• About

  • Priestfield West was designed from the outset with safety and functionality in mind.  From the full sized indoor arena to the 200ft by 150ft outdoor arena, the pastures to the stalls, the staff to the trainers, the facilities and services at Priestfield West aim to fulfill all the training requirements for both horse and rider wishing to specialize in dressage, stadium jumping and combined training.

  • Priestfield West Stables has been under the caring expertise of our farm manager and assistant trainer Natalie Garcia since 2011. 

    Natalie fell in love with horses at the age of 11 when she began taking lessons under the tutelage of Leah Allert of the Paddock School of Horsemanship. In high school, Natalie taught beginner lessons and riding camps, in addition to doing farm chores and caring for the horses at the Paddock. 

    Following her passion after graduation, Natalie attended Colorado State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Equine Science, with a minor in Business Administration.  The Equine program at CSU offered Natalie an educational focus on the pre-vet side of horse care, including classes in equine anatomy, reproduction, nutrition and disease management. Never far from the stables, she exercised horses for the CSU Polo Club and worked for a local dressage trainer doing chores and exercising horses throughout college. Natalie interned at KESMARC Florida (Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center) and within that internship, started taking dressage lessons and assisting in starting young horses. 

    Upon graduation from CSU, Natalie studied as a working student for several months at the American Academy of Equine Sciences in Leesburg, VA. Upon returning home to Rochester, she started working at Priestfield West. She was then offered a working student position with BHS certified trainer, Katherine Minter Dykhouse. 

    For the past six years, she has been the assistant trainer and farm manager at PFW starting horses, teaching lessons, training and showing. Natalie brings a keen knack of knowing and honoring the individuality of each horse at Priestfield West Stables, caring for them with confidence and patience. Simply put, Natalie “gets” horses, and they love her for it!

  • Love means attention, which means looking after the things we love. We call this stable management. ~George H. Morris, The American Jumping Style