Top Flight Stables had a great year in 2017 and we'd like to congratulate all our riders on a job well done. We had a very successful year of showing, with many prizes and ribbons won as well as many lessons learned. Our horses were happy and healthy and went well, both at home and at shows, and we enjoyed the journey in 2017.
We had many year-end award winners and are so proud of everyone's accomplishments! We'd especially like to congratulate:
-Renogotiate and Pie Truono- 3rd place in the USEF National Rankings for English Pleasure
-VDL Au Revoir and Nicole Nemchik- Champion in EPPHA Pre-Children's 15-17 and Reserve Champion in PHSA Pre-Children's 15-17
-Joyful- Champion, Mares Four Years Old & Older Suitable to Produce, handled by Nina McMenamin and Champion, Young Hunter Under Saddle, ridden by Clarissa Crain-Pugh.
-Key West- Reserve Champion in PHSA Low Hunters
We also had many successful lessons at home with so many horses and riders learning and improving this year. And we had fun while doing it with such events as a Side-saddle Clinic, Halloween Party, Louise Serio riding Clinic, and our Annual Holiday Party to finish off the year.
Thank you to the TFS family for making it a great year and best of luck to everyone in 2018!
Top Flight Stables is excited to open its barn doors for an Open House as well as host a clinic with renowned rider and trainer, Louise Serio, on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
Louise Serio's accomplishments include many championships as rider and trainer in the most prestigious shows on the East Coast, including a victory in the 2011 WCHR Pro Hunter Spectacular aboard Castle Rock at the Winter Equestrian Festival.
Serio has also won the Old Springhouse Trophy for Lifetime Achievement, been named the Chronicle of the Horse Hunter Horseperson of the Year, represented the United States as part of the WCHR Hunter Team at the 2009 World Cup Finals and the USHJA International Hunter Derby Team at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and was inducted in the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame in 2012.
Louise Serio has been an instrumental part of the hunter community since she began Derbydown, a nationally recognized show hunter barn, in 1975. She helped found the American Hunter Jumper Foundation, the World Champion Hunter Rider Program, and the United States Hunter Jumper Association.
Top Flight Stables is honored to have Louise Serio come to our farm for a clinic that will be open at no charge to auditors. Please come to take a tour of the farm, watch the clinic, and enjoy the day with us!
Ellen Derrick Introduces Top Flight Stables in Chester Springs, PA
Hunter/Jumper trainer Ellen Derrick (formerly McGregor) is very pleased to announce her stable is relocating to a new, fully-equipped equestrian facility, Hetherbridge Farm, in Chester Springs, PA. Located at 1072 St. Matthews Road, Top Flight Stables at Hetherbridge Farm, is accepting new clients and boarders starting in January, 2017. Previously, Derrick operated McGregor Stables at Crebilly Farm in West Chester for 10 years.
Top Flight Stables, a hunter/jumper training and boarding facility offers individualized programs designed to maximize each horse and rider’s goals and potential. Most of Derrick’s clients compete in a full, year-round schedule of rated and local horse shows, while others choose to focus their training efforts at the farm. Derrick specializes in helping each horse and rider team to grow and learn together, through consistent quality instruction and training.
At their new location, Top Flight Stables provides a well-lit indoor ring (90'x200'), conveniently located close to the barn, as well as an outdoor grass riding arena(130'x250'). The facility includes spacious, well-ventilated, matted stalls; two indoor wash stalls with heat lamps; an outdoor wash stall with hot and cold water; large pastures; and a heated tack room.
“I’m excited about the training prospects this new facility will offer my clients,” said Derrick. “I look forward to continuing to cultivate a collaborative and drama-free atmosphere that fosters quality horsemanship and excellence in riding and training.”
Derrick chose the name “Top Flight” in honor of her late father and his professional and military career as a pilot, as well as the connotation of quality and excellence.
“I strive to help each of my clients to grow and learn as riders, and maximize their riding potential and their horse’s abilities,” she said. “We hope our work at home, and in the show ring, is truly ‘Top Flight.’”
Derrick brings over 15 years of work as a professional to her clients. She studied, trained, and worked for and with some of the nation’s top hunter/jumper trainers, including Louise Serio and Jim Toon. She has extensive experience working with young horses, as well as horses that have encountered challenges in their training programs. She works with riders to overcome issues that may be interfering with their ability to successfully compete and advance to their potential.