IEA English and Western Team- Coach Alexa Sendro
Quarter Horse Show Team-Coaches Mary Jo Schroeder, Jan Reimer, & Alexa Sendro
Hunter Team- Coach Alexa Sendro
Forest Edge Farm Team (Home Shows)-Coaches: Mary Jo Schroeder, Jan Reimer & Alexa Sendro
In-House Trainer Alexa Sendro
Originally from New Jersey, Lexie has been riding since she was four years old. During her junior years, she has competed extensively on the East Coast hunter/jumper circuit, from schooling shows to AA competitions. She competed on her large pony, Frostline, from 2009 to 2012 and competed in multiple finals those four years including Zone 2 and Marshall and Sterling. She received many year-end Championships, including 2010 Zone 2 Horse of the Year.
After moving up to horses, she traveled with her trainer, Liz Perry of High Brass Farm, and has groomed and competed at many shows including Charleston SC, Fairfield CT, WEC-Ohio and Vermont. In her last junior year, she qualified for the Junior Hunter National Championships East Coast and was 4th overall in the 3'3" Junior Hunters 16-17.
Lexie also has a strong Natural Horsemanship background and has studied under great teachers such as Greg Eliel, Melanie Smith Taylor, Buck Brannaman and Lara DeLorenzo-Sims. She believes that regardless of your discipline, great horsemanship begins on the ground, enhancing your relationship with the horse.
Lexie is a 2020 graduate of the University of Findlay with a BS in Equestrian Sports Coaching and Management, a degree which she created. This degree program combines aspects of coaching and teaching human athletes, as well as courses in nutrition, training and conditioning of the equine athlete. She also completed her Associate of Arts degree in Equestrian Studies in 2018. As a senior at Findlay, she competed on the IHSA Hunt Seat team in Open Fences and Open Flat and qualified for 2020 Zone finals in Open Fences before the season was cut short. She competed at the ANRC National Hunter Championships in 2019 and IHSA Nationals in 2017 and 2018 as a part of the National Team and in 2019, placing third overall in Individual Intermediate Over Fences.
From a young age she had known that she wanted to pursue horses in college and beyond and was very successful in the Equestrian Talent Search program which prepares students for college riding. This led her to compete for the Savannah College of Art and Design Equestrian Team her freshman year of college before deciding to pursue a different career path at the University of Findlay. She has continued her education through becoming a MagnaWave certified practitioner as well.
Lexie’s passion is developing riders of all experience levels into the best riders they can be, as well as coaching them to be the best people they can be. She believes that the skills learned with caring for and riding horses parallels real life regardless of your career path. She wants to help each young rider develop their best personal self through their relationship with horses. Her main goal is to create and maintain a team that is not only talented and successful, but a family.
Mary Jo Schroeder
Visiting Trainer JoHanna Proefrock
Jo Hanna Proefrock has had a love of horses her entire life. She began riding at the age of six and was competing by the time she was seven. She competed at many local and 4-H shows as a young girl.
Jo Hanna has experience showing horses on the paint and pinto circuits. She spent many summers in Texas competing at various shows including the AjPHA Youth World Show. Jo Hanna has been awarded many honors including world champion in trail and showmanship, reserve in horsemanship and Novice Youth All Around in 2011.
Jo Hanna also has a lot of experience on the hunter/jumper circuit. She was successful in the hunters and equitation during her junior years. Her accomplishments include WHJA year-end equitation champion and reserve champion in the hunters.
Jo Hanna is a 2017 graduate of the University of Findlay where she graduated with a double major in English Equestrian Studies – Hunter/ Jumper Emphasis and Business Management. During her time at Findlay she competed on the varsity IHSA hunt seat team all four years with great success. She had the opportunity to travel to Germany and participate in a three-week international riding program that consisted of dressage, show jumping and classroom sessions. After completing the program, she was awarded her small bronze performance medal.
Jo Hanna enjoys teaching riders of all ages and abilities. She believes in creating a strong foundation based on equitation and confidence for all riders. In her spare time, Jo Hanna loves to spend time with her dog and her horse, Ademaro.
Visiting Trainer Matt Arias
Matt Arias has been involved with the horse industry since he was a child. He had the opportunity to ride with many different instructors in the hunter and jumper disciplines as well as basic western riding and dressage growing up.
Matt decided to pursue his passion for horses and graduated from Cazenovia College with a BPS in Management with a specialization in Equine Business Management in May 2014. During his time at Caz, Matt was very involved with the equine program and rode varsity on the Equestrian Team showing in the western horsemanship classes. In 2013, he was the IHSA Zone II Region II Reserve Champion in Novice Horsemanship advancing to the IHSA Western Semi-Finals held in Syracuse, NY. Matt placed 5th at this competition and made it to Top 15 in the country for the Novice Horsemanship Division. During his time at Caz, he learned and was about to ride reining horses which is his favorite discipline.
In the summer of 2013, Matt had the opportunity to be one of two summer Performance Department Interns at the American Paint Horse Association. He played a huge role in the preparation, planning, execution, and follow-up of the 2013 AjPHA Youth World Championship Horse Show. Matt has also interned with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County, aiding in the research of the horse industry of Central New York. From the fall of 2014 to early spring of 2017, Matt worked in sales and operations at Weatherbeeta USA. He worked internally with the Key Accounts, Midwest, and Northeast Territories. He loved being a part of the Weatherbeeta Team and learned a lot about the wholesale and distribution of equestrian goods and products. In March of 2017 Matt embarked on a new adventure and was hired as the Director of Breeders’ Trust/ Breeders’ Futurity at the American Paint Horse Association in Fort Worth, Texas.
Matt started at Forest Edge Farm in the fall of 2014. He taught lessons on Sundays and the occasional clinic. He also coached at home horse shows. Even with Matt in Texas, he will continue to teach a select number of clinics and lessons when he is home in NJ for holidays and vacations throughout the year. He has a background in the hunters and jumpers, and equitation, western horsemanship, reining, basic dressage, and some driving. Matt has enjoyed his time at Forest Edge so much that he will always stay a member of the team! “The Forest Edge Farm Family truly is one of a kind. Mary Jo, Ursula, and Bill have developed an exceptional facility. Even though I am halfway across the country, Forest Edge will always be home. Thank you for becoming family these last three years.”
American Paint Horse Association
Director Breeders’ Trust/ Breeders’ Futurity