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About Brigitte Franco

Selecting, raising and breaking young horses is probably the most rewarding aspect of  my "horse life".  I grew up learning from and most influenced by Connie Bienvenue, a successful hunter, equitation and jumper rider. She had ridden with the highly recognized trainers such as George Morris, Paul Valiere, Mark Junger, and Linda Kossick-Langmeier.  I studied her training ringside for hours on end and rode under her tutelage until a back fracture ended her career of  horses.   


I continued my equitation training while riding for Boston University's intercollegiate team. I spent my summers showing on the A circuit and helping to break the babies who were born on the farm.  We raised warmbloods, thoroughbreds, and crossbreds. At 20, I purchased my first German Hanoverian weanling to raise and train on my own. We debuted at NEDA's breeder classic and took home the Championship, which qualified us for the North American Breeder's Classic at the prestigious Dressage at Devon. I was discouraged by all (trainers & local judges) to enter due to my height (or lack thereof) to present a horse at such a renowned competition. I packed my bags, my Dane, my horse, Feininger, and headed down to Devon, PA alone. I'll never forget leaving the in gate with tears (of joy) running down my face.  We finished pinning 10th out of 43 horses.

After college, I began buying and retraining thoroughbreds from the race track for hunters, jumpers, eventing, polo, and dressage. While training a few racehorses for Pony Express' Polo Team, I met my wonderful husband, Jose. We married a year later and began building Fox Hill Farm's business together.  In 2002, Jose sustained a blinding injury of his right eye an exhibition game. After a year of rehabilitation. Jose decided to return to his family roots of shoeing and headed down to Maryland for Mint Valley Forge's Farrier School. I am blessed to be able to share my passion for animals with Jose and our son, Scotty, pictured on the right with his first show pony, Chico.

My thirst to learn lead me down a path of trainers from many disciplines, all of which I have learned from. My personal favorite is Jerry Kenney. as he possesses a supernatural ability to train & teach combined with incomparable integrity, humility, and generosity.

Through listening, watching, experiencing and experimenting, I have taken with me as many training methods as I have left behind. Although I remain a "ring side analyst", I now depend on my own methods for breaking, constantly modifying my approach to meet the needs of each horse. The joy for me in teaching is learning, revisiting the commonalities as well as discovering the differences between each equine.  Every horse is a new student offering a new challenge, a new adventure, and continued learning that I am honored to be a part of.

Brigitte's Breaking and Training in 6 simple steps for Hunter/Jumper-Equitation-Dressage-Eventing-Foxhunting

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