Meet The Staff

Michele Koury

Valley Ridge Farm, Inc is the fulfillment of Michele's life long dream. Michele rode for 10 years at the renowned New Canaan Mounted Troop in New Canaan, CT. During that time she also rode with the late Victor Hugo-Vidal and Ronnie Mutch. While at NCMT she became the highest ranking officer. Michele not only learned to ride but also to teach, organize horse shows, and manage a barn Upon graduating from NCMT, Michele went on to Franklin College and graduated with a degree in Sociology. After college, she went to work for the late Wayne and Frank Carroll of Elmwood Farm in New York. Michele and her husband, Kevin, moved to West Virginia in 1976 and in 1980 they started Valley Ridge Farm, Inc.


Michele founded the West Virginia University Equestrian team in 1984 and coached the team until 2009. Michele took the team to numerous regional championships and zone reserve championships. In 2008, the WVU team qualified to attend nationals in Los Angeles, California where they placed tenth in the nation and had a rider win Reserve Champion. Michele was the Regional President for the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) for 8 years and sat on the National Board of Directors. Michele's many other accomplishments include: training numerous A-circuit champion rider and horses and multiple local, zone, national, and PHA high scoring awards and championship awards.


Michele has been a leader in the West Virginia horse industry creating such organizations as the Northern West Virginia Hunter Jumper Association, The Mountaineer Hunter Jumper Association, and the Monongalia Riding for the Handicapped Association. She presently sits on the Board of Directors of the Mylan Park and Event Center.


Michele's successes can be attributed to the fact that she always strives for excellence in her students, horses, and her own training skills. Michele continues to compete on the A circuit placing in Grand Prix's as well as the Woriking Hunter divisions. Michele also enjoys training and bring along young horses to show and sell.She is always honing her skill by attending clinics and work with other trianers. Michele is a frequent participant at the George Morris clinics.


Valley Ridge Farm is a place where you not only learn to ride and care for your horses but also gain self-discipline and respect for others and their horses.

Liz Vidulich

Instructor

Liz is one of Valley Ridge Farm's Assistant Instructors as well as a veterinary technician at a local animal hospital. Liz has been with Valley Ridge since 2003 when she started taking riding lessons. Liz has many years of experience riding, training, teaching, and showing. She likes to share her knowledge and skills in a way that makes it fun to learn. Her favorite exercises are working without stirrups and ground pole patterns.

Jennifer Allison Grooms

Jennifer Allison Grooms, a native of Morgantown, started riding with Michele Koury at age 9. She became a working student and earned her riding time by learning how to care for the horses and groom at horse shows. Jennifer attended WVU and was on the equestrian team for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State University where she graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Animal Science and Equine Management. Throughout her career, she has worked at a race track facility, started and sold yearlings, and taught riding lessons. After moving back to Morgantown in 2009 she managed a 60 stall horse barn where she started yearlings, trained, and sold them in addition to teaching lessons from beginners to advanced riders. In 2013 she became a veterinary technician and currently works at Hillcrest Veterinary Clinic. Jennifer is thrilled to be back in her home town horse community and is looking forward to meeting and teaching the young riders at Valley Ridge Farm. 

Robin Jenkins

Barn Manager

Robin’s love of horses started at a very young age, which has led to many years of experience. Owning her first pony “Smoky” as a child, to breaking horses as a teenager, owning her own farm with a primary focus on horses, and showing Belgians at county fairs. Robin also has experience working with race horses as a vet technician while employed at a large animal veterinarian clinic giving her invaluable equine knowledge. While now retired from the “farm life”, she has found the perfect opportunity working at Valley Ridge Farm to continue feeding her love for being around horses. During her free time, Robin enjoys participating in Civil War Reenactments with her grandson, nephew, and sister,
spending time with her husband, being outdoors, and painting.

Valley Ridge Farm, Inc.

1901 Cales Rd.,

Masontown, WV 26542

Phone. 3048642267

Email. Valleyr@frontiernet.net

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