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.
Moriah began winning year-end championships with local USHJA affiliates riding Short Stirrup as a 7-year old. She moved on to teaching in our Beginner Riding Program in 2014 and has been the Captain of the Cornerstone Farms Show Team since 2013. That same year she was nominated by the Missouri Hunter Jumper Organization (MOHJO) as the Junior Sportsman of the Year and was also recognized by the USHJA at their National Convention. She won the prestigious MHSA Hunt Seat Equitation Medallion two years in a row (2011 & 2012): this perpetual trophy has been awarded to the top Junior rider in St. Louis every year since 1983. She won the MOHJO High Point Equitation Championship in 2011 and the MHSA Hunter Derby Championship in 2013. She’s taken numerous horses to year-end championships over her Junior career, has shown for many of the top trainers in St. Louis, and now works in tandem with Cortland in training the horses here at Cornerstone. She teaches students from the ground up, and 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 trained her 17.3 hh Hunter horse “Charming” on her own and most recently rode “Typo” to the High Point Jumper Horse of the Year with MOHJO in 2014 for his owners.
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.