Jill McGrady

Owner and Trainer

Jill was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She began riding at the age of 7 with Don and Kathy Kerron at Sunwood Farms and then Vicki Zacharias at Rain Creek Farms. Her passion for horses led her to compete in the AA Show Circuit from California to Canada as a junior and into her adult years. She won numerous awards, locally and nationally in the Children's Hunter and Equitation Divisions. She later transitioned to the jumper ring and learned the ins and outs of the jumpers competition.

Jill took a brief hiatus from the hunter/jumper world to get married and have a beautiful daughter. As her daughter developed the same passion for the sport, she realized that she was meant to teach. Since founding the Quiet Rein Riding School in 2008, Jill has coached her green riders through their first local shows and her more seasoned riders through rated shows with great success. Her students have won numerous awards in both local, regional, and open level of shows, including the Oregon Hunter Jumper Association Medal Finals. Jill obtained her Level I United States Hunter Jumper Association ("USHJA") certification in 2010.

Besides teaching and running her own riding program, Jill is also highly involved in the hunter/jumper community and is committed to the development of the sport. She serves on the Oregon Horse Council Board as well as the USHJA Riding Academy Task Force. She also organizes USHJA Outreach Shows and has worked directly with USHJA to help develop and expand the Outreach Program. She also coaches the Quiet Rein Riding School Interscholastic Equestrian Association team.

In 2019 she plans to open a Non Profit that will help fund and educate riders.


Robin Rothe

Assistant Trainer / IEA Coach & Captain

Robin was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and began riding at 8 years old. She first competed in the hunters and equitation before transitioning into the jumpers. Robin trained with Debbi Long of Long Farms and Ashley Stannard of Ashbrook Farms in Tucson. As a trainer, Robin understands that there is always more to learn and has had the opportunity to ride with many great clinicians such as; Greg Best, Julie Winkel, Jeff Cook, and Nick Karazissis Jr. She is currently working towards her trainer certification through the USHJA Trainer Certifcation Program.

Robin moved to the Pacific Northwest for school and in 2012 she graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Portland. Ashorses have always been her main passion she is thrilled to be able to make them her career. Since turning professional, Robin has found a true passion for developing young horses; from their first moments under saddle to their success in the show ring.

Robin was elected to the board of the Oregon Hunter Jumper Association in 2017. As a board member, Robin has been instrumental in advocating for safe local shows so that our sport can continue to grow on a grassroots level. She serves as the committee chair for the OHJA academic scholarship program which gives back to deserving members.


Carol Arden

USEF High School Athletic Mentor

Carol Arden has been with Quiet Rein Riding School since September 2011. She and her daughter, Anna, are active riders at the barn. Carol also works the back gate during Quiet Rein horse shows and on other assigned "projects" around the barn.

When her daughter entered high school, the USEF lettering program for riders in grades 5-12 was another one of those barn projects that Carol wanted to learn more about. She developed a knowledge of the workings of the USEF lettering program and is interested in sharing it with others. If you are interested in learning more about the USEF lettering program or have any questions about how to navigate through the USEF website, she can be contacted by email at arden1918@comcast.net

Carol Arden has been with Quiet Rein Riding School since September 2011. She and her daughter, Anna, are active riders at the barn. Carol also works the back gate during Quiet Rein horse shows and on other assigned "projects" around the barn.

When her daughter entered high school, the USEF lettering program for riders in grades 5-12 was another one of those barn projects that Carol wanted to learn more about. She developed a knowledge of the workings of the USEF lettering program and is interested in sharing it with others. If you are interested in learning more about the USEF lettering program or have any questions about how to navigate through the USEF website, she can be contacted by email at arden1918@comcast.net


Kaylyn McGrady

Working Student

Kaylyn McGrady is a junior at West Linn High School. She has been riding for 13 years and competing up and down the West Coast, from California to Canada. She started her riding career competing in the Pony Hunter Divisions and qualified for Pony Finals each year. She had numerous successes moving up from the 2’6 to the 3’6 Hunter divisions. Currently, she is competing in the 1.20-1.30 jumpers, and the 3’6 equitation and medals divisions. She consistently placed in the top 10 at the Zone 9 Maclay Regionals for the past two years and had many successes in the Mini Prix at various shows.

Just like her mother, Kaylyn has developed a passion for teaching. Recently, she discovered an interest in developing young horses and has enjoyed taking them from their first local shows to competitive divisions at rated shows. In 2018, she helped develop a handful of young horses and successfully guided them to OHJA Year-End Championships.

She has trained with Jeff and Shelley Campf and Dustin Goodwin at OZ Incorporated for the last 5 years. She has also had the opportunity to clinic with many top professionals such as Jeff Cook, Nick Karazissis Jr., and Julie Winkel. With all of this experience, Kaylyn hopes to, one day, take over her mother's business and dedicate her time to training horses and coaching riders of all levels.


Our School Horses

Bailey

Clydesdale/Thoroughbred 1998 gelding (16.1 hands). He is an amazing medal horse with show miles in both the Jumper and Equitation rings. He's everyone's favorite at the barn.


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Lucy

Shire/Arab cross mare (16.2 hands, 2000) she's a smooth ride on the ground and a pleasure to jump with.

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Robyn

TB/Oldenburg 1994, 16.1 hand mare. She has a winning record in the hunter ring and you will not meet a kinder, safer girl.


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Chance

A seasoned (1998) show ring professional and is an excellent teacher. He's the favorite chestnut at the barn!


Ruby

Seasons show ring professional. Ruby has experience on both coasts, having competed through the 3’6. here loving personality makes her a favorite for sure. 2008 DOB

Luca

Shown through the 1.10m Jumper Luca is a great teacher of contact. She has smooth gaits and maybe a opinion here and there :)  2006 DOB

Scooby

Aged to perfection this Eventing schoolmaster has hung up his eventing hat and decided to teach new riders the ropes of Equitation. Scooby gets our new student well established in good flat work. 2000 DOB