Aldie, VA – NOVA Equestrian Center (NEC) management has named local upper-level eventer and trainer Lisa Apted as Director of the Equestrian Training Center.
Lisa will manage the day-to-day operations including creating and implementing training programs based on horse and rider needs, abilities, and goals. She will offer private lessons for training boarders as well as ship-in customers and she will serve as the team leader for daily and on-going horse health, nutrition, and turn-out programs coupled with facility management. Additionally, she will oversee the launch of the NOVA Equine Fitness Center and further build-out of the property.
She aims to create a training facility dedicated to supporting active athletes of varied disciplines and levels. Her multidisciplinary approach and dedication to further developing rider and horse pairs provides the basis of this unique program. Underscoring the program's belief in advancing any athlete, look for regular guest trainers, outside clinicians, and other industry experts to augment the athlete's training program.
Lisa brings an impressive resume to the team, having worked with many top riders and trainers including Olympic Gold Medalist Leslie Law, Lainey Ashker, and Donna Gatchell. She’s managed several upper-level show barns and is fully committed to providing a positive and supportive learning experience and atmosphere to the new NOVA Equestrian Training Center at NEC.
NEC owner Paula Joyce said recently, “We are so fortunate to have Lisa join our staff and serve as its inaugural Director. She’s an amazing equestrian with an impressive background. She is without a doubt the perfect fit for launching our training and fitness centers. Best of all, she's super friendly, likable, approachable, and professional. We know that she will take exemplary care of the horses and riders. We’re excited to have her and her expertise at the lead.”
Located at the former StoneGate Stables property, NOVA Equestrian Center (NEC) has been undergoing necessary and extensive renovations since the change of ownership in May 2021. NEC is a world class facility for top riders and horses, and home to both the NOVA Equestrian Training Center and NOVA Equine Fitness Center. Opening in December 2021, NEC will soon be a premier Northern Virginia destination for all things equestrian.