Sarah aboard Yes Indeed at the Chicago Hunter Derby
Sarah Mechlin is the Owner and Head Trainer. Sarah is one of the top young trainers in America, and brings world-class skills and
experience to local horse lovers of all kinds, those who simply wish to
learn to ride and care for horses, those who wish to compete locally, and
those who wish to compete at a national or international level. Mechlin Farm has developed a tremendous reputation in the Equestrian world in only a short amount of time.
Sarah grew up riding in the St. Louis area, earning numerous
awards as a junior rider, including the United States Hunter Jumper
Association's Sportsmanship Award. After she became a professional, the
accolades continued. In 2010, Sarah received the Midwest Emerging
Professional Award—World Champion Hunter Rider. This was followed in 2011 by a
number of achievements. She has won Hunter Derby's at the Gulf
Coast Winter Classic, Country Heir, and Horse Shows on the Bay, and placed 13th at the Hunter
Derby National Finals.
In 2015, Sarah was the Winter Equestrian Festival Circuit Hunter Grand Champion, Professionally Ridden Hunter Horse Champion and Reserve Champion, Professional Hunter Rider Champion, Professional Jumper Rider Champion, Professionally Ridden Jumper Horse Champion and Reserve Champion!
She has trained the winner of the Small Pony Hunters
at Devon. She was named the High Score Emerging Professional at
the Winter Equestrian Festival Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular.
Sarah is focused on providing a positive learning experience for each horse and rider with whom she works. Winning is great, and no one has any more desire to have her riders show well than Sarah. However she believes that at the end of every trip riding should be about smiles not tears! Since she is up in the saddle showing and riding everyday, she has a great empathy for what the riders are experiencing and a understanding of how to best help them.
Sarah has worked with and observed many top professional riders and trainers, and continues to have working relationships with many of the best in America. Recently she said "I know I am good, but I don't want to be good, I want to be great. In order to do that I have to strive every single day to learn from the best teachers I can find and to pass on what I learn to others in turn."
Sarah leads by example, demonstrating the hard work and persistence that have made her a local and national champion. Her staff are closely supervised by Sarah and always reflect her values and work ethic.
Dressage Professional - Tiffany Stageman
Tiffany Stageman grew up in the St. Louis area showing throughout the Midwest and Ocala, Florida in her chosen discipline of dressage and dressage equitation. As a junior rider, Tiffany garnered numerous state and regional awards as she moved up the levels with her young horse. 2008 and 2009 brought her United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Performance Awards. In 2010, she finished among the top 20 Junior/Young riders in the country and in 2011, she earned a United States Dressage Federation Sportsmanship Award for sportsmanship excellence demonstrated both in and out of the show ring. Upon graduating high school, she chose to attend Kansas State University, where she rode for the school’s Intercollegiate Equestrian Team in hunt seat equitation on the flat, earning many awards, including High Point Rider championships. She also then began her professional career by working for a 60-horse hunter jumper farm in Kansas. In 2013, Tiffany earned her USDF Bronze Medal aboard her Dutch horse, Valdemar. Currently, she is working towards achieving the last score needed to become a USDF Silver Medalist.
As the dressage instructor at Mechlin Farm, she is committed to developing the foundation of all of the horses’ and riders’ flatwork skills. Improving the flatwork in the horses allows for performances in jumping classes to improve significantly. Additionally, she coaches the riders on how their equitation can either help or hinder their horse’s quality of movement and how to improve it every step of the way. She particularly enjoys watching the training program have all the pieces come together between the flatwork and jumping and seeing riders reach their goals.