The Stables



Marglin Ranch is pleased to be the home of Hill Country Riding Academy

      Hill Country Riding Academy was founded by Stephanie and David Cook in 2008. Stephanie has been riding and training horses since the age of six in Central New Jersey.  There, she had opportunities to work with off-the-track thoroughbreds and train them to perform as hunters and jumpers.  She began teaching beginner riders at age 10 and continued until leaving for college.

      Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. While there, she represented West Point in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) shows as the leading open equitation rider for the team, qualifying for IHSA nationals all four years. As a cadet, she had the unique opportunity to train with world-renowned trainers including: Colonel Neumann-Geissen of the German Army, Olympians Iris Kellet (the first women ever on the Irish National Equestrian team) and Robert Hall, (trainer to Prince Charles and trained by the Spanish Riding School) and spent weekends training for IHSA Nationals with Centenary College’s accomplished riding team. For more information, please see HCRA’s website at;

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