Andre Dignelli - Owner/Trainer
In 1987, he joined Judy Richter at Coker Farm—where he was a working student in his final junior years and with whom he had won the 1985 USET Finals. In his time there, Andre represented the U.S. on one of Judy's horses, Gaelic, and won the bronze medal at the 1991 Pan American Games in Cuba. That same year, he trained his first national equitation final winner, Peter Lutz, who took top honors at both the Rolex USET Show Jumping Talent Search—East and in the Rolex ASPCA Maclay Final.
Since then, Andre has coached numerous equitation, hunter and jumper champions at all the nation's top shows. His program at Heritage Farm has influenced the careers of international show jumpers Kent Farrington and Kirsten Coe.
As Andre has said, his horses and riders can win in the hunter, equitation and jumper rings - and often do. To date Andre has a career total of 29 National Equitation Final Winners.
With all of the success Heritage Farm's riders has received it is clear that Andre and Heritage Farm's program is one that can help create a winning well rounded rider.
Patricia Griffith - Trainer
Patricia Griffith first came to Heritage as a working student in 1997 and that year rode to the Reserve Championship at the USET Finals. In the Hunter Ring she was won four USHJA International Derbies. She has been the Leading Hunter Rider at the Hamptons as well as Old Salem Farm and was the winner of the World Champion Hunter Professional Challenge at Capital Challenge Horse Show. With Championships at every major show she has also won the $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix. She enjoys working with young horses and has produced a few Grand Prix Horses along the way. She won the 6-year-old YJC Finals at the Hamptons and ribboned in numerous Grand Prix Including Pfizer Million, the Harrisburg Big Jump and World Cup Qualifier in Southampton. In her work as a trainer, Patricai has coached over 11 USEF Pony Finals Championships, Five USEF Pony Medal Finals winners and has won the Emerson Burr Perpetual Trainers Award Five times. Patricia holds her USEF "R" judges license and enjoys judging a couple shows each year.
Laena Romond - Trainer
Originally from Colchester, Vt., Laena Romond grew up showing in equitation, junior hunters and junior jumpers under Fran Joe and Annie Dotoli at Ox Ridge Hunt Club. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College (cum Laude in biochemistry), Laena also competed on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association circuit, and as a freshman, she won the coveted USEF/Cacchione Cup. 2007 marked her first year working as part of the Heritage team .
Dottie Barnwell-Areson - Trainer
Dottie Barnwell-Areson joined the Heritage team in 2007 and spent three years on on-the-road manager. In 2010, she became one of the farm’s assistant trainers, and she spends the majority of her time working with riders in the short stirrup and children’s hunters, and putting in extra time to help Medal/Maclay-bound students garner their final points in order to qualify.
Geoffrey Hesslink - Trainer