KAYLA FICKER

Kayla was born and raised in St. Louis. She has ridden for 20 + years and shown both Hunters and Jumpers. Kayla graduated from Baylor University in 2013 with a BSFCS in Family and Consumer Sciences and Secondary Education. While at Baylor, she was a 4-year member of their NCEA Equestrian Team, winning Big 12 Championships in 2010 and Hunt Seat National Championships in 2012. Before joining our team in March 2019, Kayla spent 6 years as a high school teacher at Francis Howell High School, while also earning a Master's Degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology. She is married, loves being a mom to her daughter PJ, and has three dogs at home. 


Katie Jaeger

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We take great pride in the reputation we have developed over our almost 20  years of operation. Please
take a moment to learn about the experiences people just like you have enjoyed with us!

“My daughter Addison has been riding at Great Griffin Farm for multiple years now. Katie is a wonderful teacher and will meet each child at their level. Not only has Addie learned to ride well, but she has also learned how to tack and groom. She loves going every week and could stay out there all day!" - Jenn Sullivan, 2021

Gabie Kloha

Gabie grew up in St. Louis and has shown in both hunters and jumpers. She joined our Team in August 2020 after graduating from William Woods University  with a Bachelor of Science in both Equestrian Science and Equestrian Administration. Gabie has worked at equine facilities across the country and also has experience in other disciplines including dressage and eventing.

"Amanda and Ublesse" 

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Nicholle Leigh

Nicholle began riding when she was 13 years old while living in Michigan. Her experience includes riding on the United States Equestrian Young Rider’s Eventing team from 1989-1992, and learning from some of the industry’s best.  She rode, trained, and competed out of her family's facility, and trained with Olympic medalists Karen Lende O'Connor and David O'Connor, Bruce Stephenson, and Stephen Bradley. While on the USET Young Rider’s Team, Nicholle and her horse Irish King (a 17.3 Clydesdale/Saddlebred cross) made it to the 3- Day Eventing preliminary level in Bromont, Canada. Nicholle is married to her husband John of 22 years and is a mother of 4. She joined our Team in spring of 2020 and specializes in supplemental lessons for our show clients. 

"Great Griffin Farm has provided our daughter with a fantastic equestrian experience. She started here at a young age and has learned the fundamentals of horse care and riding that have allowed her to continue to grow and develop the skills necessary to support her riding goals. The experienced training staff are skilled, supportive, and know how to work with each individual rider to provide tailored training and instruction. Our daughter's growth and success continues to amaze us and I'm so thankful for our experience at Great Griffin Farm!" - Shalyn Gregory, 2021 

"We love Great Griffin! Not only has our daughter acquired great horsemanship and riding skills, but she has developed an unbelievable work ethic and confidence via the Working Student program that will benefit her throughout her life. As a bonus, she has met many amazing friends that share her love of horses. Great Griffin cares for their horses and the safety of their riders, and has amazing instructors that will challenge and build confidence in every student."  - Amanda Eigel, 2021

Katie was born and raised in Oklahoma. She has been riding hunters & jumpers since 2003 and has competed in both disciplines. She joined our team in January 2017 after graduating from William Woods University with a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Science & Social Work, along with a minor in Equestrian Administration. Katie is the director of our riding academy,  camps, and working student programs. 



“My vision for Great Griffin Farm was to create a place for people who enjoy riding and
love horses. I am fortunate to work with great trainers, wonderful clients and top-quality
horses, which makes our place special!”

~ Amanda Hudspeth Tyarks ~

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I founded Great Griffin Farm in April of 2002 with my  Father, Edwin Hudspeth.

Our goal was to operate a top-notch equestrian center in the heart of the midwest where we could share our passion and our love of horses, as well as offer excellent care, training and coaching for all our athletes - horse and human alike! I believe whether you are competing at the National level or are a novice who is passionate about the sport, you will find there is a place for both horse and rider to grow and reach their goals at Great Griffin.

I love working with my students, sharing my knowledge and experiences to help them achieve their goals both in and out of the show ring.