About Us

Catherine Maher | Owner & Head Trainer

Catherine Maher began riding at age six and has known since her first ride on a pony then she would become a professional in the horse industry. Catherine believes that a strong foundation of flat work and maintaining a proper connection with the horse leads to success in whatever ring the rider aims to compete.   Catherine enjoys training young horses and helping clients continue to grow and progress in their riding career.  Catherine spent the past four years as head trainer at Fox Crossing Equestrian, where she coached dozens of hunter/jumper and equitation riders to qualify for and compete successfully at CHJA and CHSA Finals. Catherine got her start in the industry as a working student for several seasoned professionals including David Wilbur at Folly Farm and Shachine Belle at Belle Equestrian.

Catherine earned her bachelor of science in Animal Science with a minor in Equine Business Management at the University of Connecticut where she was captain of the Equestrian Team. While at school, she helped start an IEA program based out of UConn where she coached and managed the team in its first successful year. As a junior rider, Catherine showed in the High Children’s Jumpers and Large Junior Hunters throughout New England and Florida. She qualified multiple times for National Junior Hunter, Marshall & Sterling, NEHC, NEHJ Derby, and in CHJA finals.      

Mattie Harris | Assistant

We would like to officially welcome Mattie Harris to our staff!
Mattie will be an assistant to Catherine teaching, training, and keeping things running smoothly. Like Catherine, Mattie is a UConn Alumni. She has been riding since age 6 and is a well-rounded horsewoman, having ridden in almost every discipline including Hunters, Jumpers, Dressage, Western, Polo, and Eventing. At UConn, Mattie was Captain of the Drill Team and trained many of the up and coming youngsters. Her positive upbeat attitude and emphasis on a strong foundation in proper flatwork bring out the best in her horses and riders, and we are thrilled to be welcoming her to Team QRF.

Timothy Ruh | Property Manager

Tim is the farm's "right hand man" for all things related to the property. Graduating from Connecticut College in 2010, he soon thereafter got back to his roots in Litchfield County, where he worked in property management, land clearing, and landscaping. Tim maintains our property, ensuring everything onsite is cared for and working as it should. Outside of managing our beautiful farm, Tim is also an EMT with Washington Ambulance and the Lead Coach of the U12 Division on the Mohawk Mountain Alpine Race Team.