Hunter/jumper training is provided by Akiko Hamada, who operates her Stellar Sport Horses program at French Hill. Akiko has an extensive background of showing and training with top trainers such as 2012 Olympian and World Cup winner, Rich Fellers, and Dressage Master, Dominique Barbier. She trains horses and riders from baby green to the A show circuit levels. Akiko has always had a passion for meticulous ground and flat work to maximize the horse’s balance and ability to carry itself. Although she began her career in the jumper ring, Akiko decided to study Dressage to improve her horses’ performance over fences. Akiko trains and coaches with great sensitivity and tact. Stellar Sport Horses is primarily a show program, and riders in her program attend many shows per show season, with many to choose from on the West Coast from Canada to California. There are shows for all levels of riders – from small, local shows to large A rated shows such as HITS near Palm Desert, CA for several weeks in February and March.
The goal of care at French Hill is to give horses a relaxed and contented living situation.
- 42 12×12 rubber matted stalls, 3 12×14 stalls, most stalls have yoked windows, all have yoked doors
- Stall dividers have 2/3 grill to improve ventilation and horse socialization
- 6 grooming stalls
- Overhead fans in all stalls and in grooming area
- Security & fire alarm systems
- Automated non-toxic insect repellent system
- Stalls cleaned twice a day, 7 days a week
- 3 scheduled feedings per day
- Choice of 5 high quality grains
- Highest quality Eastern Oregon hay
- Use of Eurociser
- 2 heated hot water wash stalls
- Rubber brick aisleways
- Sand paddocks, large grass paddocks, and grass pastures
- Derby jumping field
Rates start at $1325 for board and training. Call Akiko Hamada atfor more information.