizes correct horsemanship skills. Learning the proper care and well-being of horses in and out of the barn is also paramount. She strongly believes in the importance of correct flat work, as these skills lead to more successful and safe jumping.
Michelle Sharma joined the Stony Hill Stables team as a trainer and our facility manager in 2018. She is a graduate of Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre. She went on to teach at the Manor for the next 7 years, eventually becoming head of the farrier and jumping programs. Having always wanted to explore the world, in 2011 Michelle moved to New Zealand, where she trained young racehorses. In 2012 she continued her travels and headed to India, where she managed a pony club in Chennai. Over the next 4 years Michelle's "My Pony Club" became a popular and acclaimed club. She returned to the US in 2017, where she was most recently an instructor teaching riders of varied levels.
Annie Beeson delights in bringing horses into the lives of people of all ages and experience levels. She began riding as a child in the Pacific Northwest, joining United States Pony Club, competing in dressage and eventing, and riding up the backyard mountains of the West. She continued to ride professionally during her time at University of Oregon, earning a B.A. in Digital Art. After college she worked as a trainer and instructor in a teaching and training program in Oregon. Teaching and connecting with her students to help them become confident riders and well-rounded people has become a great love in her life.