We are very proud of the incredible group of well-rounded trainers at our farm. We pride ourselves on finding amazing trainers with the same core values and beliefs when it comes to horsemanship and sportsmanship. We want our kids to learn all aspects of horseback riding, which includes so much more than just time in the saddle. We value our animals, and love them dearly, and strive to instill the sense of responsibility for these amazing creatures in our students. We believe working with horses develops and strengthens life skills such as responsibility, discipline, leadership, focus, team work, confidence, physical exercise, respect, loyalty, friendship and fun. We expect our students to be good horsemen and sportsmen on and off of their horses. These trainers have decades of experience under their belts in so many areas, and the combination is hard to beat. Here’s a brief biography on each of our trainers:
Deana Hunter began teaching at Cameron Oaks in 2010. She is a life-long horsewoman who began riding at the age of two and got her first pony at age ten. She became very active in the Cahaba Pony Club and competed in both combined training events and rallies, achieving her “A” rating in 1985. She has been exposed to a variety of American and European trainers studying diverse programs including dressage, free-lunging, vaulting, driving methods, ground work, gymnastics, and stable management. Deana continued to show Hunter Jumpers, competing in the children’s, small junior, and jumper divisions, and foxhunting in the off season. Her main focus is the basics and fundamental of hunter seat riding and her program is based on providing a safe and enjoyable environment with horses for children and adults. She lives in Indian Springs with her husband, David and her children Alexandra and Matthew and their horses, donkey, dog, and cats.
Pam Carroll joined COF in 2014. She rode both at the amateur and professional level for more than 30 years. Pam’s love of horses and competition led her to Middle Tennessee State University, where she rode for MTSU’s Equestrian Team, leading the team to success and riding for several High Point Rider awards in the Open Division. While studying in MTSU’s nationally recognized Horse Science program, she also expanded her knowledge by participating in Western classes with the American Quarter Horse Association to complement her command of English riding. Before joining COF, Pam ran a successful lesson program and coached an Interscholastic Equestrian team, sending students across the country to compete in national level competitions. She has an expert understanding and love of advanced equitation and competitive application. Pam and her husband Chris live in Indian Springs and proudly cheer for University of West Alabama Soccer, where their sons Stephen and Patrick play.