Equestrian Instructors
Darcey Ryaner Shepard

Darcey Rayner-Shepard, Farm Coordinator

Darcey has been involved with horses and ponies her entire life. She has been an equestrian professional for the last 20 years as an “A” system Hunter/Jumper trainer. Darcey has competed up and down the west coast, from Palm Springs to Calgary, in both the Hunters and Jumpers. Darcey has had the incredible opportunity to extensively train and work with Olympic Riders Rich Fellers and Kevin Freeman. Her love of teaching and animals combined with her vast equestrian experiences make her an asset to the Farrel McWhirter Riding School.

Ali Hull

Ali Hull, Adaptive and Nature Coordinator

Ali grew up at her family's Carnation Racing Stables, a thoroughbred race horse training center in Carnation, WA. A love for horses runs deep in her family and Ali has continued her family's equestrian tradition. Trained in a variety of riding disciplines, Ali is an alumnus of Snohomish County 4-H and the University of Washington Equestrian Team. Ali represented the UW at the 2005 Intercollegiate Nationals in Sunbury, OH, and placed 9th in the nation in Hunter Seat Equitation on the Flat. Ali and her Thoroughbred gelding, A.M. Briefing, enjoy Dressage, trail riding, and an occasional gallop on the race track. She is thrilled to be a part of the team at FMRS.

Jenn Bonk Brown

Jenn Bonk-Brown, Riding Instructor 

Jenn recently graduated from the University of Maine with majors in Equine Business Management and Economics. Growing up in New Jersey, she competed on the Hunter/Jumper circuit with her off-the-track thoroughbred. In college, she competed and served as captain of the Equestrian and Dressage Teams. Intercollegiate riding allowed her to show on a wide variety of horses and participate in many clinics given by highly regarded trainers. Today her focus remains on dressage, which she envisions as an opportunity for life long learning.

Sidney Smith

Sidney Smith, Program Assistant

Sidney grew up with numerous pets but found her passion with horses. She showed in Snohomish County 4-H for years doing performance, dressage, and knowledge competitions. In her final year of 4-H she qualified to represent Washington State in the horse bowl knowledge competition, placing 5th in the nation as an individual. In college, she participated in the intercollegiate horseman’s association and Central Washington University’s equestrian club. Sidney and her Saddlebred gelding, Desi, enjoy dressage, trail riding, and new adventures together.

Elissa Story

Elissa Story, Riding Instructor

Elissa was raised on a small family farm with many opportunities to participate in a wide array of equine disciplines. She was active in the United States Pony Club for almost 10 years, rating to her C-3. Originally starting out doing hunter/jumpers, she quickly found a passion for three day eventing, competing across multiple states in the western US. Elissa also played on a competitive polocrosse team as part of her Pony Club. While she still loves pursuing her own equine interests, she is motivated by new young riders, and has been actively teaching horseback riding lessons for more than 10 years.

Tabitha Riding Horse

Tabitha Wainscott, Riding Instructor

Tabitha started riding horses when she was 5, and joined a 4-H group in Pierce county which she showed in for 8 years. She competed on her Appaloosa mare, Lacey, in several events like; Performance, Trail, Working Rancher and Showmanship, with a focus in Gaming. Tabitha’s senior year of High School she competed in WAHSET (Washington State High School Equestrian Team) and participated in Drill Team, Cow Sorting, Gaming, and Working Pairs. Throughout her years of showing she made it onto the state team multiple times in each discipline. In 2014 she went to Nationals in Kentucky for a knowledge competition called Horse Bowl, where her team placed 8th. Tabitha is now pursuing a career as a professional Horse Trainer and Riding Instructor.

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Farrel McWhirter Equestrian
Program Site:
Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park
(Farm and Nature Park)
19545 NE Redmond Road

Phone: 425-556-2309