- A 100’x200’ fully enclosed indoor arena and a 150’x300’ open arena, both lighted and sprinkler-equipped
- An open jumping field
- Large round pen
- 24 14’x14’ matted stalls with automatic waterers (all stalls have 2 entrances for safety purposes)
- Two indoor hot/cold wash racks with heating lamps
- Two outdoor wash racks
- Heated foaling stall
- Heated "sick-bay" stall for convalescent horses
- Climate-controlled lounge and restrooms
- Top-of –the –line laundry facilities
- Tack room
- Daily turn-out on lush pastures
- Staff lives on premises
- Nightly checks by staff
- Boarder lessons and training
- Lesson program for all skill levels
- Local and "A" show attendance
- Lots of room to roam!
Margaux Nodvin (Owner):
Katie Matteson (Trainer/Coach): I had an affinity for horses at a young age that started with an intense My Little Pony collection and led into lessons at a local barn. I was extremely fortunate to have an instructor that focused on developing a strong understanding of the basic mechanics of riding and importance of rider position. When I was ready for a more challenging atmosphere and the show ring, I began riding under the instruction of John Seidman at Cypress Trails. There I was able to pick up catch rides in the pony ring in Tampa, Venice, Delray and HITS Ocala until I aged out and was given my equitation horse, Pete.
When it was time to choose a college, the best riding program was my main priority (besides, Pete had to come too!) and I attended Mt Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. I was lucky to be chosen as one of the few freshman on the team and then was one of five riders selected to represent our school at nationals that year! Nationals was held in Conyers and it was an amazing experience! All five of us pinned in our classes and our team was able to take home the national trophy! My coach, CJ Law, offered me a job to work summers at Forest Acres Camp for Girls in Maine as the barn manager of 22 horses and a riding instructor. There, I was able to further practice under her instruction and gained experience teaching riders from age 5 to 16. I was also able to pick up riding drills and techniques from fellow instructors and boarded a couple of my own investment ponies to train too!
Halfway through undergrad college, I made the decision to challenge my studies and transfer to Emory University for a degree in Biology. Upon my arrival, I founded the riding team with another transfer student, and to this day the Emory Equestrian Team is still active. I had leased one of my ponies out to Greenway Farm in Alpharetta and ended up campaigning two of their sale horses (which eventually turned into my own jumper, Poncho), and kept a couple young ponies that I started there too. I also had the opportunity to ride a variety of sale horses for Gina Pfeffer and groomed and schooled with Ricky Coward until moving my jumper to Fortitude Farm. There, I worked under Carolyn Bell , schooling horses, teaching lessons and eventually opened Yellow House Farm with her as the barn manager with 32 horses under my care.
Although it was an amazing job, I decided to move to a corporate office position where my friend and I could take this little idea called Kathryn Lily and kindle it into a company. Kathryn Lily was born in 2010 and is now a budding equestrian apparel label with retailers throughout the US, Canada and Mexico....and partners with JustWorld International, a non-profit organization that helps give a "leg up" to underprivileged children.
I am extremely excited to come back to the ring with Hillmar Farm and their IEA teams! The interscholastic riding programs are very dear to me, as IHSA has given me the opportunity learn under the best instructors, make life-long friends, and meet my business partner. Let's get ready for a fabulous season....Because riding is, after all, serious fun!!