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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.


Robin

Robin Rothe

Assistant Trainer

Robin was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and she began riding at 8 years old. She first competed in the hunters before transitioning into jumpers in her teens. Robin trained with Debbi Long of Long Farms and Ashley Stannard of Ashbrook Farms in Tucson. She has competed successfully in the southwest in both the hunter and jumper ring.


Robin moved to the Northwest for school and in August 2012 she graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Portland. As horses have always been her main passion she is thrilled to be able to make them her career.


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


Our School Horses

Bailey is 15yr old, Clydesdale/Thoroughbred 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.

Lucy  is a 14yr old, Shire/Arab cross mare (16.2 hands) she's a smooth ride on the ground and a pleasure to jump with.

Lucy is a 14yr old, Shire/Arab cross mare (16.2 hands) she's a smooth ride on the ground and a pleasure to jump with.

Connect the Dots  (aka Dot) is a barn favorite. This small hunter is the perfect horse to get you jump started on the show ring.

Connect the Dots (aka Dot) is a barn favorite. This small hunter is the perfect horse to get you jump started on the show ring.

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

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

Chance  is a seasoned show ring professional and is an excellent teacher. He's the favorite chestnut at the barn!

Chance is a seasoned show ring professional and is an excellent teacher. He's the favorite chestnut at the barn!