"Dressage is the basis. If something is off here, there will be something off with the jumping." ~ George Morris
MEET THE TRAINING TEAM
Trainer and Manager Sarah Savin
Trainer Sarah Savin has been working with horses since early childhood. Sarah has worked in the equine industry in Texas, Colorado, Australia, and Oregon. She has experience with off the track thoroughbreds, green horses, and competition horses. She draws on her knowledge of horse development and behavior when training and teaching to bring about the best positive outcome. Similarly, Sarah holds a Master's degree in mental health counseling and is well educated in childhood development as well as techniques for anxious or nervous riders. Her lessons focus on positivity, fun, and goal achievement for both horse and rider.
As a rider, Sarah has a "natural feel" for the horse. She focuses on encouraging the horse and finding its strengths. Sarah is also a student of the sport and of the animal. She regularly seeks published studies on techniques and care tips. She also continues her education of the sport by consulting with colleagues and riding with respected local professionals such as Jeff Cook, Kevin Freeman, and Jeff Campf in lessons or clinics. The learning process is one of Sarah's favorite aspects of the sport.
Sarah started taking lessons and competing in Hunters on her first horse, an OTTB named Winthrop. After Winthrop's retirement, Sarah began competing in 3 Day Eventing and had success during her high school years as an Eventer in Texas. She continued to ride through college and even took a course at the Yorkshire Riding Centre in England to continue to develop her skills, but took time off from competition to focus on school. After college, Sarah moved to Australia where she began her post-graduate education and also taught at a riding school, competed in jumpers, and brought along and sold a promising young horse. She moved to Oregon in 2009 to pursue her Master's degree, and shortly thereafter her family bought the property that is now Savin Hill Farm.
From a client: "When training students, she is always aware of how the horse is moving and seems to be feeling. She is conscious and sure to not over-use her school horses as many places seem to do. She has never been aggressive towards her students or horses. She always thinks about the horse's well-being first. She uses rider aids rather than training devices the vast majority of the time, for the best outcomes for training. Having ridden since she was very young and with very well known trainers, she has a really great feel for horses and riding. SHF is a great team environment for the students and we are all sure to keep a good eye on the horses."
Assistant Trainer Klaudia Maciag
Klaudia brings a wealth of experiences to the program and Team Savin Hill. Klaudia grew up riding back east in Chicago, Illinois. She began riding at age eight at Glen Grove Equestrian Center and later became a working student for the trainers at Glen Grove Equestrian. In high school she started riding with an eventing trainer at Frontenac Farm. During high school, she switched her focus to the hunter/jumper world when she started riding with Jacki Larisch at Winter Meadow Farm. There she received a wealth of experience working with green horses. Klaudia has travelled to Europe to ride with trainers from Mullingar, Belfast and Brussels and to work with young, green horses ranging from yearlings to five year olds. Klaudia attended Willamette University where she received her degree in Biology and explored her passion for veterinary medicine. There she also started and coached the university’s first IHSA team which has successfully been competing in the zone. During her summers in Oregon, she went to work as a professional groom for Rich Fellers in Oregon City. She travelled with the Fellers to shows and was constantly learning the details behind running a large program as well as what it truly takes to be a successful show jumper. Her lessons focus on both encouraging and challenging the horse and rider to accomplish their goals as well as having fun while learning. Klaudia’s teaching and riding style work complimentary to Sarah’s, and her attention to detail can be seen around the barn as well as in lessons.