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Amelia McArdle Returns to Old Barrington Farm as Head Trainer

Written by: Alexandra Lynch
Client: The McArdle Family
Release Date: 2014-07-08

Barrington, IL – July 8, 2014 – Amelia McArdle has returned to Old Barrington Farm in Illinois to continue her riding career and start her own equestrian training program.  McArdle is an accomplished rider who earned top national honors in the jumpers, hunters, and equitation throughout her junior and amateur career.  She took full advantage of the opportunities she had to ride with some of the most elite trainers in the United States today, including Katie Monahan-Prudent, Chris and Katie Kappler, and George Morris.

“I’ve always had the goal of becoming a professional but I wanted to first attend college because there are a lot of valuable skills you can take from the experience,” McArdle said. “Going to school near home was great because I was able to rideevery dayand continue my training.”

A graduate of Lake Forest College cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Business, 24-year-old Amelia continued to compete in Wellington and Spruce Meadows throughout her college years, apprenticed with Katie Prudent in Europe, and, after graduating, assisted Sloan Coles in establishing Sloane’s training program in Virginia. 

“Katie Prudent has given me a good idea of how I would like my barn to run. The atmosphere is very competitive, but it is also fun,” McArdle described. “Katie has shown me many great exercises that I plan to use with my students.  Working with Sloane Coles has also helped me a lot because I was able to see what it was like to start a business from scratch."

Having just returned to Old Barrington Farm at the end of a successful Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington this April, McArdle continues to compete now as a professional. McArdle currently trains five junior riders who have been competing in the children’s jumpers, junior, children’s and pony hunters, and equitation medals.  Even in their first few shows training with McArdle, her students began to make names for themselves.  At the Showplace Spring Classic, one of her students won a blue ribbon in her first-ever jumper class, riding McArdle’s horse, Nicholas.  McArdle then went on to a 10th place finish with Nicholas in the Spring Spectacular Sunday Grand Prix.

Also at the Showplace Spring Spectacular series, another of McArdle’s students garnered top ribbons in her first show with a hunter selected by McArdle just for that student.  McArdle won the 7/8 year-old class with a horse that she selected in Europe, the up-and-coming Seniorita.  Working with a new young pony, another of McArdle’s students was Champion at the Spring Spectacular.  Two of McArdle’s other students tested and placed 1st and 2nd in the IHJA Children’s Medal.  At the end of a typical show day, the riders and their families gathered together with McArdle’s Australian Shepherd mascot, Nugget, just to celebrate the fun of a horse show.

In addition to having extensive knowledge of the sport, McArdle has a beautiful facility as her home base. Old Barrington Farm, located in Barrington, IL, is a state-of-the-art 60-acre equestrian center that is built for the comfort, safety and training of both the horse and the rider.

“Our facility is great to work out of because it has an outdoor jumping field, an indoor and outdoor ring and plenty of turnout,” McArdle said.  “The horses are never bored because we always keep things interesting for them.”

For more information on Old Barrington Farm please visit

Highlights from Amelia’s Junior/Amateur riding career:


  • Grand Champion in the Junior Hunters at Devon and Washington
  • Champion in the Junior Hunters at Harrisburg
  • First Place in the Legacy Cup


  • First Place in the IHJA Junior Medal
  • First Place in the Regional Maclay Finals
  • Fifth Place in the USEF Hunter Seat Equitation Medal National Finals in Harrisburg


  • Ribbons in multiple Grand Prix, including Wellington, Kentucky, & Lamplight
  • Champion, High Amateur/Owner Jumpers, Devon
  • Competed in Prix des States and Young Riders teams as a junior
  • Multiple wins, Spruce Meadows Horse Show, Calgary, Alberta, CA


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