About Painted Dreams Horse Farm

Painted Dreams is now a US Pony Club Center EXCITING NEWS!
Painted Dreams Farm has been chosen as a National United States Pony Club Center!  
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Painted Dreams Farm Sign Located on 35 lush green acres in beautiful Bucks County, PA, Painted Dreams Horse Farm students learn not only riding skills but emphasis is placed on horsemanship skills that develop riders into safe, responsible, and educated equine enthusiasts. Through our lessons and summer camps, we strive to create riders that understand equine instinct and behaviors -- a skill that will allow them to become excellent communicators with their mounts, even as a beginner. We are not a competition barn, and strive to create enhanced self esteem in our riders. We value teamwork and sportsmanship. At Painted Dreams Farm, safety is our highest priority. We place great emphasis on matching the rider with his/her mount to create the most beneficial learning environment. Three riders on a trail ride.We teach many disciplines of riding lessons including English (Hunt Seat and Jumpers), Western Pleasure, and Dressage. Children and adults can choose one lesson discipline or may sample all of them. Give us a call today to take a tour, schedule a horse riding lesson or to learn more about our summer camps. Our summer camps start in June and run through August and are a great way to introduce children into horse back riding. ph: 215.598.7370Download our Brochure

 

Owner of Painted Dreams Horse Farm

Maria Mendonca-Collito owns and runs Painted Dreams Horse Farm with her two children Andrew and Morgan.  She always had a passion for horses, from riding to competing. Owning her own horse facility remained one of her dreams and goals throughout her adult life. 

Ms. Mendonca is a nationally certified instructor by the American Riding Instructors Association in both Western Pleasure and Hunt Seat On The Flat. 

After finishing her Bachelors of Science at Boston University and one of her Master's degrees in Medicine at Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT she was finally able to pursue her passion for horses in earnest… She began showing horses as a young adult with her wonderful Paint horses, and was very successful in her endeavors.

Ms. Mendonca built and created PDF as a way to make horseback riding accessible and enjoyable to all types of riders with a wide range of goals and dreams.   Ms. Mendonca has built her business based on honesty, respect, and communication.  She values teamwork, sportsmanship, and responsibility in her students, a combination she feels creates not only self esteem, but lifelong sense of accomplishment.

Painted Dreams Trainers & Staff

Sharon Stroh
Sharon’s love of horses started at age 12 when she began competing in Equitation and Hunters. Throughout high school she competed at many shows, including a prestigious East Coast Circuit, earning Reserve Champion of the Year in Hunt Seat!

She attended Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA where she majored in Equestrian Studies. It was during this time she trained extensively with Col. Alfred Kitts, International Dressage judge and R Jumper judge. She continued to train and compete under his tutelage for several years after college in Dressage, Eventing, and Jumpers up to 4 foot. She worked for USET Dressage rider Ellin Dixon and trained with Event trainer Jane Cory.

Throughout this time, she was an active member of The United States Pony Club, and passed with the difficult C-3 rating. This rating required excellence and proficiency in both mounted exercises and horsemanship skills for Jumpers, Dressage, Combined Training, and Polocross. Because Sharon believes that students should have strong Horsemanship skills, she continues to be a very active USPC leader.

Throughout the 90’s, she was the Head Trainer and Coach for both the Varsity and Jr. Varsity Equestrian teams at the prestigious George School Preparatory Academy, guiding both teams to many local and district Championships in Hunters, Jumpers, and Eventing. After the birth of her 2 daughters, she decided to leave the demanding schedule of an instructor to spend more time with her girls, and took a position as a Manager and Director of a 22 horse show facility. There she tended to all the daily needs of her clients horses.

In addition to the Jumper rings and Event fields, Sharon enjoys competing in polocrosse. Polocross is an exceptionally fast paced game on horseback that is often described as Lacrosse on Horseback!! She recently attending a tournament where she won best player and her horse, Vegas, won best horse!

Sharon is certified by the American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA) in both Dressage and Combined Training. She is also licensed under the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) in both English and Western disciplines for Safety and Instruction.

Sharon loves sharing her passion for horses with others and enjoys helping them to achieve their goals, whether it is for pleasure or competition! She is looking forward to again developing young all around horsemen.

Sharon has a National 2 week Polocross tournament in June, and upon her return will be starting at Painted Dreams on July 5th. Anyone interested meeting, or trying a lesson with Sharon, should call the office at 215-598-7370.



Amanda Enwright
Amanda Enwright is proud to offer over 20 years of equestrian experience in Hunters, Jumpers, English and Western pleasure. She has degrees in Special Education and Elementary Education from Kutztown University, and is also a certified instructor with the American Riding Instructors Association. Along with giving lessons to her weekly students, she currently coaches the Gwynedd-Mercy University and the LaSalle University IHSA Equestrian Teams.

Amanda focuses on teaching her students all the various aspects of horsemanship. While riding, the students will participate in various activities that will enhance their strength and connection with their horse. Amanda believes that a strong flatwork and balance foundation are the essential building blocks to becoming a safe and structured rider. Amanda welcomes all ages of students, from beginners through advanced.

Amanda can also be found showing a variety of horses herself or standing by the in-gate coaching her students in the show ring. Her students show in schooling shows all the way to AA rated venues such as The Devon Horse Show, Ludwigs Corner, St. Christopher’s, HITS Saugerties, HITS Culpepper, Devon Fall Classic, and a variety of shows on the local circuit. Although some of her students compete in horse shows, her goal is not to make everyone into “show riders”. The true goal is to become very well rounded and knowledgeable equestrian.

She brings her experience from showing on the Rated circuit all of her life, as well as riding on her college equestrian team. Some of her noteworthy accomplishments include year-end championships in the Hunter and Jumper ring in Amateur Owner, Young Hunters, Pre-Green, and Adult Equitation.

Students focused on the show arena, as well as those who simply love riding and understanding horses, are very welcome. Amanda wants to share her love and passion for horses to anyone who is willing to learn.



Nikki Serge
USDF Bronze & Silver medal
Dressage Trainer

It is a privilege as well as an exciting opportunity for Nikki to head the new Dressage program at Painted Dreams Farm. She brings over 20 years of experience training people and horses alike in Dressage.

Her passion for equines started when she was six years old growing up in Radnor, PA, prime horse country. After graduating college she pursued an equestrian career full time. She partnered with long time dressage trainer Nina Benninghoff to form Holly Tree Dressage Center in NJ. Holly Tree was the biggest full service dressage training and boarding facility in Southern New Jersey for over a decade. During this time, she showed her Oldenburg sport horses at Dressage at Devon with much success. She rode her Arabian stallion KZ Second Chance, as well as her Oldenburg, Golden Opportunity, in many young horse and dressage competitions. During this time she trained with Major Jeremy Beale, Marilyn Payne, Nancy Polozker. Soon after, she made the difficult decision to leave Holly Tree to relocate for the opportunity to train with Grand Prix trainer and rider Silke Rembacz full time.

Over the next five years she gained experience traveling to Wellington Florida in the winter, and competing Ellen Morrison's Limax at third and fourth levels, placing at BLM Championships, qualifying for Region One Dressage Championships in New Jersey during the summer. She also competed Eileen Scheineman's Obelix, completing her USDF Bronze and Silver medals, riding at Dressage at Devon, the NEDA Fall Festival, and Region 8 Championships in 2012.

She currently enjoys competing her horse Obelix at the Prix St Georges and Intermediare I levels, while training her 3 year old Oldenburg for the young horse classes in 2014, under the tutelage of Grand Prix trainers Michael and Vera Barisone. She is currently the Head Dressage trainer at Cream Ridge Equestrian Center in Cream Ridge, NJ.

It is Nikki's goal to use her passion and experience to provide correct training to every horse and rider in a way that meets each individual need.



Heather Metz


Heathers love of horses started way back before she can even remember. Starting regular riding lessons at the age of eight, Heather was brought up doing Hunt Seat Equitation and Dressage.  Attending clinics from Judge Earlen Haven and many others, Heather got a taste of what upper-level horsemanship was about. She started competing in local shows in Equitation and Hunters.  Riding any horse that was offered to her, she started to get a good feel for all different levels and types of horses.

At just 16 she wanted to broaden her knowledge of the equine industry and took a job at Parx Race Track as a groom and exercise rider. There she learned a great deal about equine fitness, health, and nutrition from these top athletes. She took every opportunity that was given to her at the racetrack and gained valuable experience.

By the age of 18 she was teaching lessons, taking young students to shows, and breaking show horses for several well known trainers in her area all while showing her first self-made Off Track Thoroughbred, Patrick, in the Hunter and Jumper Rings.  At the age of four, Patrick won the Child/Adult Marshall and Sterling 1.00m division.

Heather spent her first year at college as high point rider for her IHSA team before taking an incredible riding internship offer with Willy Delayer. While working for the legendary horseman, she assisted him with importing young warm blood horses from his home country of Holland: She broke, trained, showed, marketed, and sold them all under his instruction. Even after the internship was over, he continued as her mentor until his unexpected death just a few years ago.

After leaving her internship, Heather went to work as a Manager and Assistant Trainer at a dressage show barn. She assisted with the breaking of many upper level prospects from top US breeders while teaching and coaching in her spare time.  After trying a little bit of every position in the industry, Heather decided that training and teaching in the Hunter/Jumper rings were her true passions.  She was offered the opportunity to teach and ride at Hunter Farms under the tutelage of Andrew Philbrick.
She has been very successful coaching students from local shows all the way to the up to AA Circuit. Her students have had numerous Championships, and Reserve Championships at Nona Garson’s the Ridge, Black River, and Princeton Show Jumping series, just to mention a few.  Heather herself has had amazing success in the show ring as a professional with Patrick, including several Championships at the 1.10 and 1.15 m AA rated show jumping divisions, the OTTB show jumping classes at Hunter Farms, and at Nona Garson’s The Ridge.

Heather looks forward to helping you become better connected with your equine partner and creating a willing and confident bond in and out of the show ring. She is motivated to help bring a competitive spark to those who are ready to set the bar a little higher with their competition endeavors.



Barbara Fosler
Barbara's career with horses spans four decades. In the 70's one of her first teaching positions was at Fox Hill Farms which was the original horse farm connected to what is now Painted Dreams Farm.

As a 6 year old she was riding western and quickly became infatuated with Hunters and Equitation. Through High School she worked as a groom and began teaching children at Breezy Point Day Camp as a CIT and Junior Counselor. Once out of school she went to work for Jack Trainor of Here and There Farms traveling to major east coast shows with the top Ponies and Junior Hunters in the country. Continuing her education included clinics with top professionals such as George Morris, Buddy Brown, Michael Matz, Sally Swift, Don Stewart and Michael Godfrey. She attended the American Riding Instructors Certified Program and PA Council Horseback Riding for the Handicapped.

Her best horse was It's Friday. He was purchased as a 3 year old and trained by Barb. Highlights of his long career include 4th PHSA Young Hunter Under Saddle, 4th Young Hunter Under Saddle at Devon, ribbons in the Locals at Devon. Champion year end awards NJBHA, Pleasant Hollow Farms, The Meadow, Duncraven, and AHS. Friday was the horse of a life time! Winning in the 3' - 3'6'' Hunters/Jumpers, Dressage, and Pleasure.

While working at Duncraven Barb honed her skills of matching riders and horses. Her pairings were successful locally and nationally! Championships at Pony Finals, Devon, NJPHA and NJHSA to name a few. Barb was Chef d' équipe for Zone 2 of the 2005 Reserve Champion Jumper Team at Pony Finals.

Barb's love for horses is contagious and carries into her teaching! She believes "Form Follows Function." From the casual rider to the show ring Barb has always put her students goals first! She believes the care of the Horse is the most important. So important she put her riding on hold to give her aged horses the best retirement possible.

Recently Barb has two new Paint horses. Poet was Intro Dressage Champion in 2013. Burt has placed well in large Pleasure classes. Plus she has her 25 year old Paint pony Spunky. She has owned him since birth. Barb brings to Painted Dreams a lifetime of love and passion for all horses and her students. Let's enjoy this ride together!


Painted Dreams Riding Horses

In Memory
of Cactus

Charlie

Chester

Fluffy

Romance

Looking Good Cody

Megan on Ollie

Mikey Goes Western

Morgan, Tori and Dolly

Rocky

Romance With Me

Spirit

Buzz

Tonka

Cato and Morgan

Harley

Morgan and Rue

Ridge and Morgan

Tiffany and Kodak

Big Rocky and Sophie

Charlie Cross Country

Jess and Duchess

Jazzy

Katelyn on Frodo

Taylor on Pedro

Betty

Leah on Fiona

In Memory
of Cactus

Red