Bel Mont Farm is located in Waterford, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. Picturesquely settled on 100 acres at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains, our facilities offer the ultimate in horse care, service and training for riders and owners from the novice amateur to skilled equestrian. Please see @boarding page for details.
About trainer Dorna Taintor:
As a junior, Dorna competed in the prestigious national Medal, Maclay and USET equitation finals, as well as the junior jumpers and junior hunters. She went on to work for three Olympians: Peter Leone, Daan Nanning in Holland, and eventually settled in Virginia working for, and then with, Joe Fargis.
Dorna is currently competing a string of horses that range from those who are attending their first horse show, to horses competing in Grand Prixs. She has developed a strong reputation for developing young horses, giving them the skills that make them competitive, athletic, and easy to ride. Her students appreciate her depth of knowledge and commitment to classical principles. Some of their accomplishments include National Pony Jumper Champion, Zone 3 Horse of the Year awards, and medals at the Regional Zone Jumper Team and Individual Championships.
About Michelle Mahoney:
Michelle began working with Dorna in 2012 and officially joined the team in early 2019. She has experience competing up to the 1.40m jumpers as well as starting numerous horses under saddle and enjoys producing young prospects. She has qualified horses for both the young jumper championships and young event horse championships, while also producing successful amateur hunters. She has experience teaching a variety of students, from those who have never been on a horse before to those competing in the children's jumpers and adult hunters.