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.
Kylie comes from a family of horsemen, raised around horses and barrel races. She started in leadline divisions and has always found horses fascinating. She has a bachelors degree from University of Florida in Animal Sciences with an Equine emphasis.
Kylie has experience riding and teaching in both english and western disciplines and loves helping riders of all ages and skills. She began working with hunter/jumpers in her senior year of high school. She currently competes in speed series, including barrel racing and pole bending in her free time. She spearheaded Haile Equestrian’s first group lessons dedicated to western speed events and it is a hit with the students!
Baylee has been consistently in the saddle since age 6 and has over twelve years of rigorous under-saddle experience. Raised in Gainesville, Baylee began her equestrian career in High Springs with Molly Cobb at Pony Paddock at Cedar Lane, forming a well-rounded approach to horsemanship based on safety, precision, and a bond between horse and rider. She competed throughout adolescence, from short stirrup and walk/trot as a child, up to advanced equitation, hunter/jumper, and baby green divisions. She even initiated her own chapter of Pony Club as a high school freshman, bringing the sport of horses to her school where it had never existed before.
As a young adult, Baylee worked with young and green horses for a number of years, which she attributes to her ability to approach and ride horses of varying temperaments. As an adult, Baylee trained and competed in jumpers under Erin Kavanaugh at SAGE eventing, located in Pine Mountain GA, before returning to Florida to continue her career.
For three years, Baylee also worked as a volunteer with GREAAT- Gainesville’s Equine Assisted Therapy with Brooke Lucas, a PATH certified riding instructor. Here she learned how to instruct equine activities to enhance the physical, cognitive, and social well being of people with special needs.
Baylee is proud to have earned her degree in Agricultural Education and Communication with a specialization in Communication & Leadership Development from the University of Florida in 2020. She plans to continue her career in the equine world and use her knowledge to communicate to students the joy, art, and bond of true horsemanship.”
Meghan graduated from Santa Fe College with a degree in Child Psychology, and a minor in Equine Management. She acquired her Veterinary technician certification at the age of 24. Her dad is an Equine Veterinarian who introduced her passion and love for horses from a very young age. Her riding career started at the age of 5, and continues on a daily basis. She has competed in both english and western disciplines throughout the years, and has a high appreciation for retaining the skill sets she has learned. She has worked with Stirrups and Strides, which is a non-profit for kids with mental and physical disabilities. She has competed in the Mustang Makeover, training a wild caught Mustang. Her passion and dedication to see kids and adults achieve their goals, while enjoying the horses, is what brings her joy.
Marissa’s love of horses began as early as she can remember. She has been an equestrian for over 20 years and began her riding career with Full Partners Farm at the age of 5, where she was on the show circuit regularly. With Full Partners Farm, she took her first pony all the way to the State show in Tallahassee. She later joined 4-H where she had two mounts qualify for the Area-B State qualifier. She grew up competing in various disciplines from Western pleasure to Hunter/Jumper, Dressage and even Rodeo Games. Marissa has ridden with a diverse selection of instructors which has given her the foundation she uses to assist her in sharing her knowledge and love of horses with others.
Throughout her experiences Marissa has learned that riding is ultimately about the bond between horse & Rider. As Winston Churchill once said “No hour of life is lost, that is spent in the saddle”.
Micah has been riding since she was 6 years old. She is an experienced rider in a variety of disciplines, including barrel racing, reining, and hunter/jumpers. She has competed extensively the last 10 years in barrel racing. Micah was also president of her counties 4-H Horse club for three years, and she also qualified for the area, state, and regional 4-H horse shows. She believes that all riders should have a good foundation of horsemanship to progress as a rider. She enjoys teaching all riders, disciplines, and skill levels.
Brooke has loved horses for as long as she can remember, and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others. She’s competed, groomed and taught at the international, national and local level of dressage. She has her USDF Bronze and Silver medals, and has competed for the United States several times on multiple horses for competitions all over North America. She also has her C1 rating from the United States Pony club, and as such, has a vast understanding of all things horses. She loves to teach juniors to foster the next generation of horse lovers through riding and education.