For Alicia Saxton, starting Oceancrest Farms at the age of 24 was the culmination of years of dedication, inspiration, and hard work.
"It is my goal to follow along the path of those I admire and dedicate myself to altering the elements of this sport that I believe can be done in a better way for both horse and rider."
The goal of Oceancrest Farm's training program is to embrace an individual's needs and goals while simultaneously enhancing the training and wellbeing of each horse. For Alicia, creating a balanced program that allows a horse and rider to reach their goals while maintaining the integrity and importance of good, solid training techniques remains paramount over all other aspects.
Alysia began riding at the age of six in Toronto Canada. She committed herself to the sport at a very young age and in result was able to have a very successful Junior and Amateur carrier in both the Hunter and Equitation ring. Her hard work and dedication allowed her to show and gain experience at some of the top national and international competitions as well as multiple medal finals in both Canada and in the United States.
A few of Alysia's top accomplishments include: Capital Challenge Adult Equitation finals Champion, C.E.T Medal regional year end Champion, Ariat National Medal regional year end Champion, Amateur Owner 18-35 Hunter regional year end Champion, The Royal Winter Fair Amateur Owner hunter Reserve Champion, C.E.T Medal regional flat phase winner.
Alysia discovered her love of teaching early on when she started as a working student at the age of fifteen. Finding this new passion in a sport she already loved so much Alysia knew that working with horse and rider was what she wanted to do with her life. To continue her growth Alysia decided to make a move to the West Coast to experience something new and further her equestrian Career.
Katie was born in Katonah, New York in 1984 and moved to Westlake Village, California at age 3. A few years later, at age 6, Katie’s parents took her for riding lessons at a local farm and she immediately found her passion.
Her national accomplishments as a junior rider at Elvenstar under Jim Hagman included: USEF National Medal Finals Reserve Champion 2002; 3rd, 4th, 8th, and 11th place in the ASPCA Maclay Finals; 8th & 9th in the WIHS Equitation Finals; Reserve Champion Capital Challenge Equitation Championship, USEF National Junior Jumper Championship Harrisburg, PA Team Silver Medal and the Individual Bronze Medal. Katie was also named the 2003 Champion of the West Coast USEF Talent Search Finals.
During her freshman year of college, she competed on the North American Young Riders “A” Team in 2004 where she received team bronze and individual medals. During college, Katie began training at Karen Healey Stables where she competed in the High Amateur Owner Jumpers. In 2009, Katie took the assistant trainer position at Frontier Farms and enjoyed being part of a very successful team. Katie enjoys teaching riders the nuances of equitation and hopes to help her students reach their many goals.
In 2011, Katie returned to Elvenstar to run the national show program alongside Jim Hagman. Katie had the pleasure of working with many top horses and riders from the west to east coasts. In 2015, she took a head coaching and training position at Q of E Farms in Santa Rosa Valley, CA. After five successful years there, she decided to move south and join the Oceancrest Farms family. Katie oversees the care and management of all the horses at Oceancrest Farms in addition to riding and teaching.