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Emily Hertz Chadwell

I am the “Farm Manager”. Emily was born in Vermont and grew up on her family’s farm, surrounded by horses. As a junior rider, Emily showed successfully in the equitation, earning ribbons at Massachusetts, Connecticut and New England Equitation Championships and competing several times at Medal and Maclay finals. Highlights from Emily’s equitation career include a 4th place finish in the horsemanship competition at the Junior New England Equitation Championships in 2002 and a Reserve Championship at the New England Equitation Championships in 2003.

Emily attended Smith College where she graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in American Studies and was a junior member of Phi Beta Kappa. She captained Smith’s IHSA Equestrian team her senior year and was the High Point Over Fences and Reserve Champion Cacchione Cup rider two years in a row.

Emily Hertz Chadwell came to Charleston from Spring Mill Farm in Memphis, Tennessee, where she worked as a trainer and professional rider for four years under owner and trainer David Pellegrini. During her time at Spring Mill, Emily coached students to countless wins at “AA” rated shows throughout the mid-south and east coast. She trained riders from the shortstirrup level through junior hunters, hunter derbies and equitation, as well as jumper riders through the Grand Prix level. Emily and David qualified students annually for Devon, the Pennsylvania National, Washington International and National Horse Show in Kentucky, where they consistently won ribbons. In addition to her coaching skills, Emily’s ability as a rider made her a dominant force in both the hunter and jumper rings. At Spring Mill Farm, she brought many young horses along through the hunter divisions, from baby green to the working hunters and hunter derbies, consistently winning and earning championships along the way. Among her accolades were a USHJA National Hunter Derby win at the Gulf Coast Classic aboard a horse she started as a four-year-old, multiple championships in the green hunter divisions and a secondplace finish in the Charleston Summer Classic USHJA National Hunter Derby, with scores of 88 and 85. Emily also had great success in the jumper ring, where she worked with both young and seasoned horses, winning classes at all levels. Just before moving to Charleston, Emily put in a clear round in the Grand Prix at the Charleston Summer Classic aboard a nine-year old mare the farm had in training.

Emily has spent her time in Charleston thus far developing horses and riders in the hunter and jumper rings. She has earned top ribbons in the green hunters and hunter derbies from Mullet Hall to Tryon International Equestrian Center and has coached children’s and junior hunters to top finishes and championships at the same venues. She has also coached riders and competed horses to numerous blue ribbon finishes in the jumper ring and brought along riders in the walk-trot, crossrail and short stirrup divisions. Emily also coached the Ashley Hall Equestrian Team to multiple championship finishes, including a SCISA State Championship title, during the 2015-2016 season.

Before Spring Mill Farm, Emily trained for Wood Run Farm, a private jumper stable based out of Wellington, Florida and Denver, Colorado. During her year-long employment there, she worked with Laura Kraut training the family’s Grand Prix jumpers and coached daughter, Sarah Tredennick, to victories in FEI level Grand Prixs. She brought her own horse along, as well as one of the farm’s up-and-coming Grand Prix horses, in the 1.30m and 1.40m open jumper classes, Welcome Stakes and Grand Prixs, earning top prizes at Brownland Farm, Estes Park and the Colorado Horse Park. In addition to her success in the grand prix ring, Emily was a dominant force in the hunter rings, winning the $5,000 USHJA Hunter Derby at the High Prairie Horse Show in Parker, Colorado and placing fourth in the $10,000 Brownland Farm Hunter Derby in 2011 on the family’s two hunters.

Prior to training for Wood Run Farm, Emily worked with John and Beth Manning at Biscuit Hill Farm in Shelburne, MA where she trained hunters, jumpers and equitation horses, broke young horses and taught lessons. During her 9-year employment, she coached both junior and amateur riders to wins at horse shows throughout New England, including regional hunter and equitation championships, and competed client and sale horses in rated hunter and jumper divisions with much success. Emily also coached the Amherst College IHSA team for three years and was assistant coach to the 2011 IEA National Champion Hopkins Academy/Biscuit Hill team.