Tom Hern Jr.
Professional Rider, USEF "R" Licensed Course Designer
Tom Hern has been riding, training and teaching in the equestrian industry
for over thirty years. As a child he rode and competed successfully throughout Massachusetts, New England and along the East
Coast. He trained with some of the nations most notable trainers and at the young age of twelve, he won the Rhode Island Equitation
Finals. He is still to this date the youngest rider ever to win the event. Tom went on to compete throughout his junior
years quite successfully at the state and national levels in the equitation, hunter and jumper rings. Tom graduated magna
cum laude from Johnson and Wales University with a bachelors degree in Equine Business Management and became a licensed
Massachusetts Riding Instructor while in college.
Tom enjoys teaching and riding and continues
to successfully show hunters and jumpers. Recently, Tom’s students have won circuit championships from the most prestigious
horse show series including Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) Ocala (Florida) and Saugerties (New York).
As an active USEF "R" licensed course designer, Tom has designed
courses for local and "A" rated horse shows; Fieldstone, SeaCoast Classics, Yankee Clipper Classics as well as regional
finals including Massachusetts Hunter/Jumper (MHJ) Equitation, Hunter and Jumper Finals, Rhode Island Equitation Finals and
Mass Horsemen's Council (MHC) Equitation Finals. Tom uses his skill and course building experience to prepare his riders
for the challenges seen at the nations's major horse shows and finals.
Tom is proudly sponsored by Antares
Amy Elizabeth Hern
& Barn Manager
Amy Hern is the farm’s Barn Manager.
Amy’s riding career began over thirty years ago and is fueled by a genuine love of the horses. After a successful junior
riding and show career, Amy attended the University of Connecticut and Northeastern University and went on to pursue a career
in the biotech industry employed by a French biotech company in infectious disease research as a Senior Staff Scientist and
Project Manager. While at the University of Connecticut, Amy’s studies focused on Equine Health and feeding of the performance
horse, she uses this knowledge base to provide qualified, meticulous planning of feed and care regimens for Kingsway’s
equine athletes. While working in the biotech industry Amy traveled extensively through Europe and spent time researching
warmblood bloodlines at the national breeding stud farms in France, The Netherlands and Germany. Amy turned her focus to the
equine industry full time in 2004, she is the Northeast Saddle Fitter for Antares Custom Saddles and enjoys riding and showing
her own horse Flamenco 135 (Florestan I x Concordia).
Asst. Barn Manager
Bridget Hatch is Kingsway's assistant
barn manager and instructor. She has an extensive equine background and trained with Tom during her successful junior riding
career; highlights of which include qualifying for MHC, NEHC and MHJ Junior Equitation Finals as well as a 4th place finish
in the NEEC Junior Horsemanship class with an impressive 95 score in the practical phase. Bridget has worked as
a large animal veterinary technician, is a licensed EMT and Massachusetts licensed riding instructor as well as a member of
SMART (State of Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team), DART (Disaster Animal Response Team) and EPPC (Emergency Prepardness
Program Consultants). Bridget holds a BA in liberal arts from Massasoit State College and is vital in the management and meticulous
care of Kingsway's equine athletes. She has a warm rapport with her students and a engaging personality which makes her
exceptional at giving horses and humans wonderful confidence both in and out of the show ring.