Deerfield Farm has 2 equestrian teams for students looking to take their riding to a higher level: Regional Team and World Team.
Our equestrian team members come from all over the Seattle metro area and includes students from Sammamish, Redmond, Bellevue, Issaquah, Snoqualmie and North Bend.
The Regional Team is the next step for riders who wish to be more involved with our program, whether through competitive showing or to take their riding to a higher level. The Regional team is made up of 8 riders who are hand-picked by Deerfield instructors for the position.
Riders on the Regional Team will advance their riding and horse handling skills, as well as develop skills such as responsibility, a strong work ethic and leadership. Regional Team members will ride in two lessons a week, take part in their Saturday group lesson and participate in the monthly team overnight. They will also have the opportunity to participate in regional shows across Washington State throughout spring and summer.
Some of the requirements of the Regional Team
They are students who are excited about horses, riding and turning it into a mastery skill. Most of Deerfield Farm's World and National Champions came from this incredible program. These students are champions inside and outside of the show pen and form lasting relationships with their teammates. All involved in Regional Team are really an outstanding group of kids and parents!
This exclusive Show team is made up of 8 advanced youth and adult amateurs, who were interviewed and handpicked for the position.
These students show competitively at the local, regional, National and World level.
The World team members are all riders who have committed themselves to a masterful study of riding, not only for success in the show pen, but success in their lives as a whole.
These students have learned to become powerful human beings through their deep study of horsemanship. Past students are out in the world making it a better place and if you ask them, they'll tell you it's because of their involvement in the program!
The following was written by a current member of our equestrian team when she was asked to describe the moment in high school when she became an adult. We believe it shows our team members learn much more than just riding skills, they develop character and learn valuable life lessons.
"After being a team leader on my equestrian team for a couple months, I was starting to slack off and doubt my motivation to put in the effort towards showing at the World show in Texas. I almost decided to back out, but I had a conversation with my coach and she asked which option would make me feel better about myself.
I thought about it for a moment, and when I decided to follow through, put in the work, and hold to my commitment, I'd say I truly became an adult; one able to make the right and harder decision for myself and others. I think there is a certain level of self-awareness and discipline that comes with becoming an adult that I reached for the first time in that moment. Ever since that day I have operated on a whole different level around my team, horse and in my life.
The fact that my coach posed it to me as a question (not a demand) really made me realize that I am in charge of deciding these things for myself and it is up to me to make the decision that is best, even if I don't want to. This knowledge of responsibility inspired me to be the best person I can be."
Our head instructor Katie is always on the lookout for possible future regional and world team members and will set up a meeting with the parents to discuss their interest level.
Please keep in mind we have limited space for the team.
How do I learn more about the Teams?
For more information about our teams, please call our head trainer Katie. She'll be happy to discuss either the Regional or World Team with you!
I am immensely proud of all our 2017 World Competitors and their incredible horses.
This year we were honored to be awarded:
The success of our team is due to a high-level of commitment and hours of hard work from both students and coaches at Deerfield.
We are so proud of our graduating Seniors that finished their last year showing in the youth with a bang. Horse shows will not be the same without you! Wishing you luck as you continue your journey.
Deerfield is the true joy in life! Deerfield has been a place of learning and a place of discovery for me. The horses show you so much about yourself and the self-confidence you get from riding and caring for a horse is inspiring.
Gratitude and love surrounds me when I take just one step through the green gate and into the barn. Deerfield has taught me that I can be a leader and everyone, including me, is perfect just the way they are. Deerfield is an extraordinary experience and I am so glad that I am a part of the family behind the big red barn doors.