Grenoble Stables is pleased to welcome Helen Pianca as an on-site rider, instructor, and assistant stable manager. Helen has a classical riding foundation in dressage and combined training. In the dressage sphere, she has earned her United States Dressage Federation bronze and silver medals, and notably trained her own off the track Thoroughbred to the FEI Prix St. Georges level as a young rider. We call Helen a throwback to another generation of horsemen and women, because not only did she train her Thoroughbred to upper level dressage, but she also foxhunted him and rode him sidesaddle (and watching a Prix St. Georges level test ridden sidesaddle by Helen is certainly one of the more amazing things I have seen in my 39 years in horses). She has replicated this diverse training success with many young horses, and regularly starts young horses over fences and cross country. She also has many years of teaching and stable management experience. We think Helen’s versatility will make her an excellent match at Grenoble, where we work every day to develop well-rounded horses and riders. Helen is a 2010 graduate, with honors, from The Ohio State University, where she enjoyed a full tuition scholarship for academic excellence, and graduated in just three years. Helen comes to Granville, Ohio, with her husband, Paul (a native of France), whose career as an engineer brings him to Central Ohio. Helen and Paul are joined by their dog, Bimmer, and Helen’s Belgian Warmblood, Dominion.
Pam Lloyd is Grenoble’s Instructor and Trainer Emeritus, having retired from a lifetime with horses to lovely Savannah, Georgia with her husband, Doug, in early 2013. Pam did everything there was to do with horses, starting at the Columbus Riding Club at a young age, and also training in Grenoble, France, as a teenager (hence, the namesake!). Pam turned professional in her teen years, and spent some 50 years buying, training, showing, and selling horses, and teaching riding lessons. Pam worked as an exercise rider for a Kentucky Derby-winning race horse trainer; started dozens of yearling, two-, and three-year old Thoroughbreds; showed hunters and jumpers on the “A” circuit, including to Winter Equestrian Festival championships; trained and showed some of the first
imported Warmbloods in the area; trained young riders to major equitation finals; foxhunted; evented; hunter paced; taught vaulting; drove; raised foals; and even did a brief stint working with circus horses. From 1979 through 1993, Pam ran Denison University’s riding program as a for-credit college course, and also founded the Denison University Equestrian Team, which enjoyed tremendous competitive success in the IHSA under her leadership from 1989-1993. After retiring from the Denison program, Pam later enjoyed coaching a Granville IEA team, whose alumni now populate college riding programs across the country.
Over the years, Pam taught literally thousands of students the joy of working with horses, and is known for her “soft” approach: all of Pam’s horses--lesson horses and show horses alike--go in mild snaffles on a soft rein, with no spurs, and no longeing. Pam has always advocated the need for horses to get a natural lifestyle, with ample turn out in a herd setting. Pam’s “horse first” approach is the hallmark of Grenoble’s system.
Kathy Lloyd carries on a family tradition at Grenoble, after the farm was established by her grandmother in 1960,
and the professional riding and training operations were expanded by her mother, Pam Lloyd, in 1970.
Kathy grew up on the farm, and rode, trained, and taught riding lessons from a very young age. While a junior rider,
Kathy showed hunters, foxhunted, hunter paced, and evented, but most significantly, started dozens of horses and
ponies “from scratch,” and re-trained race horses, in order to give them careers in the hunter world and the stable’s
lesson program. Kathy also assisted her mother, Pam, with pre-green horses on the “A” show circuit, helped coach
Denison University’s Equestrian Team at a number of IHSA shows, and was responsible for much of the day-to-day barn
work. Kathy is a 1994 graduate of Granville High School.
Between high school and college, Kathy groomed grand prix jumpers for a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team on the East Coast and the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. During college, Kathy continued to train young horses at Grenoble, and also served as the IHSA open division rider at The Ohio State University. Kathy spent six months studying in France during college, and rode extensively with Les Écuries du Château Galland in Besançon, France, during that time. Kathy is a 1999 graduate of Ohio State, summa cum laude, with a double major in French and English. Kathy is also a 2002 graduate, magna cum laude, of the Duke University School of Law. She returned to Central Ohio upon graduation, and continued to be an active rider at Grenoble while practicing law. Together with a team of dedicated professionals, Kathy took over Grenoble’s operations, including teaching, riding, and training, in early 2013 upon her mother's retirement. She continues to practice commercial litigation as a partner in a Columbus-based litigation boutique.
Kathy enjoys teaching riders of all ages how to communicate safely, quietly and effectively with horses and ponies, and giving kids exposure to nature, animals, and farm life. Kathy is grateful to carry on the traditions of her mother and grandmother, including with her “fourth generation” nieces and nephew, brother, and sister in law, who all ride.
Hilary Norman is the stable manager at Grenoble, and brings with her years of experience as a horse professional. Hilary has been an active participant in the Thoroughbred racing industry for many years as an exercise rider, trainer, and owner. Together with her husband Greg, Hilary has developed a number of race horses and pleasure horses over the years, managed her own barn, and served as a stable management professional for several private facilities. A compassionate, knowledgeable animal lover, Hilary is an instrumental part of the Grenoble team, helping to keep all of the animal family healthy and happy.
Grenoble is pleased to welcome back Stephanie Randles Roof. As a talented junior rider, Stephanie trained for many years with Pam Lloyd, among other mentors, enjoying success in the hunter and equitation divisions, and year-end Ohio Hunter Jumper Association awards. Stephanie is a 1993 graduate of Otterbein College, in Business Administration and Equine Science. She competed on the equestrian team at Otterbein, and won the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Regional Championship in 1993.
After graduating from Otterbein, Stephanie moved to Simsbury, Connecticut to be the Director of Riding at Folly Farm. While in Connecticut, Stephanie and her horse, Applause Applause won many Connecticut Hunter/Jumper Association awards. Upon returning to Central Ohio, Stephanie has developed a number of area riders and horses to show ring success. Stephanie and her family moved to Granville in 2013, bringing with them a small pony hunter, and joining the Grenoble family.
Stephanie has been an American Riding Instructor Association Certified Instructor since 1993. Established in 1984, the American Riding Instructor Certification Program (ARICP) is a program offered by The American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA) to recognize and certify outstanding teachers of horseback riding who instruct their students in a safe, knowledgeable and professional manner. Stephanie teaches students of all ages and abilities at Grenoble, in addition to working with green horses.
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