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Jeanne Smith


Jeanne started riding at 8 years of age and gained competition mileage showing Hunters/Jumpers until she turned 18. At that point she met Gordon Wright and was fortunate to be able to study under him for the next 5 years. In 1980 Jeanne moved on to open her own H/J business in Landrum, South Carolina. Jeanne has extensive experience with both young and problem horses as well as producing quality riders on horses with a correct foundation. Because of her teaching and training system, she has enjoyed a very successful showing career, competing & pinning in the top 10 in the International Hunter Futurity. In 2019 she was inducted into the Carolina Show Hunters Hall of Fame. Jeanne still loves taking clients to shows in addition to training young horses and horses with lead change problems. She is also a nationally known horse show judge and holds a big ‘R’ judging license. She is regularly called upon to judge shows for the IEA, IHSA and the USEF as well as judging National and International Hunter Derby competitions.


Leigh Stitzer
Leigh has been riding since 1984, showing since 1991. As a Junior, Leigh showed Ponies and Junior Hunters with Katie Huber and Stoneridge Farm. As an Amateur she showed with Frank and Vivian Willard in the Adults and A/O’s.  Leigh began teaching and riding professionally in Virginia in 2008.  She has earned multiple High Point Trainer awards at several local horse show series and her students have won top ribbons at shows from Upperville Colt & Horse Show to the prestigious Washington International Horse Show.  Leigh moved to the Carolinas in 2017 and joined our team in 2018.  Leigh has BA and MA degrees.


Gisele O’Grady
Gisele O’Grady is an experienced international rider and competitor. Originally from Cork, Ireland Gisele started riding at the age of 13 under the guidance of one of Ireland’s greats, Robert Splaine, Ireland’s Show Jumping Team’s Chef d’equipe. Her first job as a professional rider was schooling green horses for Allan and Aoife Mc Sweeney, who specialize in developing young horses for International Eventing Competitions. To broaden her experience she moved to New Zealand where she rode for Claire and Simon Wilson, who are FEI Jumper Competitors. Gisele has extensive experience ranging from developing babies to finishing horses for the show ring as well as being an active rider competing in the Hunter and Jumper rings at horse shows on the Local level through the A Circuit. Today, in addition to her riding duties, she also shares her experience working as a ground person and trainer helping other riders improve their skill sets. Clear View Farm is proud to have Ms. O’Grady as a member of our professional staff.