Sharon Matecki is a very important member of the Knightsbridge Team. In her role as Office Manager, she keeps the barn running efficiently and works with all of our customers daily. Sharon has been with Mary for many years and kept her wonderful horse, Angel, at Knightsbridge, too. If you need anything at Knightsbridge, Sharon is the one to see!
Julia Hogan began riding at a very young age. She has worked with many great trainers including, Frank Hernandez, Nona Garson, Amanda Flint, and Carol Thompson, to name a few. Julia has also worked in many different aspects of the horse industry, working with racehorses and event horses, as well as hunters and jumpers.
Julia has earned her Bachelor's of Science in Business Management from Bridgewater College. While attending school, she rode on the IHSA team under Coach Sarah Irvine.
Julia joined the staff at Knightsbridge Farm in 2007 and in 2009 became the Road Manager.
Sarah Baumgaertner has been riding all her life. Her parents put her on her first horse bareback at the age of 3, while she was wearing Keds, a skirt, and a Peacoat! Sarah has worked with Vic Goines, Joan Rost, Sharon Cole, and Carol and Willard Thompson.
Sarah is a USHJA certified trainer since 2011. She worked with Carol Thompson for many years, and has been working with Mary Babick since 2000. Sarah has trained many students and enjoys taking them to local shows in New Jersey.
"I believe that riding should be a lifetime pursuit that teaches horsemanship and sportsmanship along with a large measure of compassion for our equine partners. With those skills, I believe that my students are ready to achieve their life goals and are able to field any wild pitches that life throws at them."
Mary, Sarah and Julia have been working together for many years to train riders of all levels. They work hard to instill not only exceptional riding technique through imaginative and challenging lessons, but also horsemanship and stable management skills that create well balanced, knowledgeable riders. Sharon is at the center of the Knightsbridge Family, managing the office, scheduling lessons, and making sure all of Knightsbridge's customers have everything they need.
Mary Babick has been riding all her life and turned Professional in 1978. She received her BHSAI from Crabbot Park. Throughout her career, she has had the privilege of working and training with some great people, including Pam Goodrich, Ginna Lacroix, Leo Conroy, Mike Henagan, Carol Thompson, and Gary Kunsman...just to name a few.
Mary has trained many riders from the very beginning to the top levels of competition. Her expertise has not only benefited many riders, but the horses and ponies she has trained as well.
In 2010, Mary became a USHJA Certified Trainer. She takes her students to shows up and down the east coast, with many of them qualifying for year-end finals and other top shows.