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ABOUT ME

Kerri Healy Nitzenberger

Ever since I was born, I've had a strong love for horses. Growing up going to the barn daily with my mom, I knew early on that I wanted to dedicate my life to horses. I grew up riding at Wellspring Farm, in Wilmington Delaware, where they have a great program allowing you to work to ride; giving everyone an equal opportunity to share their love of horses. At Wellspring Farm, I learned how to ride many different types of ponies and horses, and all about their daily care. In addition I learned about shows and competitions, starting young horses and helping teach young kids to ride.


As a young teen, I started training with Melvin Dutton who quickly became a mentor for me. He taught and encouraged me to continue my education with horses. Melvin taught me how to ride different types of horses, from show hunters to difficult youngsters. There I was able to learn great skills and techniques to start young horses, compete in show hunters/jumpers, and become a professional braider and body clipper.


After graduating school I was hired by Iron Springs Farm, a breeding and sales facility, to start their young horses. During this time, I ventured into the steeple chase racing and fox hunting world becoming Kathy Nielson's assistant steeplechase trainer and a member of Cheshire Hunt. I continue to learn with many trainers learning different techniques to broaden and expand my knowledge; including KC VanDyke, Melvin Dutton, Jane Sleeper, Michael Walton, Linda Zango, and Phillip Dutton.

 
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After building a well diversified resume, I decided to open my own business in 2012 focusing on three day eventing. Highlights from my career include eventing through the intermediate level, 2012 leading lady rider for BVA Steeplechase association, and 2016 winner of Plantation Field thoroughbred award. I enjoy bringing young horses along, and am a strong believer in cross training, so you will often see me at a variety of events preparing horses and riders for multiple disciplines. I enjoy developing new talent as well as working with students to help them reach their goals. Through hard work and positive reinforcement, I instill confidence in both horse and rider. I am located at Phillip Dutton Eventing's world class facility, True Prospect Farm, with a private 12 stall barn where I can continue my education, train, and teach.

 

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