Brittany started riding at an early age, guided by her mother, trainer Barbara McCarthy. She was just thirteen when she began training her first Grand Prix horse, Gabelle. She received her USDF Bronze medal at age fourteen, completing her Gold medal at twenty-six. Brittany has received education from some of the best trainers in the sport. She has trained multiple Grand Prix dressage horses, and has provided instruction and guidance to riders of all levels.Her home base is the beautiful Majestic Farm in Batavia, a premier dressage barn and show facility. She is married to Zach, her high school sweetheart and biggest fan. They are the proud parents of two beautiful boys, Brady and Jesse.
USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist
Three-time Silver Medalist, NAYC
Experienced FEI competitor-CDI, Regional, and National
Two-time attendee, FEI Trainer's Conference
Successfully trained three horses to Grand Prix level
Top Ten, Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage National Championships, FEI five-year old division, 2021.
Coach of mutiple students that have achieved USDF Bronze and Silver medal status, and qualified for USDF/USEF Regional Championships
Successfully coached three riders to North American Youth Championships for USDF (Region Two)
Facilitated evaluation and purchase of many of her client’s horses, including international purchases
Brittany is challenging, inspiring, relentless and supportive. She makes me want to be my best self every time I sit in the saddle.
-Linda Burtwistle, student/owner of horses trained by Brittany
Brittany takes her time with training, making sure that both horse and rider have a solid foundation, and there is no unnecessary tension. The dressage training process is lengthy for both horse and rider, but Brittany provides supportive encouragement and guidance to create winning confidence. She has coached many of her students to USDF medal honors.
With Brittany’s guidance and support I was able to bring my OTTB along to 3rd level and earn my Silver and Bronze medals. Brittany is absolutely amazing! She has also helped me with my young mare, Derecho. We are showing successfully at 3rd level, and qualified for regionals several years in a row. We have a bright future because of Brittany. Without her patience, support, and love for the sport, I would not be where I am today. I cannot say enough for what she does for her students and their horses!
-Cassidy Deimling-Pettit, training with Brittany since 2012
Brittany relies on classical dressage principles for both training and instruction. While competition is an important part of her program, she also works to ensure that both horse and rider are set up for lifetime of success. She has trained multiple horses for some of her clients, from basic schooling to Grand Prix. She is a regular competitor on her own horses, and the horses she is training.
As a professional ballet dancer turned equestrian, I could not have found a more perfect dressage trainer! Brittany is such an inspiration to watch when riding and makes everything look easy. I look forward to every lesson with her. She challenges me to be the best rider I can be… her encouragement and support have instilled in me a greater confidence as a rider.
-Serena Hanavan, student
Brittany strives to elevate her skills as a trainer and instructor through continuing education. She is proud to consider Olympic medal winning trainer, Michael Poulin, a mentor. Michael is a national and international championship rider and trainer. He has coached some of the sport's biggest names, including other Olympians, and travels the world as a renowned clinician. Learn more about Michael Poulin here. Brittany has also worked closely with piaffe/passage master Claudio Olivera, and many other notable clinicians and high-level trainers.
I really look forward to each of my lessons with Brittany. She is helping meto become a more educated rider. Her knowledge, positive attitude, patience, and ability to explain things simply and effectively makes me want to learn more and more!”
-Wink Ritter, student
"Gabelle" (Guarantor/Wendelin) was bred, raised, and trained to Grand Prix level by Brittany. She successfully competed in Regional Championships, International CDI competition, and NAJYRC. Brittany and Gabelle “grew up” together - learning from each other, and sharing a special bond that went beyond riding. Gabelle, also known as “The Queen”, was laid to rest in November of 2022. Her impact on Brittany’s development - and place in Brittany’s heart - will always remain.
"Wow" is an Oldenburg mare (Foundation/Widmark) that Brittany purchased at the age of 8 months old in Canada. Wow began competing in 2018 and has already demonstrated impressive ability with winning results. Brittany’s goal for Wow is to ride another self-trained horse down Grand Prix centerline.
Work with Brittany
Brittany has limited availability, but special consideration is given to those interested in consistent, ongoing training with competition in mind. Trailer-in lessons are available at Brittany's home facility, Majestic Farm, in Batavia. If you are seeking your next dressage partner, Brittany is a seasoned consultant and can help find, evaluate, and facilitate purchasing, including internationally. Contact Brittany directly via phone or email for more information.