Hillary Carlson – Owner


Hillary with Chris Kappler and Holger Hetzel

Hillary Carlson


From the Trainer:

Since 1996 when I was just the tender age of 17 and across the street on Jewett road my love of horses has never wavered. Fast-forward to May of 2017, I returned with my years of dedication, determination, work ethic and extreme resilience. After 13 long years I’m so proud to be back in the saddle on Jewett Road! My journey has been bittersweet to say the very least.

Since 1996, Hillary Carlson, LLC equestrian has set the bar for coaching training, showing, and the fine art of fine horse and rider mastery matchmaking. Owned and operated by a family of experienced horseman, you can rest assured that we have our hands on the reins with the correct contact, and pulse of the industry, looking out for you and your mount every stride of the way…

I’m looking forward to working with you whether it be…
Your very first encounter in the irons to lead line showing experience; or perhaps you’re the seasoned show enthusiast showing in the competitive jumper divisions to the adult amateur hunters.

Applauding your success from the rail…

I strive to keep you coached like a well-oiled machine… from one event to the next. I believe in a classical approach and strong emphasis on the proper basic fundamentals of riding and my strong background of dressage. My years of equestrian background include riding, teaching and now training the American classical forward seat of riding. My years of working under the tutelage of American legend and international Olympic medalist, Chris Kappler, have allowed me to hone my skills so that I may continue to teach my love for horses and riding.

I am completely dedicated to my students. I invite you to allow my world class contacts in the industry and almost 25 years of experience work for you and your horses.

I am excited and humbled to have you join our team.

Tally Ho-


More about Hillary:

Hillary Carlson is a 2001 graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design. She has earned a BFA in Fine Arts and a minor in Art History. Hillary has been riding since she was six and teaching for 23 years.

Hillary’s diverse riding skill background and top industry work experience sets her apart from other trainers. In 2007 Hillary worked for Olympic medalist Chris Kappler at his legendary show stables in New Jersey, formally known as George Morris Hunterdon Stables. While working for Chris Kappler Inc. Hillary’s Daily duties included: riding and schooling 6-8 horses a day. One of the many horses she rode daily was assigned personally by Chris Kappler, was world renowned top breeding stallion and show jumper VDL Maserati. Hillary rode this horse twice daily as part of its training regimen. In addition to working at Chris Kappler Inc. Hillary competed with her privately owned show jumper, Rocabar, in Wellington Florida during the winter of 2008.

Through Hillary’s diverse and intensive upbringing as a former pony club graduate through the tender age of 17; and after declaring professional status in the industry, Hillary taught and trained many horses from the ground up.

Hillary has successfully completed a breeding and management course presented by The Ohio State University College of Veterinary medicine in January of 1999.

“I specialize in everything from in-printing foals at birth to working with stallions who present as training challenges.  Unlike many other traditional hunter jumper stables, I have experience in training a wide diversity of horses and ponies.  My clients have requested I show and train everything a diverse number of horses, including draught horses,  up and coming field hunters, as well as all American Quarter Horse Congress winners and futurity champions.  I’ve also spent time with Arabians and warmbloods.  I also have an abundance  of experience with dozens of Welsh ponies, and off the track thoroughbreds.”

Memberships and Affiliations:

Hillary is a proud member of the following organizations:
• Welsh Pony Association of America
• USEF – United States Equistrian Federation
• Ohio Quarter Horse Association – Lifetime Members
• Ohio Hunter Jumper Association
• Rocky Fork and Headly Hunt Master Fox Hunters’ Association
Jumping - Competition

Remember, Hillary caters to every skill level and welcomes all ages to her stables.  Hillary Carlson, LLC offers everything from safety tips and training for riding with a sibling or friend, to basic riding instruction for leisure, all the way up to competitive skill jumping and competition ready riders.

If you’re interested in a unique and well-rounded equestrian education, call us today, sign up for one of our camps or inquire about private lessons.  We’re here to help! What are you waiting for?  Start riding today!

Show Awards

Hillary Carlson was amazing in working with our twins for their first lessons.  Both of our girls have special needs and she exceeded our expectations in how she treated them.  We are grateful that she was their first experience, we have found our long-term coach!

Chuck H.

Hillary has been teaching my 6 year-old daughter riding lessons for about a month now and we will not go anywhere else.  She is patient, kind, and SO knowledgeable and professional to a tee.  You can truly tell that she loves what she does and it is apparent in the lessons and attentiveness she gives each and every one of her students! 5 Stars!

Laura H.

My daughter just started with Hillary this summer and has had under 10 lessons...within such a short time, I can see an amazing change already in her confidence, listening skills, and she has such a great positive attitude!!!  She wants to be more involved with other things and is just so happy in general.  Hillary has an amazing gift for teaching these young children with her horses.  I see such bright eyes and the want to learn when we're there.  If you're on the fence about starting lessons, I highly recommend her program!!! Hillary is truly amazing!!!

Shanna C.