AT LEGACY RIVER EQUESTRIAN CENTER WE ARE PROUD TO EMPLOY THE EQUINE INDUSTRY'S MOST ENTHUSIASTIC AND DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS. WE ARE ALL PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT WE DO. FROM CUSTOMER SERVICE TO LESSONS AND TRAINING. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTINUED SUCCESS OF LEGACY RIVER. STOP IN TODAY TO SAY HELLO!
LEGACY RIVER EQUESTRIAN CENTER IS PROUD TO OFFER TRAINING BY BOTH A USHJA CERTIFIED TRAINER AND A USEF "R" AND SOON-TO-BE FEI JUDGE.
John grew up riding at Primrose Farm in St. Charles, IL which is owned by his grandparents and he started showing at a very young age. At the age of 15 John began working with Alex Jayne at Our Day Farm and was able to travel the country showing in Wellington, Kentucky, Chicago, Harrisburg, Washington, and Detroit. John competed in his first Grand Prix at age 17 and he also received numerous year end awards with NIHJA, IHJA, Zone 5 and in 1997 and 1998 he won the IHJA Junior Medal Finals.
Later on in 1998 he was selected to the represent the USA in an International Competition for Young Riders. In January of 1999, he competed in Bombay, India at the CSI Young Riders event. Team USA won the Bronze medal, and John won the individual silver medal. Later on in 1999 he was chosen to represent the USA once again, this time at an Amateur Nations Cup in Ireland.
In 2000 John had the honor of working/riding with Olympian Anne Kursinski at her own Market Street Farm in New Jersey. After that he decided to give up his Amateur status and took over the business at the family farm in St. Charles. He continued receiving numerous Grand Prix ribbons as well as having his students qualify for indoor finals in the Junior Hunters and the NAL/M&S Jumpers shows where they received ribbons as well.
Throughout the past few years John received his “R” judges licenses in the Hunter, Jumper & Equitation divisions and he is currently in the process of obtaining his FEI Level 2 judges license, which he will be applying for later in 2016. I have worked at several barns throughout the years as a trainer, instructor & barn manager. Over the last several years he has been traveling across the country and he is very excited to be coming back to the Midwest calling Legacy River Equestrian Center home.
Dorothy (Dolly) Flisk, a lifelong equestrian, starting at 5 years old, has always dreamed of opening a facility of her own. Upon purchasing of the Sugar Grove property and launching Legacy River Equestrian Center; Flisk turned her lifelong dream into a reality. Flisk's passion for horses and their care combined with her desire to see a premier facility that is focused on the training and development of the horses and riders led to the opening of Legacy River Equestrian Center. Dorothy encompasses the aspect of superior horse care and the well-being of the horses and riders at Legacy River Equestrian Center.
Dorothy has always found a way back to riding, no matter where she lived in the country throughout her life. She has successfully competed at A/AA level horse shows both regionally and nationally. Flisk is planning on pursuing her USHJA trainer certification in the future. Additionally, Dorothy has several other entrepreneurial endeavors she is involved in. She is excited to see the potential of the horses and riders that call Legacy River their forever home.
Betsy Stojanoff is a United States Hunter Jumper Association Certified Trainer who joined Legacy River Equestrian Center in August, 2017.
Betsy studied and received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola University, Chicago in 1985 while maintaining her amateur status with the AHSA/USEF. After a corporate career in Human Resources she eventually became a professional as a trainer and then manager of a large hunter/jumper facility in Chicago's northern suburbs. After a successful 18 year career there, Betsy's passion for the classical hunt seat riding school and long time friendship with Dorothy Flisk brought her to Legacy River Equestrian Center where she now teaches. Her long standing goal is to develop young riders and adults in the correct principles of hunt seat equitation, thus ensuring the integrity of the sport for the future.
She is excited to join the Legacy River Equestrian Center's team, and looks forward to making a positive impact on its riding school. Betsy resides in Chicago's northern suburbs, has a husband, two adult children and recently became a grandmother.