MEET OUR STAFF

 

Lucky C Stables has a small, well-rounded group of knowledgeable and friendly staff.  We understand the importance of safety and care when it comes to you and your horse.  We make it our mission to keep the farm beautiful and safe, leaving you with one less thing to worry about. 

Susan Clark: Owner, Head Trainer & Riding Instructor-      

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 Susan is a certified riding instructor with over 40 years of experience in teaching and riding.  Although she does not ride herself anymore, Susan has just the right ideas to improve each horse and rider while helping them to ride at their greatest potential. 
       
Susan has a Bachelor of Science Degree from William Woods University where she spent 4 years studying different disciplines of riding.  Despite hunters/jumpers/equitation being the primary focus of Lucky C, Susan is also well versed in areas such as Western and Saddle Seat.  She has experience teaching and training horses and riders trying their first lesson, those preparing for a summer on the 'A' rated circuit and everyone in between. 
    
Susan has brought riders to many esteemed shows including HITS Saugerties, Culpeper & Ocala, Winter Equestrian Festival, Vermont Summer Festival and the Hampton Classic to compete in divisions such as the Big Equitation, Junior Hunters, Childrens/Adult Hunters, Children/Adult Jumpers & Pony Hunters to name a few.  Susan's riders have qualified for prestigious events including the Pennslyvania National Horse Show, NEHC Medal Finals,  PHA Finals, M&S Finals and AQHA Congress as well as several local finals in the Hudson Valley area.  In addition to doing several shows a month, Susan is Head Coach of the SUNY New Paltz Equestrian Team and serves as coach to LCS' IEA Team.  Susan takes pride in her abilities to maintain and encouraging attitude whether her student's are in leadline or doing the Big Equitation.
  
 

Gary Clark: Owner, Farm Manager & CDL Licensed Horse Transporter -

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Gary works hard every day to ensure the safety of each horse and rider.  Born and raised in central Missouri, Gary learned at a young age what it took to care for animals.  He and Susan moved back to New York to start this farm after they married in 1984.

At Lucky C Stables, Gary does it all! Most days he can be found fixing fence boards, mowing the fields, watering/dragging the rings and building new jumps.  Not only does Gary spend hours on these maintenance tasks, but he is also in charge of the feed and supplement regimen as well as the turnout program that occurs here at LCS.  He closely monitors each horse to ensure they're mantaining a proper weight and overall good health so it is one less thing for our customers to worry about.  Gary spends time evaluating each horse to see which type of turnout would work best whether it's turnout with one other horse, individual turnout or the more contained paddocks reserved for 1/2 day turnout.  He is also in charge of scheduling various appointments including the farrier and vet, as well as administering proper medication to the horses if needed. 

As if that wasn't enough, Gary also ships our horses wherever they need to go.  With a New York State Commercial Drivers License and several years of experience driving commercially, Gary is very qualified to safely bring your horse wherever his destination may be. 

 

Ofelia Del Principe - Assistant Instructor & Rider

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Ofelia joined the Lucky C team in the fall of 2018 and we happy to have her on board with us! She grew up in New York City but spent much of her spare time around horses. During her high school years she began riding at Boulder Brook Farm in Scarsdale, NY where she was an active part of their show team in addition to spending many weekends working as a part-time instructor to help offset the expenses of riding and showing. As her senior year of high school began, Ofelia and her mother rescued a sweet, chestnut quarter horse, fondly known as "Whitley", and nursed him back to health.  In 2017 Ofelia graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee with a B.S. in Natural Resources.  During her time at Sewanee, she rode on their IHSA team before deciding to focus her extra time on caring for Whitley, who had also made the journey to Tennessee. 

Ofelia has since worked in both NYC and the Hudson Valley, including spending substantial time working for Boulder Brook during the HITS circuits in both Ocala and Saugerties.   Today, Ofelia can be seen around the farm teaching lessons, riding our training horses, and being actively involved with several aspects of barn management tasks.  She spends any extra moments with "Whitley", who lives a happy, semi-retired life at Lucky C, along with "Tiny".  Ofelia is excited to be a part of the Lucky C team and we are just as thrilled to have her with us.  She has a meticulous approach to caring for each horse as they were her own and enjoys helping along the next generation of equestrians!

 

Kristy Fink - Assistant Instructor & Rider:

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 Kristy is no stranger to the Lucky C family.  She has been riding here since she was a kid and spent a few of her post-college years serving as the full time Assistant Instructor and Rider. After growing up on her parent's standardbred farm, Kristy learned the value of hardwork and dedication, spending endless hours working around horses in every way she could. Kristy was an active member of our 4-H club for many years and has show experience, though she served as a prime example of a dedicated working student to pay for the expenses. 

Kristy has a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Cornell University where she was the captain of the IHSA team.  She has a very diverse background in horses and in business, even taking some time away from horses after college to pursue her Accounting career.  As it frequently does, the horse industry lured her back in and Kristy spent 5 years working at another local farm in New Windsor, partnering with LCS to help expose her students to the show world. Eventually, Kristy returned to LCS as a weekend instructor after she and her husband Jeremy made a move to horse country up in Greenwhich, NY. There, Kristy has a small farm where she is currently establishing notoriety in the Thoroughbred breeding world.  Kristy returns to LCS to teach every Saturday and Sunday where she does a fantastic job teaching all levels and riding horses in training when needed. Kristy is no stranger to the show ring and loves taking riders to horse shows on our busy weekends.

 

Tami Ward - Assistant Riding Instructor: Saturday's

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Tami has been with Lucky C Stables for many years...in fact she grew up riding here! These days, she makes it to the barn once a week to lend a hand and offer her teaching services to our newer clients on Saturdays.  Tami has extensive experience teaching, as she has been doing it for many years.  Her positive attitude, fun mentality and friendly personality encourages children to try their best during each lesson, while building their confidence to help create the beginnings of the bond between horse and rider.  Although Tami used to ride and show herself, she now primarily focuses on teaching our beginner students.

 

 Jess Anselmo - IEA Coach & Per Diem Instructor:

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Jessica Anselmo holds a bachelor’s degree in equine studies from Centenary College. While in college she was captain of the IHSA team for two consecutive years and successfully led her team to win the national title in 2009.

In addition to her extensive team involvement, she has worked for Olympian Todd Minikus and has had other related positions, such as in-gate manager for horse shows such as Old Salem Farm, Sussex County and Gardnertown Farms. Jess also spent two years at Cloud 9 Farm in Pittstown, New Jersey, working as the director of equine rehabilitation where she was instrumental in the proper rehabilitation and care of top performance horses. After graduation, she accepted a position as barn manager for Robin Fairclough at Top Brass Farm where she assisted at many nationally rated and prestigious horse shows, including the Young Rider Championships. Jess also spent three years in Savanna, Georgia working for SCAD as the Associate Director of Equestrian Programs.

Jess eventually moved back to New York to follow her passion of teaching and riding and joined the team at Lucky C Stables as an assistant instructor and rider. In 2015, she chose to follow her newest passion in the field of health and wellness.  Jess returns to farm one day a week to coach the Lucky C Stables IEA team alongside Susan, and can occassionally be found providing lesson coverage when needed.

 

Rebecca Jacobson - IHSA Assistant Coach & Per Diem Instructor

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Becca came to our staff the spring of 2015, looking to be involved in any way with horses and our farm. She has left our staff full-time, though she continues to remain assistant coach to our SUNY New Paltz Equestrian Team.  She is originally from New York City but realized her passion for horses when she was 6 years old and has been involved ever since.  She attended Alfred University and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts; but realized her love for horses would guide her career.  After graduation, she was offered a position at Alfred where she worked until 2014 when she relocated to the Hudson Valley.  While working at Alfred, Becca helped coach their IEA team and IHSA teams as well as teach lessons, run their summer camp program, care for all their horses and train the new horses that were to be used in the program.  Becca believes in the fundamentals and importance of building a foundation in every rider.  With that being said, she loves to do this by engaging riders of all levels with the use of fun and creative riding activities and exercises!

 

Lindsay Clark - Rider, Per Diem Riding Instructor, Head of Marketing & Advertising

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Lindsay was born and raised at Lucky C. As the daughter of Susan and Gary she has been an active part of the business for over 30 years. Lindsay has been involved with teaching lessons and training horses her entire life and has a passion for working with challenging horses and ponies. She grew up riding with Susan at Lucky C until her teenage years when she branched out to train a young horse and compete in the Big Equitation, having the opportunity to train with incredible professionals including Kip Rosenthal and Lynne Peters. She was a working student for her trainers, which allowed her the opportunity to compete all over the East Coast and in over 20 National Finals, initially with her pony Beau, and eventually with Riant, a young horse she was working with during her junior and senior years of high school.

She continued her equestrian journey in college where she made three consecutive trips to IHSA Nationals. In 2009, she won the coveted Cacchione Cup, in addition to being an active competitor on the 2009 IHSA National Champion team and 2010 IHSA National Reserve Champion team. Lindsay spent each summer between college working at Lucky C and interning with several incredible professionals including Kip Rosenthal and Olympic medalists, Neal & Elisa Shapiro. During her senior year of college she began picking up extra rides for Emil Spadone at Redfield Farm. Through her connection with Emil and receiving funds from a scholarship she won, Lindsay spent three incredible months after her 2010 graduation from Centenary College learning, riding and competing for Stal Hendrix in the Netherlands before returning home to work at Lucky C full-time.

After several years of being actively involved in the farm, Lindsay found her career taking her in a different direction. In 2015, she returned to school to pursue a degree in Occupational Therapy. In 2018, Lindsay graduated with her Doctor of Occupational Therapy and is now a board certified occupational therapist. She stilll remains actively involved with our farm, continuing to manage our marketing, advertising, and social media accounts, and she still frequently provides lesson and training coverage. She can also be found snuggling with her pony Beau whom she has owned for 20 years. Though she is now employed as a full-time OT at Green Chimneys in Brewster, NY working with children with a variety of mental health and behavioral health challenges, she will always remain involved with the family business!

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