Andrea began riding and jumping at the age of 6 in the San Francisco Bay Area. At 11 she got a 1/2 Arabian horse to ride bareback around the Hills of Los Altos. She later competed a thoroughbred in hunter/jumper and equitation classes until heading off to college in San Luis Obispo.
After college Andrea worked for several professional horsemen and women to further her riding education. Working for Leone Equestrian, Atkinson Ranch, and Meadowcroft as well as managing an event barn and grooming for an event rider she gained additional practical experience.
As an amateur rider Andrea rode with John French and Benson Carroll for many years having success in Amateur Hunters and Equitation. Additional riding influences have come from renowned teachers such as George Morris and Bernie Traurig.
Andrea started Blackstone Farm in 2000 training riders competing in 2’6” hunters up through Grand Prix classes. Blackstone Farm has had many year end Champions in the Junior/Amateur Hunter and Jumper Divisions as well as top placings in Equitation Finals.
Most recently Andrea has been campaigning her Grand Prix horse, Constant Surprise, in regional Grand Prix’s with great success, earning a spot as a top 10 money earner in Northern California for 2018.
Andrea enjoys the process of elevating riders to the highest level possible in their chosen discipline teaching a riding style that is smooth, effective, and beautiful.
Lara has had a passion for horses since she went to horse camp at seven years old. She finished out her junior career under the tutelage of Laura Gerst at Windy Hill Equestrian, and went on to ride on the Sarah Lawrence Equestrian Team during her first year of college. She transferred to University of San Francisco in 2012, and began her professional career. After graduating summa cum laude in 2014, she went on to work under John Charlebois and Bert Mutch. She joined the Blackstone team in 2016, and enjoys teaching riders at all levels.
Luis has been part of the Blackstone team since 2012. He oversees the care of our horses both at home and at shows from grooming to body clipping to last minute ring side nose wipes at the gate. Raised with horses in Mexico, Luis’s close attention to detail and commitment to solid horsemanship means there is never a blanket left unfolded or lunge line left unrolled when he’s around.