Willow Brook Holliston | Meet Our Trainers
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Amazing trainers and staff are the reason for the success of Willow Brook Farm.


Ride to the Future.

Allyssa B. Dean



Lead WBF Trainer

Massachusetts Licensed Trainer

IEA Coach

IEA Steward


“Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork” With a positive, supportive attitude paired with a high level of skilled training, it is no wonder Allyssa Dean is our Lead Trainer at WBF. Her “can do” attitude sets WBF students and trainers up for a positive experience and personal growth! A 2011 graduate from UMASS Equine Industries in Animal Behavioral Science, Allyssa joined our team shortly after in 2013. Allyssa has experience in eventing, hunters, jumpers, polo, and fox hunting. When she is not teaching or coaching IEA, Allyssa competes with her 3 horses in eventing, jumpers and fox hunting.


The difference between try and triumph is a little UMPH!

Courtney Cyr



Show Manager

Massachusetts Licensed Trainer

IEA Coach


Courtney has been part of WBF since 2010. Her passion for horses started at a young age and carried through to college. Upon graduation from Johnson and Wales University, with a bachelors in Equine Businesses Management, she managed a large show barn. Her passion for teaching brought her to WBF where she chose to focus on developing a love of horses and riding with children. Courtney has contributed greatly to the growth of our riding program, bringing not only quality training but founding WBF’s IEA team. Today she is not only a valued trainer and IEA coach, but our show manager for all off property shows, home shows, and  IEA shows. When she is not at WBF, Courtney enjoys spending time with her son, two dogs, and her own horse.


No hour is wasted that is spent riding a horse.

Caitlin White



Equine and Stable Manager

CHA Certified Trainer

Massachusetts Licensed Trainer


“Best of the Best” is the only way to define WBF’s Equine and Stable Manager Caity! Caity’s love for horses started as a youth and took her to Wyoming where she attended Central Wyoming College for equine management, training technology and farrier science. In her 15 years of experience she has trained and taught in multiple disciplines, as well as started horses from the ground up. Passionate for the western styles, Caity has coached a Western IEA team to nationals as well as barrel racers competing in NBHA. As WBF’s western trainer,  she loves sharing her knowledge with her students! In 2010, Caity enhanced her equine portfolio by becoming a certified horsemanship instructor for english and western disciplines. When Caity is not at WBF, she loves spending time with her own horses, competing, and sharing her day with her two dogs Mickey and Sully.


Where the heart is willing, it will find a way. Where it is unwilling, a million excuses.

Julie Blackburn



Massachusetts Licensed Trainer
PATH Certified


Julie has been a Massachusetts licensed riding instructor since 1988. Her credits include an A.S. in Equine Science and a B.S. in Equine Business Management from Johnson and Wales University. In 2013 Julie became PATH certified for therapeutic riding and is currently working towards her certification in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. During an 18 year stay in Michigan, Julie trained in dressage with Carole Grant, Maryal Barnett, Susan White, and Paul Belasik. Julie and her students have won many local and regional awards in New England and the Midwest, including numerous championships and reserves from the Midwest Dressage Association, Michigan Eventing Association,US Eventing Association, and the US Dressage Federation.


Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m Possible”.

Sophie Shulman



Massachusetts Licensed Trainer


Sophie brings a wonderful energy to the WBF team! Joining the WBF Team in 2015, Sophie came to us after teaching at a sleep away riding camp for several summers. Sophie brings her talents not only to weekly lessons but has also taught at our summer camp. She also has experience with carriage driving and vaulting! Sophie is currently studying Veterinary Technology at Mount Ida College.


Jumping is merely flatwork with obstacles!

Emma Milford



Massachusetts Licensed Trainer


Emma’s warm smile and positive teaching style graces WBF every Saturday! Trained in hunt seat equitation, Emma has competed in both IEA and IHSA hunt seat circuits and has experience teaching juniors of all ages and skill levels. In 2017 she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in International and Area Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Emma served as President of WashU’s Equestrian Team and placed 9th at IHSA Nationals for the Teresa L. McDonald Scholarship Challenge her senior year.


Hold on to what makes you happy. If it tries to buck you off just hold on tighter!

Lucy Israel



Massachusetts Licensed Trainer


Lucy has been a welcomed addition to the WBF Team. Her passion for animals, especially horses, was cultivated at a very young age. With a 10 year riding career underway, Lucy spent many years in New York training in eventing and dressage. Currently she is the captain of the University of Rhode Island dressage team, where she is studying Animal Science Pre Veterinary and working towards her bronze medal in dressage.


It is not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up. ~ Vince Lombardi

Adrianna Kerr



Massachusetts Licensed Trainer


Adrianna started riding and showing at a very young age, fortunate to have horses in her backyard! Competing as a youth in hunters, then dressage and eventing as a teen. Her passion grew, taking her to Norfolk County Agricultural High School. Adrianna is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University, where she also began her teaching career. When Adrianna  is not teaching her students or coaching at shows, she enjoys eventing her thoroughbred mare Tangerine!


Make your faith larger than your fears and your dreams larger than your doubts. - Robin Sharma

Kate Blake



Massachusetts Licensed Trainer

PATH Certified Apprentice


Kate wears many hats at WBF and we are fortunate to have her! Her love for riding started in high school and has grown from there!  Currently a student at the University of Connecticut, Kate is an Animal Science Major. Kate is apprenticing to be a PATH Certified Therapeutic Trainer under Miss Stephanie. She also runs our weekend horsemanship program, teaches beginner lessons and camp, schools horses, and aids in equine care. Needless to say, a priceless part of WBF.


Horses and children, I often think have a lot of the good sense there is in the world ~ Josephine Dermott Robinson

Linda Scruton

Horsemanship Education


Horsemanship Educator

Certified Veterinary Technician

Equine Sports Massage Therapist, ESMT


Linda is WBF’s horsemanship educator and no one loves their job more! Horse crazy from a very young age, Linda grew up not just a rider but passionate about learning  proper care for her equine friends. Linda’s initial education brought her to Norfolk County Agricultural High School and then on to receiving her Veterinary Technician Certification. After a 15 year career at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, Linda decided  to open her own equine rehabilitation farm, Idle-A -While Farm, right here in Holliston. Always commited to continuing education, Linda attended Equitouch Equine Massage School in Loveland, Co. Linda shares her knowledge with our riders by teaching them proper and SAFE ways to groom, tack, lead, handle, and care for the equines they Love!


The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

Emma Grimes

Lead Working Student


Lead Working Student


Emma joined the WBF Family as a young rider, a mere 4 yrs old, in our Tiny Trotters class. Now in high school, Emma is an accomplished rider who challenges herself daily. Emma has always poised herself as a role model for other riders, paid close attention to detail not only in her riding but with her horsemanship skills. All these qualities made her the obvious choice to lead our working student program.




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