clients

Silver Raven Farms

Silver Raven Farms of Malibu, California is owned by Carol Rosenstein, 3 time USEF Breeder of the Year. Carol and her daughter, Katie Polk are both riders. Carol started at age six and is happy being around horses, riding at home on trails and leaving competing to others.  Katie had considerable success in the Junior and AO Hunters with many horses including World Champion Hunter Rider Winner Eminem and Silver Raven. Katie represented the USA at Young Riders at Bromont, Canada on Festival and competed successfully in the A/O Jumpers on SRF Dragonfly.

Carol and Katie asked Nicki to take the reins on SRF Dragonfly, and move her up to the international level, which she did; riding her to second place in the 2008 Olympic Qualifiers and representing the USA on Nations Cup Tour all over Europe. 

SRF Dragonfly is the mother of triplet mares, carried by surrogates; Abbey Road, April Moon and Akuna Mattata. Nicki started all three and brought them along through the Young Jumper Championships where they consistently finished 1,2,3 in varying orders. Abbey is a now an Amateur Owner/Jr Jumper, April Moon represented Venezuela at the Pan Am Games with Angel Karolyi , coming off 2 seconds in Grand Prixes at Spruce Meadows.

The most famous Dragonfly daughter is the one Nicki picked for herself, crowd favorite, Akuna Mattata. Nicki and “Nahla” compete at the international level, have been on US Teams, with numerous Grand Prix wins.

With new foals planned for 2021 the SRF/Rifflehitch partnership has a bright future ahead.


Anna Ishiyama

Anna is a California native representing Japan and her love for horses started at a summer camp in Old Topanga, California “Cali Camp.” At the age of 7, she began riding at Far West Farm in Calabasas and has been owning horses and competing ever since.  Having won top prizes in the U25 classes, Mid & Full Circuit Champion as a junior in Medium and later High A/O at Thermal.  She won several classes at Spruce Meadows.

Anna moved to Florida in December 2019 to be under the guidance of Nicki and the Riffle Hitch Team.  She competed in the High Amateurs and U/25 in Wellington with Clint Eastwood and Ninetto (Teddy). She is very excited to begin competing on her new horse Caristina “Elsa”. Ann & Elsa won their first Low Amateur class at Tryon in July.

Anna greatly appreciates how attentive and thorough Nicki and the Riffle Hitch team are with the horses. “I never leave a lesson unhappy or unsatisfied with the training.  After completing a course at the show, Nicki is always so positive”.  She looks forward to the rest of the 2020 show season.

Her long-term goal is to represent Japan in the Olympics. She also enjoys investment horses and the thrill of watching the horse succeed with another rider.

Anna Ishiyama

Tara Gallagher

Tara Gallagher started her lifelong love of horses as a young girl fox-hunting and in Pony Club in the farmland of Connecticut.  She started show jumping as an adult and had the fortune to compete internationally at competitions such as Hickstead, The Glock Show and London GCT.  Under Nicki’s careful tutelage she and her mount Apple produced strong rounds in well renown competitions such as the LA Masters 2*, Hampton Classic, American Gold Cup, Miami GCT and WEF.

Tara deeply admires Nicki’s remarkable ability to understand what each horse needs individually to not only produce clean rounds, but also to be relaxed and happy in their job.  Tara greatly admires Nicki’s great talent to ride any horse with finesse and feel. She has found incredibly suitable horses for Tara including Apple, Brightly, Anna and now Conthaletta (Twinkle).

After a break from competition to have two beautiful children, Tara is excited to have a new mount and to get back in the ring!

Tara teamed up with her equestrian sister Siobhan Gallagher to form the real estate partnership The Gallagher Team with Douglas Elliman (www.gallagherteam.com)