Regina Esterman, Ph.D
Owner / Manager
After earning an A.S. degree in Horse Science from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in 2000, and a B.S. degree in Equine Science from Colorado State University, Regina came to Gainesville, Florida to pursue graduate work in Animal Sciences at the University of Florida. She completed a M.S. degree in Reproductive Physiology in 2006 and a Ph.D. degree in the Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology Program in 2010.
Regina began showing horses in 4-H and Pony Club in Ohio, taking entries to the Ohio State Fair twice. At Colorado State she was a member of the polo team and interned at Royal Vista Equine reproductive center. Upon coming to Florida, Regina embarked on her first farm venture, operating Shady Grove Farm, a small boarding and training facility.
Eclipse Sporthorses LLC was created to encompass the existing boarding and training services, offer greater leasing opportunities, and better promote the expanding sporthorse breeding program. Opened in 2011, Haile Equestrian has allowed Regina and Eclipse Sporthorses LLC to expand and serve a greater number of Gainesville clients. The farms grew again in 2017, with the opening of a third location in nearby Archer. Today, Regina and her husband, Mauricio, operate three farms in the Gainesville area that are home to around 100 horses.
Nadine was born and raised in South Africa, and moved to the United States at 13 years old. Her passion for horses started with her mom, who is a horsewoman for over 40 years. Because of this, Nadine has been riding since before she could walk.
In South Africa, Nadine competed in Dressage, Equitation, and Vaulting. She earned Provincial Colors for Limpopo 5 times, once for Dressage and 4 times for Vaulting. In 2012, she competed the Africa Vaulting Cup, and placed in the top 5 of her division.
Once she moved to the United States, Nadine started as a working student and competed in local shows in Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation. Now, she owns a Quarter Horse named Finn who you’ll see in the barn. Before starting at Haile Equestrian, Nadine worked as a Veterinary Technician at an animal hospital.
Nadine’s fundamental of teaching is based on what horse trainer Monty Roberts said in his autobiography: “It is the teacher’s duty to create an environment in which a student can learn.” She has seen this philosophy work with students, but also with horses.
Jane-Ashe has been riding since the age of 3. Her primary love is eventing, where she has been competing at the Novice level regularly for 6 years. She has many Top Ten finishes at events in Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee, all completing with her self-trained off the track Thoroughbred. She also has experience in hunter/jumper, western, and Thoroughbred racing and sales prep.
After working in healthcare compliance, she has switched gears to pursue her dream of making horses her career. Jane-Ashe loves all aspects of horses, people, and teaching them to learn together. Her teaching philosophy is “if you’re willing to learn, I’m ready to teach you”. Her teachings are based in proper horsemanship, creating confidence, and continuous education for herself and her students.
Loch has touched nearly every corner of the horse world. They started riding at 9 years old, quickly moving up to professional training at Far West Farms in California where they used to live. There, they competed in hunter, jumper, and equitation moving up to the 3’ competition level. Throughout high school, they were a United States Equestrian Federation Varsity Lettered Athlete and often worked at Special Spirit, an equine therapy center dedicated to helping people with emotional, mental, or physical disabilities. They have deep horsemanship knowledge, which lead them to compete nationally at the United States Hunter Jumper Association Horsemanship Quiz Challenge in Ohio in 2017.
Loch also trained in dressage, competing for their high school, Viewpoint, where they captained the Interscholastic Equestrian League team for 3 years out of their 5 participating and won the Horsemanship Award and the Senior Award in 2019 . Loch also competed for Far West Farm’s Interscholastic Equestrian Association team, earning the esteemed Sportsmanship Award multiple times at the regional level and second place nationally in 2018.
This experience lead them to work at horse camps teaching English and Western riding. Upon entering Cornell University, they were accepted onto the Varsity Polo NCAA D1 Team.
Loch is happy to teach anyone and everyone, no matter age, background, or future goals. Whether you are interested in polo and western riding, or want to jump and learn equitation, Loch is happy to teach you. They are very helpful to anyone facing any barriers they want to overcome.
(returning Summer 2021)
Christie has been riding horses since she was one year old and has been showing since she was three. She grew up on South Florida’s A circuit and fun shows. She specializes in hunters and jumpers. As a junior at the University of Florida, she is working towards her degree in Business Administration. She currently competes at the 3’9 - 4 ft level jumpers and is looking for her Grand Prix horse.
Christie’s goal is to teach students the mechanics, etiquette, and class of the jumper world while providing a fun learning environment. She has be training for several years and has experienced clients of all ages, needs, and ability levels. She has exceptional experience with training off the track Thoroughbreds and young warmbloods in need of a confidence boost.
(not accepting new students at this time)
Shelby is a Juris Doctor Candidate at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Shelby has ridden throughout most of her life. As a young rider, she rode competitively in the Alabama 4-H Program, where she was the State Dressage Champion and placed in the Top Ten at the Southern Regional Championship. She then attended Sweet Briar College, which is renown for its prestigious riding program. While at Sweet Briar, Shelby competed in hunter paces, equitation over fences, and eventing. She has a passion for teaching and specializes in the American hunter/jumper forward riding system.