IEA Head Coach Deanna Lombardi
Hunt Seat Over Fences/Equitation Coach Raegan Oake
Hunt Seat Equitation Coach Deanna Lombardi
Western Coach Deanna Lombardi
Quarter Horse Show Team Coaches
Mary Jo Schroeder and Deanna Lombardi
Forest Edge Farm Team (Home Shows) Coaches:
Mary Jo Schroeder
Mary Jo Schroeder
Visiting 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.