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About Us

Carl Catani

​      Carl is one of the most well respected trainers in New England. A lifelong horseman, he trained early on with Leo Boyle, an old-school trainer who broke all horses to ride, drive, race and jump. After graduating from Utica College, Carl opened River Wind Farm and entered the hunter/jumper scene. Carl oversees the facility, staff, sale horses, lesson and training programs and show season. Carl’s students have found great success on the “AA” circuit in the hunter, jumper, and equitation rings, and many have gone on to become successful professionals in their own right.

​      Several of the best known trainers in the area got their start riding with, or working for, Carl. He demands good sportsmanship from his students, a number of whom have been honored with the sportsmanship awards at New England Equitation Championships and MHC Days of Champions. Carl is known for his uncanny ability to evaluate horses, and to match a rider with the right horse. He has sponsored countless working students who have shown themselves to be dedicated and talented kids who otherwise could not afford to ride.  

     Carl serves the horse community as an “r” judge and by serving on many committees helping to improve competition on many levels, including the New England Equitation Championship Committee. In 2010, he was honored with the New England Equitation Championship Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Spencer Catani

Spencer Catani

Spencer Catani has been involved with horses for many years, riding casually as a child, and then competitively as an adult. She has shown in the Amateur Owner Hunters and in the Jumpers with RWF, collecting many ribbons along the way.  In 2010, Spencer won the Massachusetts Horsemen's Council Adult Medal final with her longtime partner, Amazing Grace. A few years later, she turned in her amateur card and began teaching at the farm.  Spencer specializes in teaching our youngest students and beginner adult riders.  

Abigail Greer

When Abby Greer began riding with Carl Catani at the age of eight, she could hardly have known that she was embarking upon her career; after a successful run in the junior hunters and equitation, Abby graduated from Babson College and returned to RWF as a professional rider and trainer, where she has enjoyed tremendous success in the professional hunter divisions on the "AA" circuit and at the national indoor shows. . With over thirty years’ teaching experience, Abby inspires her students to always give their best without ever compromising compassion for the horse. Under Abby’s tutelage, many RWF juniors have qualified for the Maclay, USEF Medal, and USET finals. She has also coached many riders to top ribbons and championships at New England Equitation Championships, MHC Days of Champions, and MHJ finals. Abby enjoys sharing her knowledge with riders of all levels and providing invaluable mentorship to young professionals.

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Katie McCann

 

Katie McCann grew up in Smithfield, Rhode Island, with a strong background in ponies, hunters, and equitation.  While earning a Bachelor’s degree in Finance at the University of Maine, Katie was elected IHSA team captain. After graduating, she turned her attention to horses full time and found her way to the jumper ring, rising to the Grand Prixs level and winning ribbons on a world stage at competitions such as Spruce Meadows, WEF, Las Vegas National, Kentucky Horse Park, Tryon, Desert Horse Park, and many more across the US, Canada, and Europe. Katie has worked with some of the best riders in the world, learning proper riding, horse care and ground work. 

Courtney Fennell

Courtney Fennell hails from Rochester, NY, where she grew up riding Saddle Seat horses with her mom before finding success in the hunters and equitation. After earning her bachelors in Business Administration from Cazenovia College, Courtney decided to pursue a career in the horse business, following her lifelong passion for horses. 

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Rachael Fulop

 

Rachael grew up in the Chicago area, showing on the pony hunter circuit as well as backing and starting racehorses. She had the opportunity to compete at Pony Finals in 2010 before discovering a passion for 3-Day Eventing, in which she has advanced through Novice level. Rachael competed at regular season shows and Zone 1 finals with the Mount Holyoke College IHSA team, graduating in 2019 with a degree in Anthropology. After college, she worked as a Stable Management Fellow at Sweet Briar College, where she became proficient in stable management software, managed medications and feed plans, supervised student workers, and worked with student boarders in managing their horses’ needs.  In addition to managing the care of all our horses, Rachael teaches lessons and coaches the RWF IEA team. She enjoys starting and working with young horses, educating young riders in all aspects of horsemanship and riding, and helping her students adapt to riding a variety of horses. 

Deb Barretto

Deb Barretto learned to ride at River Wind Farm 40 years ago! She has run her own program at Freedom Gate Farm for many years, teaching new riders and coaching students at horse shows. Deb brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for compassionate horsemanship to our program, generously sharing her time and expertise with RWF several days each week.

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Deirdre Catani

Susan Boyer

Susan Boyer’s love of horses has taken her from the trails behind Briggs Stable in Hanover, Massachusetts at age ten, to competing in local hunter/jumper shows as a teenager with her first horse, Doorshop, to a three-year stint working at a dude ranch in Wyoming, and finally to River Wind Farm, where she has been teaching since 2002. Susan teaches weekend lessons during the school year, and runs RWF’s Summer Riding Program, teaching kids the fundamentals of riding, horsemanship, and stable management. Susan is currently the Coordinator for Special Education at Norwell High School, where she has spent the majority of her 30+ year career teaching Special Education. This experience allows her to see the potential in every rider and to craft an individualized program to ensure each student’s success in riding. Susan tries to instill in each of her students a love of riding for the joy of it, and an appreciation for all a horse has to offer. 

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Deirdre Catani

Deirdre started riding with her dad at River Wind Farm when she was still in diapers, progressing from leadline to the Medal, Maclay, and USET finals. As an adult, Deirdre continued her winning ways in the Amateur Owner Hunters and Jumpers, and was simply unbeatable in the equitation ring. She won the MHC Adult Medal Finals in 2002, and in 2003 won both the New England Equitation Finals and the Ariat National Adult Medal Finals. Also in 2003, Deirdre was honored with the NEEC Adult Sportsmanship Award. In 2008, Deirdre was again champion of the New England Equitation Finals, this time as a “middle” adult. After spending three years as a working student with Emil Spadone, Deirdre turned in her amateur card and began her career as a professional at RWF in 2009. Deirdre focuses on developing young hunters and jumpers.  In 2013, Deirdre qualified for the Devoucoux Hunter Prix and competed in her first Grand Prix.  Deirdre teaches young riders with warmth and fun, with an emphasis on horsemanship and sportsmanship.

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Deb Sloan

 

Deb Sloan began riding with Richard and Julie Ulrich at Friars Gate Farm in Pembroke, where she also trained in classical dressage with Karl Mikolka from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. At age sixteen, Deb joined Carl Catani and Leo Boyle at Fleetwood Farm, and went on to become Carl’s first student at the incipient River Wind Farm. Deb and her Amateur-Owner Hunter, Audacious, notched champion or reserve at nearly every horse show they attended, earning high ribbons at Madison Square Garden, Harrisburg and Washington. Deb teaches lessons at RWF on weekends, balancing her career as an elementary school educator.  

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