Autumn Hill Stables is a cutting-edge facility that can go the distance to help each student achieve their goals. We are a full service boarding and training facility in the heart of South Carolina. Our mission is to provide top quality care along with personalized training to produce the next generation of top athletes. We have a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility ready to meet your needs! Throughout the year, we attend multiple local through rated 'AA' shows, allowing rider multiple opportunities to compete and have fun! Whether you are a serious competitor, or just learning to ride for the first time, Autumn Hill is here for you!
About Autumn Hill
From a young age, Deanna Pratt has always wanted to work with horses. She began riding at the age of 3, with formal lessons starting at 5 at Lucky C Stables under the instruction of Susan and Gary Clark. When she was 8 years old, Deanna started competing at local shows throughout the Hudson Valley. As she grew older she began showing in more shows ranging from local shows to multiple 'AA' rated shows.
She qualified for many finals as a junior including Marshal and Sterling Finals for both Equitation and Hunter, CHJA Medal Finals, FWPHA Medal Finals, and WHVPHA Medal Finals. In 2008, Deanna won the Local Hunter Classic, now known as the HITS 2'6 Hunter, at Marshal and Sterling Finals aboard Stay Gold. In 2012, she won the WHVPHA Child/Adult 3' Medal Finals aboard Sky.
In the fall of 2012, Deanna started at Centenary College, now Centenary University, where she continued to develop her knowledge of horses and became a member of the IHSA team and Hunter/Jumper team. Deanna qualified for IHSA Nationals in the Novice Equitation over Fences and Novice Equitation on the Flat. At IHSA Nationals, Deanna won the Novice Equitation over fences aboard Miami Ohio's 'Butterfly'.
She graduated Centenary with a B.S. in Equine Studies, concentrating in Riding Instruction and Training the Horse in 2015 and then went on to Florida as an Assistant Trainer at Waters Edge Stables under Waddy Oursler and competed on the Florida circuit. In 2016, Deanna took the head trainer position at Ivy Rock Farms in New Windsor, NY where she developed their training program and brought clients to horse shows in the Hudson Valley. In Spring of 2017, Deanna decided to venture out on her own and open Autumn Hill Stables where she can use her knowledge and experience to work with the next generation of athletes.
Between her time at Centenary and her experience in the industry, Deanna has the skills to help you or your rider achieve your or their dreams! She has experience working with green and problem horses and the ability to see through a horse antics and see their potential. She has worked with multiple problem horses including ones with attitudes and spooking problems to help them become rideable by anyone and able to be used in lesson programs and at horse shows. Deanna can see potential in horses that others have written off and has the patience and determination to discover a way to help them shine.
Deanna's goal is to help each rider achieve their dreams, no matter how big or small they might be.
Molly started riding as an 8-year-old in the Chicago suburbs, and over the past 18 years has ridden in a variety of places around the world. Some of her favorite places to ride haven been Ireland, Scotland, and Germany. She has been working with difficult horses and green babies since she was 14. Molly took a little hiatus from constant riding when she completed her BA in Canada at McGill University, and then returned directly to the show ring for a year before moving to Scotland to complete her MLitt. While in Scotland, Molly had the opportunity to work with a young, green warmblood mare, thereby solidifying her love of training and riding the babies. Molly came back to the US, acquired a horse, and has since competed up to the 3’3” Performance Hunters with her mare, Kije’s Fancy. She is now training with Fancy and Deanna to prepare for National and International derbies.
Molly loves to teach and takes pleasure in passing along her passion for and knowledge of horses to everyone she encounters in and out of the arena. For Molly, there is nothing more important than a strong foundation upon which to build the many skills necessary to succeed in the equestrian world. Molly is happy to work with all levels of riders and likes to make her lessons fun and interesting. It is her goal to help her riders achieve their goals. In her spare time, she can often be found watching old riding clinics on YouTube for helpful exercises and to learn as much as she can.