Nathalie (Cooper) Manning has riding in her blood. She began to ride at the tender age of 3 under the guidance of her grandfather, USEF Hall of Fame inductee Morton "Cappy" Smith, and was trained by him and many of the East Coast's most renowned trainers. Nathalie has won many awards for her riding and horsemanship including successfully competing in all Junior Equitation Medal finals on the East Coast.
She continued to ride while attending Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts where she captained the National Champion IHSA riding team. Competing as an individual, Nathalie won the National Championship in Open Fences and Flat Classes in 2007. As an amateur she has won many medal finals and horsemanship challenges including; The Rhode Island Horsemanship challenge award several years in a row, the Massachusetts Medal Finals, and Massachusetts Hunter Jumper Finals.
Nathalie moved to California in 2007, continuing her development as a rider while training at her family's West Coast facility, The Oaks. In recent years, she has enjoyed success competing in amateur hunters, jumpers, and equitation classes, winning several west coast medal finals including: OCHSA equitation and OCHSA horsemanship; and was the 2008 Champion in the PCHA for the Low-Amateur-Owner Hunters. She was also Champion for the Silver Stirrup Year-End awards in 2008 for the Open-jumpers.
In 2009 she followed in her family's tradition when she turned her passion into a profession and opened Acorn Farm.
Acorn Farm has had tremendous success in the equitation and hunters with numerous championship titles to show for it, and most recently Nathalie has been competing with several new mounts in the upper level jumpers and Grand Prixs with great success. Nathalie's goal is to allow each rider's true talent to shine through while excelling in horsemanship and mastering the art of riding.
Florence is joining Acorn Farms with 15 years of experience in training beginner and intermediate riders. Over the past fifteen years she has been involved in two successful riding schools and brought along numerous young and adults riders. Many of her riders have progressed to be very successful in A rated, County and IEL shows. Florence encourages each student to nurture their own passion for horses and riding, as well as educating them in the care of their equine partners. Florence has always loved horses and has been riding since she was very young. However, she was able to cultivate that passion over the past 21 years riding and teaching with many successful trainers in and around San Juan Capistrano and Southern California.
Lauren joins Acorn Farm with years of successful showing experience in the the hunter, and equitation ring. Lauren was many years in a row the leading USEF hunter rider in the Regular Working hunters, and brings great knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to Acorn Farm. We are so thankful to have Lauren's help at the shows and at home.