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.
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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.
Olivia “Liv” Broder
Olivia “Liv” was born and raised in Long Island, NY. She grew up riding at her mother’s farm, Silver Oak Stables. At age 12, she moved to Wellington, Florida to compete at WEF during the winter months, while being based in Kentucky for the summers. She spent two years focusing on technique and position training with Stacia Madden at Beacon Hill. Liv had a successful equitation career, finishing 6th at the USEF Dover Hunt Seat Medal Finals and Champion Overall at Capital Challenge Horse Show. She also competed in the jumpers with other show stables.
Liv joined Riffle Hitch in mid-June to focus on her jumpers. She competed at her first show in July at Tryon, NC, having immediate successes there with top 10 finishes in the High Jr/AO’s and a top 12 finish in her first U25. She also had top 10 finishes in the Medium Jr/AO Classic with two of her newer horses and top 10 finishes with her youngest horse in the Low Jr’s.
“Riffle Hitch is an incredibly special place to train, not only for Nicki’s thorough and high-quality expertise, but also because the horses get to be and act like horses. They receive immaculate care from everyone at Riffle Hitch, and I am amazed at how happy and relaxed all of them are as a result. I am very excited for the future of my horses and myself, and I look forward to learning and growing with my jumpers as part of Team Riffle Hitch.”
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)