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Owner and Head Trainer
Horses have been a part of Sarah’s family for over thirty-five years; her father, Harry Oelerich,
had his hands in both breeding and racing thoroughbreds. Sarah’s personal riding career began
when she was very young, and at eight years old she was the youngest ever to receive a scholarship
to ride with the Camargo Fox Hunt. She later went on to qualify for and ride at such shows as Harrisburg, Washington, and Capitol Challenge with her medium pony and junior hunter. Since that time, Sarah has trained and shown on the hunter/jumper circuit under such renowned trainers as Mindy Darst, Michael Newman, and David Biesel. She has also worked extensively with Steven Duchac and Bobby Dryer, among others. In 2012, Sarah started as the coach for the Xavier Equestrian team. Though membership was small, the team was successful in competing and winning at shows against IHSA teams that were triple their size. In her two years as coach Sarah successfully saw several riders to Regionals and in her final year coaching, had a rider compete through Zone finals. In 2017, Sarah became the coach for the Earlham College Equestrian Team. Another small club, ECET has proven to be a competitive team in the short time Sarah has been working with them and she cannot wait to see where the future takes them.
Sarah believes that exceptional horse care, above all else, is priority, and that developing a
relationship between horse and rider is key to assuring long-term compatibility and continued
learning. Sarah prides herself on being able to sucessfuly match horse and rider, which creates a
team that is both competitive and fun. She believes that respect is essential in creating the type of
relationship necessary to be genuine “dance partners” at home and in the show ring. She believes
that good horsemanship is key and that it is imperative to teach each and every rider how to attain confidence when mounted, while also maintaining calm assertive energy whenever around the horse.
In the event that a horse has behavioral problems, Sarah is excited about the challenge and readily takes to solving such problems - boasting impressive results! Sarah never loses sight of furthering her career and believes she is always learning. She regularly competes her own horses, as well as client's sale horses, and is currently looking for her winning “dance partner” in a Mini Prix or Grand Prix in the near future!
In addition to Sarah's philosophy regarding the importance of the relationship between horse and rider, it was also instilled in her the important of an equestrian's relationship with professional staff, such as veterinarians and farriers. Here at Honey Tree Stables we are fortunate to work with some of the industry's leading professionals, using the farrier services of Scott Gregory and veterinary services of Bryan McNabb, DVM. In instances where horses are in the rehabilitation phase, we strive to follow the advice of these trusted professionals when it comes to turnout and exercise plans. We consider ourselves lucky to work so closely with such talented individuals and hope to pass on the importance of this relationship to our clients.
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