MEET THE TEAM
OWNER & DRESSAGE HEAD TRAINER
Wick Hotchkiss is the second generation owner of Stony Hill Stables, taking over the business her mother, Liz Hotchkiss USDF Silver Medalist, began in 1966. Wick's lifetime of experience in training and caring for upper-level and show quality horses is the greatest asset to a business of this calibur in the Hamptons. Wick is a USDF Gold Medalist, training numerous horses from the basics to Grand Prix dressage.
Wick understands top-quality care, feed, grooming, and training are essential to producing top dressage, hunter, and jumper horses. She has devoted her life to mastering the training and care of elite horses and ponies.
Greta Heimbold encompasses a lifetime of riding and dedication to the equestrian sport. Greta is an expert in hunters, jumpers and equitation. She is an Alumni of Cazenovia College, and she continued her education with many years riding with our US show jumping coach and many Olympic Veterans. Many of the horses and ponies Greta has trained have become top winners in the US and Canada. Greta as well as her students have had many wins at venues across the United States and Canada, including WEF, WEC, HITS, Tryon, Vermont Summer Festival, Lake Placid, Devon, Kentucky, The Royal as well as many other shows. Greta enjoys setting goals with her students and achieving them with positive training. Her teaching techniques have yielded many top professional riders and top competitors showing at WEF, including 1.40m Grand Prix riders.
FACILITY MANAGER & HUNTER/JUMPER TRAINER
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.
Molly began riding at the age of 8 in her home state of Rhode Island. Finding her passion she joined a pony club at her local farm and competed in shows at state and regional levels. Molly's main focus is in hunter jumper training. During her time at the University of Rhode Island, she rode and competed at the intercollegiate level. She has also spent time training under a USDF silver medalist and enjoyed summers playing polo with the Newport International Polo Club. Molly turned her love of horses into the start of her career by managing a Dressage boarding and training facility in Charlestown, Rhode Island. In her free time, Molly enjoys riding her horse Cody and visiting home.