About Us

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Avid equestrian Catherine Ruh and QRF manager Timothy Ruh couldn't imagine a better life than living together at Quiet Rein Farm. With a strong passion for animals and farm life, QRF is their pride and joy and they wouldn't have it any other way. Since Quiet Rein Farm opened its doors for business in 2017, they have worked hard to develop a community that operates much like a family, sharing a passion for horses amongst one another and also serving as a place of friendship and camaraderie. Both Tim and Catherine look forward to watching this special community grow.

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Catherine Ruh | Barn Manager/Owner & Head Trainer

Catherine Ruh 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.      

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Timothy Ruh | Property & Road 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. Aside from being our "Mr. Fix-It", Tim plays an integral part in our show horses' travel, as he handles all the farm's shipping needs and coordinates all the moving parts for us during show season. 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.

Staff

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Mattie Harris | Community Riding Director & Trainer

Mattie specializes in teaching, training, and keeping things running smoothly. She is excellent with riders and horses of all different ages and abilities, and loves to help each of her students set and reach goals. 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.

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Brienne Saraceno | Camp Director & IEA Team Manager

Brienne is an up and coming school teacher, having just completed her Master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport. As Director of our summer camp program and Manager of our IEA team, she is a key member of our team. Brienne has been riding for 15 years and is actively showing in Adult Equitation. Since a young age she has had a love of horses and strives to inspire that passion and energy in the riders she assists. She truly enjoys working with children and works diligently to help them succeed in their pursuit of riding.   

Come Ride With Us

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Ann Jamieson | Teaching Staff

  

We feel incredibly lucky to have the well-known judge and equestrian professional, Ann Jamieson  as a part of our teaching staff. Ann has been riding since she was five years old, learning her basics from a Maclay finalist. As an Adult Amateur showing in the Amateur Owner Hunters and Equitation, she rode with Patrick Rice, Bill Warren, Stacie Shepski, Jimmy Toon, and Kip Rosenthal. She competed at Devon with her OTTB Fred Astaire, who she got as a three-year-old off the track. They also qualified for the Adult Amateur Dressage Championships. One of the TBs she trained went on to become one of the top Intermediate Level event horses in the country, and was featured in the Chronicle of the Horse. Another one she sold through Canadian Olympic event rider Stuart Young Black, who deemed the horse of “international caliber,” while others went on to excel in dressage or become hunter pace/trail horses. Ann started her “Ask the Judge” clinics this year and they have been very successful, getting rave reviews. She enjoys doing them so much that she has now added teaching to her judging and training duties. She also writes for various equine publications and writes and sells ads for The Plaid Horse. Fred Astaire is semi-retired now, enjoying the endless trails at his new home. 

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Kerri Cavanaugh | Teaching Staff

Say something interesting about Kerri has been riding and working with horses for 20 years and was a member of the UConn Equestrian Team, Dressage, and Western Teams. She previously taught for Magnolia Run Equestrian Center. It was at this time that she was introduced into the world of Eventing. With a strong background in equitation, as an instructor Kerri emphasizes the importance of proper riding position to help both horse and rider succeed in all disciplines. She is currently attending Law School at Quinnipiac University. In her free time, Kerri enjoys sharing her passion with other eager riders of all ages.your business here.