Our Trainers

The Jumper Ring has five trainers who work closely together to ensure that each horse and rider are on track to meet all of their goals. Our trainers have diverse backgrounds and an extensive amount of knowledge. Come ride with us and see for yourself!

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Sara Ring

Sara Ring, founder, and owner is making leaps and bounds in growing this business as a sought-after trainer and rider. This success has come from much hard work and support from not only her family, which includes her husband, Eric, son, Austin and dogs, Gunner and Duke, but the community as well. Eric spends his days at work and evenings as the farm handyman. Sara has passed her passion onto her son, Austin, who has already begun his days of horse showing.       

 

Sara was raised in the Ohio horse industry and has continued to grow her business where it all began.  She was lucky enough to begin her passion at an early age, as she was riding before she was walking and entering the show ring for her debut lead line class by the age of 2.  This ability and support from her family developed her dreams of a career with horses while still very young.  Sara began riding reining horses and quickly moved to the world of jumping. At that point, she began successfully teaching, training and showing in hunters, jumpers and eventing.  This vast experience has made her into the true horsewoman she is today.  Sara rides and shows all training horses, instructs students and coaches while at horse shows.   She is also very active campaigning sale horses throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois.  Her passion lies in the growth and success of not only her training horses, but also her students. Sara’s superior work ethic is evident by her commitment to achieve and excel at every goal set for herself.

While not in the saddle, Sara is the owner and operator of Sara Ray's Studio, and can be found spending time with her family camping or skiing.

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Jamie Zoldan

Jamie has been a part of The Jumper Ring from the beginning and developed into an integral part of the team. Jamie, also an Ohio native has been involved in the horse world for years. Prior to her time with The Jumper Ring, she spent time in the Thoroughbred Racing industry. Jamie enjoyed her time with the Thoroughbreds because of their big hearts and their desire to please their people.

 

Jamie is vital in training horses, coaching at shows, and teaching lessons on the farm. Her favorite part of teaching is watching her students finally grasp a difficult concept and apply it to their riding. She loves sharing her passion with others and watching the students grow as riders.

Jamie owns one KWPN Warmblood Gelding, known around the barn as "Ted." Ted is a gentle giant and one of the most eye-catching horses in the barn due to his size, and gentle eye. Jamie and Ted enjoy traveling with the team to the larger shows that we attend.

 

While not at the farm, Jamie is keeping up with her four children and husband, Dusty.  

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Veronica Llewellyn

Veronica began riding horses at the age of 10 and has an extensive show record in the Morgan Horse world, including 4 trips to the Grand National and World Championship Horse Show held in Oklahoma City. Veronica is well-versed in Dressage and Hunters, spending most of her younger show days on the Morgan Horse Circut. She began to dabble in the Jumpers five years ago and found her passion there.

 

Veronica came to the Jumper Ring three years ago in hopes of becoming a more well-rounded and educated rider. In 2020 Veronica came on as a full-time trainer here at the Jumper Ring. Her fearless nature is an asset to her riding career and she can be found in the Hunter ring schooling client's horses, or the Jumper ring with her newly imported Holsteiner. Rebel, her 22-year-old Morgan (who went to World's with her) is a trusted lesson horse and barn favorite in our program. 

When Veronica isn't in the barn, she enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dogs, and going for motorcycle rides with her boyfriend, Tim.

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Shannon Fisher

Shannon spent her younger years at her grandparent's Standardbred breeding farm in Plain Township, dreaming of one day being a part of the Show Jumping world. She credits much of her basic horsemanship knowledge to her grandfather, Bob. When she was 8 years old, her parents enrolled her in a lesson program at a local camp. There she found her love of jumping and began to grow as a rider. When she got her first horse at the age of 14, she began taking lessons with Sara- little did she know what the future had in store for them. As she got older, she took a short hiatus from the horse world to pursue a degree in Communication Studies and Marketing. Quickly after graduation, Shannon realized her heart was truly set on the horse world, and from there, she created her own lesson and training program. After working closing with Sara for three years, they decided to combine their programs into one.

Shannon owns two, very talented, chestnut geldings. Teddy and Gambit have both captured the hearts of many. Teddy and Shannon spend their show days in the Jumper ring, and Gambit spends his days teaching his leaser the ins and outs of the show world.

When not in the barn, Shannon can be found spending time with her husband, JP and their dogs, Nala and Yeti. She enjoys reading, writing, and photography.

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Deanna Ailes

Deanna's equestrian career began when she found a YMCA Camp Tippecanoe brochure in her parent’s trash can. She saw the words “own your own horse for a week” and was hooked. That began a lifelong journey into learning how to ride, teach and become part of a team. She attended Camp Tippecanoe as a camper until the age of 17, when she then began working at the camp. Throughout the years, she became certified through CHA to teach and to run overnight pack trips throughout the Appalachian foothills. She spent 2 summers as the Director of the girl’s riding camp. Many years after that were spent teaching lessons, guiding/ organizing overnight pack trips with the horses, and assisting with programs. She has been on the Equine Board for the Camp for the past 6 years and continues to help with the programs yearly. After being the Director of the girl’s program, she moved to Long Island NY, where she trained and showed in Hunter/ Jumper programs.

Deanna made the move to the Jumper Ring alongside Shannon and their clients after three years of teaching with Shannon. Deanna has found a sweet spot for teaching our beginner riders the basics, but don't let her calm, patient nature fool you- she can give a tricky, no-stirrup lesson to our more advanced riders any day!

When Deanna isn't teaching lessons or working her full-time job as an EMT at Mercy Hospital, she also enjoys spending time with her family and dogs.