WHO WE ARE
Rachel began riding at the age of three outside of Philadelphia at Jack Trainor’s Here and There Farm. As a junior rider, Rachel showed horses for a number of Trainor’s clients and other professionals. Later working professionally for the operation, she rode to eight AHSA Horse of the Year Titles, along with numerous State Titles on memorable horses like Classic, Chocolat and Bittersweet. In 1995, Rachel moved to Maryland and started her own business, ESP Farm.
Rachel has trained and shown numerous horses to championships on the USEF “AA” Circuit at shows such as the Capital Challenge, Devon, Ocala, Washington International, Upperville, Vermont Summer Festival, and Fairfield.
Rachel notably rode Ebony to the win in the Swan Lake Stables USHJA $10,000.00 Hunter Derby. In 2009, the pair finished 12th Overall in the $100,000 USHJA Hunter Derby Finals.
Rachel has coached students to championships across the country, from Amateur-Owner tricolors to grand prix victories and everything in between. She trained Rocky W and Kaitlin Campbell to the win in the $75,000 Upperville Classic, as well as the Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship at the Devon Horse Show. She also trained Jacob Pope to a team gold medal at the 2015 North American Young Rider Championships.
JUDGING & OFFICIATING
Rachel has served as a USEF Licensed Hunter and Equitation Judge since 1995, and she continues to judge regularly at the nation's most premier competitions, including the Winter Equestrian Festival, Kentucky Horse Shows, the Hampton Classic and the Menlo Charity Horse Show, among many others.
Rachel is highly sought after for championships, and she has officiated everywhere from the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, the USEF Medal Final, USEF Junior Hunter National Championships, USHJA Hunterdon Cup and NHS 3'3" Equitation Championship (twice) to USEF Pony Finals, the USEF Pony Medal Final and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Hunt Seat National Finals.
In addition to judging, Rachel has served on the Board of Directors of the MHSA and PHSA as well as on the USHJA Zone III Jumper Committee.
ESP Farm assistant trainer Molly Allen joined the operation in 2019 and has become an integral team member.
Having grown up in South Florida, Allen's foundation was built as a working student for Carriage Hill Farm in Delray Beach, FL. Following a successful junior career, she worked her first professional job under Helen Varble at the Stuart-based Sunlight Saddle Club before pursuing a career as an FEI groom and exercise rider for nearly a decade, achieving great success with Legacy Stables, whose rider at the time was Olympic gold medalist Ben Maher.
Allen has also worked as an assistant trainer and rider within established programs with David Olynick, Lanie Wimberly's Brigadoon Show Stables and Freddie Vasquez's Messenger Hill Farm.
She now holds a variety of roles with ESP Farm's operation, from riding, training and showing to management.