Cortland grew up in Hunt Country Virginia. Her mother, an accomplished equestrian herself, started Cortland showing in walk-trot classes on her Open Jumper at the age of four on the West Coast. Taking to horses quickly, she spent the rest of her childhood on the East Coast H/J circuits, came up through the Pony Hunter divisions and Equitation classes, did Vaulting on the national level, and then moved over to Eventing in her teens. Cortland is an ARIA Certified Level III Hunt Seat & Show Jumping Instructor (Beginner thru Advanced – 4’6) Her vision to create a team ethos within the context of an “individual” sport has been realized here at Cornerstone as she works to develop great riding & strength of character in her riders.
Mckayla began winning year-end championships with local USHJA affiliates riding Short Stirrup as a 7-year old on her pony, My Boy Romeo. Gathering year-end championships every season, she moved on to teaching in our Beginner Riding Program in 2016 and served as Co-Captain of the Cornerstone Farms Show Team starting in 2015. She has won the prestigious MOHJO and MHSA High Point Hunter Horse/Pony of the Year as well as the High Point Equitation Rider of the Year with both organizations. She’s taken numerous ponies and horses to year-end championships over her Junior career, and teaches students from the ground up. As a rider who has always prepped, groomed and shown on her own, she is able to teach new students everything they need to learn the sport. She currently shows her sister’s 17.3 hh Hunter horse “Charming” and nabbed the year-end Championship in their division last year. Students love her cheerfulness, patience and seemingly endless supply of smiles. Parents love her ability to transfer knowledge through simple, progressive exercises, attention to detail and safety, and the positive attitude she brings to her teaching environment.
David has a full time job in leadership development & collegiate ministry but offices from the Farm, where he can be found managing the books, taking care of horses and mucking stalls. As a bonafide “horse husband and show dad” he has long supported his wife (and now his kiddos) in their love of equestrian sports. David is also the director of Bridge the Divide, and our other charitable works. It is his desire to help make Cornerstone Farms a place for people to gather together and experience community. David has a Masters degree in Theology and infuses practical spirituality into the everyday work of the farm.