A BIT ABOUT

Our Staff

Our Staff

Clients often compliment us on the quality of our staff and with good reason. At Pine Plains every staff member has deliberately chosen the equestrian industry for their career and has spent years studying and training to be effective and competent in their job. The majority of our staff fulfill the same job specification as grooms and trainers. This holistic overview of your horse’s welfare means that both you and he are in the best possible hands. In this way you can confidently work in your office during the week or go away on vacation and be certain that your horse is receiving the very best care and attention, 365 days of the year.

At Pine Plains we use our contacts to source dedicated professionals who are looking to use their skills in a busy, vibrant environment. Pine Plains Equestrian Center is an attractive destination for trainees and professionals alike looking to advance their careers and we are often contacted by potential recruits and we are never short of qualified staff.
The team at Pine Plains always comprises a fun, eclectic group of equestrian enthusiasts who are happy to share their knowledge and experience with our clients. 
We are always interested to hear from anyone seeking to work at Pine Plains so if you think you fit the bill, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Please get in touch for more information and then apply in the first instance by contacting us.
Pam Lyon

Pam Lyon

Manager/Trainer/Rider - B.H.S.A.I

A native of Thomaston, CT, Pam began riding at the age of 10. Apart from a brief hiatus while she studied for an alternative career in plumbing, she has dedicated her life to working in the horse industry.  After high school she attended Post University in Waterbury, CT to study for a B.S. in Equine Business Management as well as a B.S. in Accounting.  As part of her course she spent three months in a study abroad program at the Huntley School of Equitation in England where she gained a number of British Horse Society qualifications.

Pam has worked in a variety of different barns gaining experience in the field. She has many years of competing under her belt in Eventing, Show Jumping, Dressage, and Show Hunters. From young horses to seasoned veterans Pam has had the opportunity to work with many horses to improve their confidence and overall knowledge of classical basics.

Louise Schmitt

Louise Schmitt

Asst. Manager/Trainer/Rider - B.H.S.A.I.

Born and raised in the South East of England, Louise started riding at 10 years old, as a child she spent all of her spare time around horses learning as much as she could. When she finished college Louise pursued a career in horses. She attended Plumpton Agricultural college where she got her equine science and management degree and BHS qualifications. She came to the US in 2007 to train horses and instruct. Since then she has run her own successful farms and has gained an abudence of knowledge in the equine field. Her main focus is on the eventing disiplines, she has experience training all levels of horses and riders and is renowned around the barn for her calming influence with both horses and riders.

Karen Trunko

Karen Trunko

Groom/Rider

Karen somes to PPE with a diverse equine background. She began her equestrian career in 2003, when she left the business world to persue her dream of working with race horses. After several years as an assitant race trainer, she branched off to persue different equine endevours and became involved in Fox Hunting. In the summer and fall of 2017 she hunted locally with the Millbrook Hunt and fell in love with the area, making the permant move to NY in 2018. Although she enjoyed Fox Hunting, she was looking to find a place to delevop more as a trianer and has come to PPE to do just that. In her free time she is an avid hiker and photographer, and enjoys spening her free days exploring the Catskills, Berkshires, and Adirondacks.

Gabby Montanino

Gabby Montanino

Groom/Rider

Ashely Strobeck

Ashely Strobeck

Groom

Phone & Email

518-398-1034
info@pineplainsequestrian.com

Open Hours

Tuesday - Sunday: 7-5

Address

2054 Route 83
Pine Plains, NY 12567

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