Our instructors are professional, well-trained, and have years of experience both teaching and competing in the horse world. Our instructors all share a passion for teaching and desire to share their love of horses with others.


Helen Bouscaren

Owner & Head Trainer

Head Trainer Helen Bouscaren has a strong background in eventing, dressage and Pony Club. Helen achieved her B rating in Pony Club in 2008, and competed at Galway Downs International Event at the one-star level in 2011 and two-star level in 2012. She and her horse “Ben” reached the Advanced level in April of 2013 and the three-star level in the fall of 2013. Helen has goals of reaching the four-star level at the Rolex Kentucky three-day event and in the meantime has been selected to participate in the Developing Riders Under 25 program under the guidance of U.S. Olympic Team coach David O’Connor and Olympic gold medalist Leslie Law. Having been an active member in both Pony Club and Young Riders, she believes riding and competing to be a team process and encourages all students to work at the barn with the horses to learn more about horsemanship. Students love Helen’s relaxed, yet encouraging style and learn to improve skills in their riding in a fun and productive way.

Golly T. Martin

Business Manager

Golly comes to us from the East Coast, where she has worked extensively with horse businesses of all kinds in Virginia, as well as in Ocala, Florida where she was a working student for British Olympic Gold Medalist Leslie Law and his wife Canadian rider Lesley Grant-Law. Upon moving to the more forgiving climate of the West Coast, she linked up with James & Helen through their shared connection with the Laws. Golly has top level business management experience in and out of the horse world, and she is happy to bring her skills to the table to promote a high quality experience for all of our Alliston Equestrian clients.

Shannon Harger

Riding Instructor

Shannon started riding at the age of 7 and got into eventing at 14. She and her horse “Real Bubbles” competed through the Preliminary level, and Shannon is currently showing “King of Hearts” through the ropes of eventing. In the future, Shannon hopes to be competing in the upper levels while continuing to bring young horses into the sport. While teaching, Shannon looks to build strong position in her students so that they can confidently develop new skills. It is very important to her that each child is given a chance to learn and succeed in their own way.

Ashley Aguado

Riding Instructor

Ashley has been training with us for 6 years. She has successfully produced 2 young horses for eventing, competing on them up the ranks at shows around the country. She has a positive attitude, and is a great role model for any aspiring rider. Her students love her comforting demeanor, and have lots of fun while learning about riding and horse care!

Sophie Tice

Riding Instructor

Sophie has been riding since she was nine years old and training with James and Helen for about six years. She currently rides and competes James’ horse “Mojo” at the Intermediate/ two-star level and has a background in the Pony Club program. While training with James and Helen, she had been selected to participate in the Developing Riders under 18 program to train additionally with Olympic gold medalist, Leslie Law. She was most recently selected to be on the Area VI (California and Hawaii) team to compete at North American Youth Championships in Montana. Sophie has many goals that she aspires to achieve within the sport of eventing including competing at the four-star level and representing the U.S. in the Olympics. Sophie is a supportive trainer who encourages her students to reach for their own goals and have fun!

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