Nancy Hey - Founder

Nancy got her first taste of riding at the age of 4 at the Griffith Park pony rides. Throughout her youth she spent as much time as she could taking English riding lessons at the Griffith Park stables. During the summers she helped with the pack trains at the Big Pine Glacier lodge pack station. Despite years of riding it wasn’t until Nancy was out of college that she was able to buy her first horse Galley. Needing guidance, Nancy took her young gelding to eventing trainer Mary O’Rourke to learn dressage and jumping. In 1971 Nancy and her husband Randy relocated to Northern California and she began to board at the Stanford Red Barn.

There she continued her hunter jumper training with Jack Melville, Larry Larson and Lucy Wharton. In 1976 Nancy began a more intensive regimen of Dressage training with 3 time Olympic rider Sandy Howard, Olympic coach Melle Van Brugen, and Anders Lindgren among others. Nancy has competed in FEI level Prix St. George and Intermediate I. Nancy earned BA degrees in Psychology, Speech and Drama, and a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Redlands. She spent 12 years working as a speech pathologist before teaching riding.

Erin Peterson - Assistant Trainer

Erin‘s love for horses and her commitment to Strideaway Farms runs deep. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, class of 2012, Erin worked briefly at a PR firm in New York before returning to her roots in Northern California. She took her first riding lessons with Strideaway Farms at the age of six, grew up competing in the Pony and Children’s Hunter divisions at shows all around the state and during her college years continued to show during the summers. For Erin, one of the most rewarding aspects of her work is turning young, inexperienced horses into successful show horses.