Ingleside owner and trainer Heather Boodey grew up on a farm and with horse trainers as parents, has ridden her whole life. As a child, she rode at Richlon Farms in Ohio, before moving to North Carolina, where she had horses with Johnny Lucas and Claude Shiflet. She began showing at the age of eight on her pony, Fireball Dixie. Heather gained experience as a child working at her parents’ barn and as a teenager also worked for Johnny Lucas. Following high school, she spent a summer working for Nelson Green and after her family’s Raleigh farm was sold, spent a year at Redwing Farm in Illinois with Billy Greenwell. After attending college at East Carolina University, Heather took over her parents’ Ingleside Farm business in 1991.
Some of her accomplishments include winning the Ladies Five-Gaited at North Carolina State Championship with CH My Korbel, the Roadster Pony at North Carolina State Fair with CH Zildjian, and showing Sports Night as a 3-year-old gaited horse to a top ribbon at Lexington Junior League. More recently, she and Heartland High Interest were the Junior Harness Pony Reserve World Champion of Champions. Some of the notable horses Heather has trained include WC Oh Santana, WC Oh By George, WC CH Zildjian, CH My Korbel, CH First Asset, CH What’s The Whoopla, CH Future Treasure, Mahvalous Asset, Court Dance, Douglas Fairbanks, Kitty Thomson, Enchanted Dance, Justa Kid At Heart and Sports Night.
Megan Whitby got an early start on her equestrian career, as she began riding and driving a Shetland pony on her grandparents’ farm at the age of four. Her saddle seat riding career started at the age of seven, and her first riding instruction took place at Tara Manor Farm in Nashville, NC, where she studied under Carol Gardiner. Showing at mostly local shows in the Coastal Plains area, Megan had her proudest junior exhibitor moment when she won all three of her classes and earned Reserve High Point honors for that day at the 1993 NC State Fair Youth Day in her final show as a juvenile rider. Megan began working at Ingleside Farm in 2004 and in her first show as a professional she took reserve with a junior pleasure horse she owned.
Megan has also specialized in the training of Hackney ponies and is very proud to have been part of CH Zildjian’s three World’s Championship titles and one National Championship while he achieved his CH status. In recent years, she has started a young Hackney pony, which she showed as a junior road pony. She currently shows Roadrunner in the Open Road Pony division and as recently as 2013 earned a fourth-place ribbon with WC CH Zildjian in a very competitive qualifying class at the World's Championship in Louisville.