The lesson horses…

..are show quality, and the barn and grounds are magnificent.

Mercedes Berg | Lake Oswego, OR


Training Programs

montageTrainer: Akiko Hamada of S
tellar Sport Horses 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.

Contact Akiko: 503-327-5205

darci-seekerTrainer: Darci Bayney of Zona Farms

Darci has been riding and showing in the sport for over 25 years. She started in Eugene, Oregon at age seven and rode in the Pony Division, Junior Hunters and Equitation until she graduated high school. She then moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University. To expand her knowledge and riding even further, she moved to California where she worked, rode, and competed rigorously for two years. She has trained with top trainers from Mike Gallaway, Karen Healey, Shelley Campf, and Betty Beran. She became even more dedicated to pursuing an education in all aspects of the sport. In 2000, she started Zona Farms in California where she competed at the AA shows up and down the California coast.

Upon her return to Oregon, Darci brought Zona Farms to the Northwest. This boutique, hands on training program has brought many young horses and riders up to their greatest potential. Currently, her riders are among the highest ranked in Equitation and Medals on the West Coast. Darci’s mission is to help her students achieve their goals and to create happy and healthy horses that can compete at a National level.

Over the past decade, Darci feels lucky to have trained some of the best riders the sport has to offer. She has trained and developed some of the most successful junior riders competing on the circuit today. Her success spans all aspects of hunter and jumper competition with concentrated success in the Equitation. Darci believes that from years of competing, hard work, and dedication, Zona Farms has proven to be one of the best programs in the Northwest. Zona Farms specializes in hunters, jumpers, equitation, investment horses, young horses, sales, and training. Trainer Darci Bayney offers a full-service training program geared toward hunter/jumper competition – from beginner through advanced levels. The training and instruction at Zona Farms emphasizes horsemanship and the development of a sympathetic relationship between horse and rider. As a smaller-sized program, Zona prides itself on providing highly personalized care and training that brings out the very best in each horse and rider.

Contact Darci: 503-519-0847 Website:


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
  • Trails

Please call for rates on board and training. Call Akiko Hamada at 503-327-5205 or Darci Bayney at 503-519-0847 for more information.

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