Kersten Levine, Head Trainer
Kersten began her riding career at the age of two and hasn't looked back, growing up in Hawaii with her mother as her trainer. She had shown in everything from x rails to 3'0" hunters by age 10. At age 11 she qualified for pony finals on her large pony, Best Second Chance. Since then she has shown many hunters and jumpers to state and national championships, pony finals, hunter derby, and international Grand Prix.
She trained under her mother, Marleta Lillejord, at Cameron Equestrian Center. She credits their relationship for her successes as a rider and trainer. Marleta passed unexpectedly in 2013, and Kersten reincarnated the business as Esoteric Farm.
Kersten raises and breaks her own horses, enjoying the process from birth to show ring. Her most well known horse to come up through the program is her Grand Prix horse Entrepreneur who won the World Cup series for the Pacific League with Greg Best on board.
Kersten never stops learning, continuing to train regularly with Greg Best, Dale Pederson, and Britt McCormick.
Nancy Ansley, Trainer, Barn Manager
Nancy began riding as a child in Phoenix, AZ and competed extensively in hunters, equitation, and jumpers. She had much success with her own horses as well as those she rode for other owners. In addition to numerous horse show championships, she also earned many State Championships through the Arizona Horse Exhibitors Association. One of her horses was the Zone 8 Horse of the Year in Junior Jumpers.
Nancy won the AHSA Regional Medal Finals and competed at Harrisburg, PA in the National Medal Finals. She qualified and competed as a member of the Zone 8 Prix des States Junior Jumper team at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, as well as Zone 8's team at the Young Rider's Championships in Illinois. She also competed and placed at the Washington International Horse Show in the International Hunter Futurity.
She was fortunate to have trained with several notable horsemen including Kaye Love, Lisa Jacquin, Patty Stovel, and Otis Brown Jr, and went on to work for Patty and Brownie at Brass Lantern Farms in Brentwood, TN.
Nancy attended Middle Tennessee State University for her undergraduate studies and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University. She is married and has three children.
Lacy Hudson, Instructor
Lacy Hudson began riding in Austin, Texas in 1977, showing successfully locally and on the national level in the hunters and jumpers throughout her childhood. Over the course of her junior years, Lacy worked with Steve Hummel, William Martin, George Sayo, Mike McCormick, Orley Dehoyas, and Phoebe Johnson, and competed in her first grand prix at age 14. During her high school years, Lacy focused on equitation, going on to win several medals in the AHSA, USEF and Maclay, as well as numerous other accolades.
Lacy attended Texas A&M to study Exercise Physiology and Business, where she played on the polo team and showed on the IHSA team, while also continuing to show nationally. After winning a scholarship, Lacy trained and showed under the tutelage of the legendary George Morris for several months. Post-college, Lacy continued to bring along young horses while managing her retail stores and clothing company. In 2006, Lacy returned to Austin to begin her career as a trainer. Since becoming a professional, she has trained several successful young riders to compete at Junior Finals, Medal Finals, and helped young riders continue their development through NCEA Scholarships.