Our Team

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 over 60 horses.

Shelby Benny

Riding Instructor

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. 

Gabbie Robilotto

Riding Instructor / Horse Trainer

Gabbie is the definition of an equestrian, her passion for horses shows in each lesson. Gabbie has over 20 years of riding experience, she is well versed in english and western pleasure riding, showmanship, equitation, hunters, jumpers, dressage and at liberty and has been trained by world-renowned trainers in the US, UK and Costa Rica.

Gabbie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Equine Studies. She has experience with equine veterinary care and nutrition research  in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.

Gabbie believes in the importance of focusing  on riding foundations and creating strong connections between the horse and rider both under saddle and on the ground.

Gabbie began training horses at 13 years old and trains the young horses at Haile and at our sister property Eclipse Sporthorses.

Emily Genesi

Riding Instructor

Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Emily has been riding horses since she was 6 years old and has competed in shows across the east coast of the United States. 

Emily has a passion for horses and believes that it is important for her students to learn horsemanship from the ground up. Safety is her #1 priority. Emily believes strongly in celebrating every success, no matter how small, and can often be seen cheering her students on during their lessons

Emily enjoys teaching hunters, jumpers and basic equitation to all riders and specialises in teaching people with disabilities; including mental, emotional, psychological or physical.

When she is not at the barn, you will often find Emily at our sister facility, Eclipse Sporthorses, with her Thoroughbred gelding, Red.