Michelle Hargreaves has been riding since the age of 5, competed in the Piedmont area throughout her teens and then for the NCSU Equestrian Team as she attended North Carolina State University and graduated with an Animal Science Degree. Afterwards Michelle went to Plumpton College in the UK and received her higher degree in Equine Management. While over in England, Michelle received her qualifications to be a British Horse Society qualified instructor. She also competed and trained horses while lecturing at the Plumpton College and the University of Brighton in Horse Management courses.
Michelle’s specialty is in Eventing (Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross-Country), and Hunter/Jumper Riding.
Since 2008 Michelle has instructed the students of Wake Forest University and is their Coach for the Hunter/Jumper and Dressage Team. Both teams are highly competitive and have taken students all the way to Nationals. In 2010 Salem College Equestrian Team moved to Hidden K Stables and began competing in both the IHSA and IDA organisations.
Hidden K Stables is an approved Pony Club Riding Center where Michelle is the Center Administrator and main Instructor to many Pony Club members that love to learn, Rate up and Rally throughout the disciplines. Michelle enjoys instructing all levels and all ages, she believes everyone can find a discipline to enjoy with horses.
In 2011, Michelle became the Executive Director of Hidden K Stables Rescue and Rehab (a 501c3 non-profit organization) that gives back to the Equestrian Community through retraining rescue horses and educating the public in Horse Management. Please see the link from the main page to their website.
Jordan Belanger – Originally from New Hampshire, Jordan moved to King, North Carolina when she was 5 years old with my family. Jordan got her first horse at the age of fifteen and has been in love ever since. She has ridden many different disciplines, but mostly competed in Western Horsemanship, Hunters and Eventing.
Jordan graduated from West Stokes High School, with a scholarship to ride for the St. Andrews Hunt Seat team. She spent her freshman year riding for the hunt seat team, and was very successful. Sophomore year she competed on both the western and hunter seat teams. Jordan finished fourth at Hunter Seat Zones in her division. In addition, that year she was first in her division at the western semi-finals, as well as a member of the very first “Clean Sweep/Perfect Score” Semi-Finals Team in IHSA history. At 2016 IHSA Nationals she was Champion in her division, as well as a member of the co-Champion team, helping earn the first National Championship title for St. Andrews University. In 2017, my junior year, Jordan went on to compete at IHSA Nationals, as a member of the second ever National Champion Western Team for St. Andrews University. In 2017, Jordan also enjoyed being in the Dressage and Jumping program at the St. Andrews Facility honing in on her multi-discipline skills.
She recently adopted a retired racehorse from the Turning For Home Program, and hopes to compete her in Eventing. Tourliani has made her fall in love with thoroughbreds, and continues to feed her passion for the breed and competition.
As an assistant trainer Jordan aspires to become the best all-around horseman she can be. Jordan has said ” Not only do I want to be successful in the saddle as a showman, but I also want to be successful as a caretaker for horses. I strive to be the best partner I can be for any horse I ride, and always seek any educational opportunity I can to grow my knowledge base. I also enjoy teaching and helping bring up the next generation of horseman. I want to be a role model for the youth in the industry, showing them that knowing the horse inside and out, and putting in the extra time out of the saddle is what makes true champions.”
Dawn Longman joined the Hidden K Stables family in 2010 when her daughter Iselle began riding lessons at the barn. With a degree in communications from William Paterson University in NJ, and a career as a cost analyst manager locally, Dawn’s exceptional organizational skills made her the ideal choice as the Pony Club Assistant Center Administrator at Hidden K, a position she assumed in 2012. In addition to her administrative duties with the Pony Club, Dawn has headed up the 501(c)(3) non-profit rescue organization, Hidden K Stables Rescue & Rehab (HKSR&R), which has rescued and rehomed four horses since 2011. She also prepares the Hidden K Stables newsletters and manages the email database. Dawn & Iselle own Tabby, a favorite among the beginner riders at Hidden K. To subscribe to the newsletter, update email or obtain information about Pony Club or HKSR&R, contact her at [email protected].