GRENOBLE STABLES LLC
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.
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.
Helen Pianca serves as our managing instructor, in addition to riding and training. 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, has her dressage judge's license, 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. 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 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.