Five Oak Farms offers training and lessons for riders of all levels, from beginners to those competing in the Grand Prix ring. Our training philosophy reflects our commitment to treat riding as a constant learning experience that should be shaped by input from multiple perspectives and disciplines. Our trainers believe the greatest rewards—for horses and riders alike—come from a program anchored in education and athleticism, rather than the pursuit of short-term results. Trainer Sarah Ballou is a highly accomplished rider and teacher whose credentials include developing horses currently competing in international Grands Prix. Sarah has worked with some of the best-known luminaries in our sport, including Rich Fellers, Eddie Macken, Gene Lewis, Mandy Porter and Craig Starr. These and other mentors have helped her achieve success in the U.S. Grands Prix and in 1.50m competition at Spruce Meadows with such horses as Shannondale Truman, Spanish Parade, Absie, and Querelle de Champs du Leyde. Sarah has guided students to show championships at all levels, from short stirrup to the high amateur jumpers. She is driven by a desire to improve her education and skill both as a rider and trainer, and wants her students and horses to feel the same way, always looking to grow and develop. Sarah is widely respected for her ability to produce young jumpers with an eye for the Grand Prix ring.
Like Sarah, Audrie Kerr believes passionately in continually developing her expertise as a rider and trainer. Her talents have been enriched by a diverse equine background that includes experience in breeding and foaling, working on a cattle ranch, managing a top hunter/jumper barn, and running lesson programs at two facilities before moving to Five Oak Farms in 2011. She has ridden with top clinicians such as former U.S. Chef d'Equipe George Morris, Karen Healey, Jim Wofford, and Buck Brannaman. Audrie also spent three years as Patty Ball's assistant at Hunterville, where she taught lessons, rode clients' horses, rode and coached students at shows and medal finals, and managed all aspects of the 25-stall boarding operation. Audrie's training approach values integrity and good sportsmanship and offers clients a relaxed, friendly approach with a competitive edge.