The Team

Jessica Verrill, Owner/Trainer/Instructor

I have had the pleasure of working around horses for more than 30 years.  Scary how time flies.  During that time, I have had the opportunity to learn from and work with some incredible people, attend and graduate from William Woods University and compete on behalf of my country on the United States World Cup team.  Throughout it all, I have learned some amazing lessons and watched as those experiences and the horses shaped who I have become.

 

It is with that mindset that I created Verrill Stables and dedicated myself to creating an environment that welcomed horse enthusiasts of all ages and abilities so that they too could learn as I have.  While horse back riding is fun and fulfilling, I fundamentally believe that it can change our lives through:

 

  • Instilling self-confidence and helping us understand that with patience and respect we can team with our horse

  • Creating extreme self-awareness in how our actions and attitudes affect the horses we work with 

  • Developing a rewarding work-ethic that is second to none with horses that rely on us day after day

 

All lessons that pay huge dividends beyond the walls of the indoor. :-)

 

I want to thank each and every customer who has come to us over the years in search of those lessons and time with our horses.  I so appreciate your interest in horses and desire to experience them with us.  If you are considering Verrill Stables for the first time, I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our barn family.

John Kimbal, Barn Manager

John joined the Verrill Stables team in 2010 and quickly became the glue that holds us together.  From horse health management to equipment maintenance to hay, grain and shavings deliveries to fixing anything that breaks, John plays a critical role in the day to day operations of the farm.

Working with animals for decades, one of John's greatest skills is his connection with the horses and his ability to recognize when one might be feeling "off".  Invaluable in our industry.

Always sporting a smile, John goes above and beyond for our Verrill Stables customers to ensure that their, and their horses, experience with us is a positive one.

As seen here, he already has a new recruit (Trev) in training as a future barn manager himself. :-)

Emily Mulligan, Assistant Trainer / Instructor

At a very young age, I was assigned the title of “horse crazy”.  Now, nearly 20 years later, I am proud to say the title not only stuck, it perfectly defines me.  I find being in the presence of horses to be extremely rewarding and cannot imagine life without them as the focal point of my career.

 

I was raised working with Morgan horses, gaining invaluable experience under the guidance of Chrislar Farm, Northgate Stables & CPM Stables.  My time spent with each of them helped me become the rider and horse(wo)man I am today and for that, I am forever grateful.

 

In 2017, I had the honor to compete for Youth of the Year and in a large field of very talented individuals, I was extremely proud to be named the 2017 Reserve National Champion title.  An experience, result and valuable lessons learned, that I will never forget.

 

I cannot adequately put into words how fortunate I feel to be a member of the Verrill Stables Team. My primary objective in my role is to learn new skills with the American Saddlebred, advance myself as a UPHA professional and play a critical role in creating a rewarding experience, for horses and riders alike.

Samantha Pellerin, Trainer / Instructor

Beginning riding lessons at the age of 5, Samantha quickly fell in love with horses. Soon, she got the competitive bug and began showing, leasing and owning Morgan horses. She grew up riding with Cheryl & Tony Marcelonis where she learned all the fundamentals of horsemanship and showing. 

 

After moving to NYC for college, Samantha came home to continue her passion with horses, returning to and working for, CPM Stables. When not at the barn, Sam could be found acting as an extra in movies.  Those efforts would earn her roles on major films such as The Town, The Surrogates, Mall Cop, The Proposal and others. 

 

Samantha joined Verrill Stables in 2009 and began growing her talents as a trainer of American Saddlebreds. She takes great pride in helping grow the business by attracting new customers and cultivating lesson students into competitive show clients.  She considers Verrill Stables and the team her lifelong family! 

 

Her love for theater and performing has never waned.  Participating in musicals and local plays evolved into professionally singing in multiple bands. Today, she is the lead singer of the fastest emerging country act in New England known as Samantha Rae & Whiskey 6. Headlining and opening for multiple national acts such as Locash, Parmalee, Sugar Ray and more. 

 

Samantha’s passion for horses and excitement for life bleeds into her training and teaching. Her biggest accomplishment to date is her son Gunner and his love for animals, just like her! 

Brittany Gallant, Trainer / Instructor

Horses have taken me around the country and taught me so much more than I could ever put into words.  For the past 26 years, my life has revolved around horses and this great industry we are in.

 

Growing up as a child in Massachusetts and riding with Lillian Gilpin of Rocking Horse Farm, is where my journey began. After graduating high school, horses took me to Missouri, where I attended William Woods University. While attending WWU I had the pleasure of working and learning from great trainers such as; Kent Swalla, Virgil Helm and Robert Gardiner. 

 

After graduating from WWU, I continued my career in MO working for Kent Swalla for 5 years before returning back to New England in 2014 to make Verrill Stables my forever home. 

 

It is my pleasure and desire to spread my knowledge of training and instructing to all of our clients. Whether it is training a horse or teaching a student; my passion comes from these individuals when they have that “light switch moment”. All the hours of hard work and training really pays off when you see that it clicks for them and they are on their path to success. 

Sara Macdougall, Instructor

Kathryn Moughan, Instructor

When my parents took me for my first ride on a horse at age 5, they never would've guessed that I would make it a lifelong passion. 

 

Growing up, I trained under Tammy Levesque and WingedSpur Farm.  With many years of training, I began showing at the 4-H level and moving up to breed shows. 

 

I had many wonderful opportunities to work with and show some amazing horses, which led me to work as Tammy’s assistant trainer out of high school. 

 

From there I became more interested in learning about horse psychology and behavior which led me to learn and study natural horsemanship. For years I worked with problem horses and their owners on how to build better relationships. 

 

After taking a few years off to start a family I have been lucky enough to get back to what I love to do, that is to be in the barn and teach. From beginners to advanced riders my enthusiasm as an instructor comes from my students learning, being safe, and having fun.

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