Judy Hartman grew up in Grass Valley, CA. She has been riding horses since she was 4 years old. When she was 9 she joined the 4-H club in Nevada County, CA, where she was introduced to a dressage trainer named Lucy Parker who became her mentor. She still to this day rides with Lucy. Judy's dressage career is mostly bringing horses up through 4th level then selling before she gets to FEI.
A few years later she met another trainer, Leslie Deutsch. Leslie was involved with the local Pony Club and got Judy interested in jumping. As a teen she began showing in the Junior Jumpers and evented through training level.
Her senior year she moved to Reno and in 1995 she joined the Marine Corp. She was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, her first year. Then she was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. She missed horses so she found a local barn and started giving lessons. She had around 10 students that showed competitively at the local shows.
In 1998 she went to England and represented the United States Marine Corp Equestrian Team, where she competed in Service Show Jumping and Tent Pegging. Judy or then Cpl Hartman was the first and only female ever to represent the USMC in such and event.She left the Marine Corps in 1999 and went to work as a barn manager at an event barn in Southern Pines, NC where she helped with the local 4-H Club and Pony Club. She has brought many horses along to be competitive show horses and gained a reputation for working with difficult horses.Judy moved to Gardnerville, NV in 2001 and ran her own barn for two years. She had a few horses in training and students who were mostly Pony Club kids. She had a successful resale business, where she brought in thoroughbreds and resold them to the local pony clubbers or other local barns.
Judy and her two girls now reside on Milestone Farm.
After moving to Texas, Judy worked a few farms. In 2005 Judy moved to Driftwood and started Milestone Farm. Judy and a few of her students competed in Area V (United States Eventing Association). In 2012 Judy got divorced and wanted to grow her business. She changed the farm name to Milestone riding Academy. That is when she found the amazing farm where she is now. Since, then Judy and her students have competed all over Texas and Louisiana. Judy and Rhythm and Blues (a client’s horse). Competed at the American Eventing Championships in 2015 where they were holding the 4th
place spot until both horse and rider had a fall in stadium. Judy has now added a new project to her farm. She has started an international boarding house, mostly girls from South America.
Judy teaches kids and adults of all ages, and specializes in young children. Get your child started on the right foot and contact Judy today.