Holly Mitten

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Holly’s career begin in the early 1980’s with a focus on three day eventing. In 1984, Holly was awarded the Harry T Peters trophy for winning the National Young Riders Championships. Holly also received the prestigious Lionel Guerrand Hermes award, given to a young rider who exemplifies the USET Foundation’s ideals of sportsmanship and horsemanship. Recent award winners include Brianne Goutal (2005) and Hillary Dobbs (2008).

From 1987-89, Holly trained at the USET three day training center in Hamilton, Massachusetts with renowned trainer, Jack LeGeoff, the US Eventing Team coach from 1970 until 1984. In 1990, she was long listed for the World Equestrian Games. In 1991, Holly shifted her focus to show jumping and by 1993 was jumping Grand Prix courses under the guidance of George Morris at Hunterdon. Throughout the 1990’s Holly trained with and rode for both George Morris and Anne Kursinski, bringing along several horses to the Grand Prix level.

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Cindy Harrington


Cindy began her career training with and working for Carol Thompson at Quiet Winter Farm, competing in the Medal and Maclay Finals for five years. During college, Cindy managed show stables for Leo Conroy, Carol Thompson and Bob Cole; and continued to show in hunter and jumper divisions.

Cindy received her Bachelor of Science degree from Lehigh Univerisity in 1991, and after receiving a Ph. D. from Wake Forest University in 1995, she worked at the University of Vermont, Department of Molecular Biology. Cindy returned to the horse world full-time in 1999, managing and riding for Scott Steward and Ken Berkley, as well as George Morris and Chris Kappler.

In 2013, After eight years of working full time as a professional with Attiva Farm, Cindy’s career changed. In an attempt to join her love of horses with her education in science she has been working as a vet tech. She is currently working on getting her LVT and hoping to become a certified equine rehabilitation therapist. Cindy also tutors many horse show high school students in both math and science. Although she still is a business partner in Attiva, she no longer teaches, manages, or trains. Cindy enjoys riding for pleasure and hopes to return to the show ring as an amateur in the near future.

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     In 2004, Holly and Cindy joined the Hunterdon staff, specifically to uphold George Morris’ standard of excellence while he and Chris Kappler focused on the Athens Olympics. Holly rode Kappler’s string of horses as well as client horses, taught lessons and participated in the care and exercise program of Royal Kaliber, Kappler’s Olympic Mount. Cindy exercised horses in addition to her duties as barn manager. While Chris, George and Royal toured through Europe and on to Greece, Cindy and Holly maintained the business at home before moving on to start Attiva in 2005.