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Trainers & Staff

Caves Farm trainers and staff were chosen because their professionalism and dedication match those of Caves Farm. They pride themselves on providing service that exceeds expectations.

Katie Cooper

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Katie Cooper comes to us from Lancaster, PA, where she successfully competed as a junior in high school and continued competing through the collegiate level. Throughout hercareer, she has worked with many reputable trainers. She came to Caves after touring Europe with a very successful Grand Prix rider from Ireland. Katie has brought the riding program here through the stages of development needed to create one of the most successful show barns in Maryland. Her training and coaching techniques have enabled many of her students to qualify for Zone Finals, MHSA Gittings, and the WIHS since her arrival. Her enthusiasm and endless energy help mold her students into competitive riders.

As a professional rider, Katie has competed sucessfully in the hunters and jumpers up to the grand prix level. She has qualified and competed at Harrisburg and Washington. In 2012, she finished the year leading the region in the WCHR Developing Rider standings. Katie truly loves bringing a young horse up through the levels- you will see her showing a seasoned horse at an AA show one day, and taking a young horse to his first local show the next.

Katie Francella


Katie Francella comes to us from Annapolis, MD where she had an extensive background in any kind of horse related activity she could come across. She really found her love in thehunter ring and worked for several trainers before turning professional herself. Katie enjoys all ages of riders- from the very young to the more mature. 




Sissy Wickes

We are so very lucky to have the expertise of Sissy Wickes at our disposal. Sissy worked for many high level riders and trainers in addition to running her very own successful business- Springtown. Sissy comes to us at least once a month and travels to shows to help the team perform our best. 

Emilee Herbert


Emilee is our barn manager at Caves Farm. She ensures that all daily tasks run smoothly and that each horse and pony at the farm is taken care of. Emilee came to us from HilltopFarm in Colora, MD where she worked with upper level dressage horses and solidified her knowledge of running a major operation.