At Twin Oaks Farm, we are focused on providing hunter/jumper lessons and training.
Our trainer, Olivia Mullins, has over 20 years of equine experience.
Just like many other young girls, her love of riding started early in life. She began hunter/jumper lessons at age 8, in Valdosta, GA. grew up a military brat so we moved around every 3 or 4 years. The silver lining in that was I had opportunities to ride with many different trainers. In Illinois I continued hunter/jumper training, showing at local schooling shows. Illinois is where I was introduced to eventing and met the trainer who had the greatest impact on me as a trainer. "Miss Vickye" taught me to ride western and train from the ground up. She helped me train my first horse - how to "break" them using kind, humane techniques.
At age 10, we moved to Biloxi, MS. There I learned how to show. Because my trainer was no longer able to ride, I rode and showed his horses in exchange for lessons. As a result of riding so many different horses who were at different levels, I became a more skilled rider. I was also introduced to rated shows. I won champion and reserve champion at the lower levels in three different circuits.
I trained my first horse, a two year old Arabian, at the age of 13. We participated in Pony Club which is where I was introduced to dressage. In Pony Club I reached C2 rating before leaving Biloxi and moving to Oklahoma, to pursue my riding career.
At age 17, I fell in love with and retrained my first OTTB. Prince had attacked his race trainer in his stall. I asked for an opportunity to retrain him and find him a new home. After 3 months, he was a different horse that was jumping 2'3". The owner wanted $2500.00, I got her $4500.00.
Also, just like many young women, I married and started a family. I rode for my own pleasure until about a year ago. My mother and I started Twin Oaks Farm where I give riding lessons and train horses.
Altogether, I have trained/retrained 3 OTTBs, as well as quarter horses, paints, POAs, Appoloosas, and Arabians to do hunter/jumpers. I have trained in hunter/jumpers, dressage, and western pleasure. I am currently working with 4 OTTBs: one personal, two lesson horses and one for a client, as hunter/jumpers.
In the future, I will be looking for good OTTBs to retrain and find them good homes with my students.. However, I hope my personal OTTB, Exceed, will take us to higher levels in the hunter/jumper show ring.