Halliea Milner began riding as a tween in 1994 – and from day one she was hooked. To get to one of her very first riding lessons, she rode her bike 4 miles through Woodstock in the August heat so that she wouldn’t miss her chance to ride. She arrived there only to find lessons had been cancelled due to the extreme heat! (maybe that’s why her parents wouldn’t take her that day? 😉) And that never phased her in the least – she was ready for the next opportunity to ride!!
Halliea started in hunters as a kid, but always dreamed of being an eventer. The adventure of the open riding was something she couldn’t resist. Before she began eventing as an adult, she dedicated a year to flat work only, where she was able to learn, along with her favorite horse, Classy, the basics of dressage. Once she felt she could get around the sand box, she delved into the eventing world, with her hunter/dressage coach, dear friend and mentor Chris Elliott in tow.
Besides eventing, Halliea enjoys the challenge of tricky horses, and as such has become a go-to person of sorts for people that need solutions for horses that are misbehaving. She finds that horses are almost never inherently mean spirited – usually they are just trying to tell us something. If we listen close enough, we can hear them tell us what’s going on. And if we are ambitious enough to attempt to address the issue, usually an amazing partner can be found hiding within.
When it comes to education, Halliea considers herself to be a life long student of the sport. She has trained with a myriad of world-renowned professionals and Olympians – George Morris, Conrad Schomaker, Jimmy Wofford are just a small sampling. She currently works regularly with Doug Payne, Phillip Dutton and Werner & Marjolein Geven. She credits Tawn Edwards, her dear friend and mentor, as a her true guide to the eventing world – Tawn has not only been an incredible friend to have, but she has also helped open doors for Halliea, as well as shape Halliea’s vision of what eventing truly means
If you would like to speak with Halliea, she can be reached at 404-538-5113.
Meg Bower - Advanced Instructor
Sarah Fick - Intermediate Instructor
Madison Benicky - Riding Instructor
Madison is a passionate instructor and trainer with an eye for detail and a strong focus in quality horsemanship; both in and out of the saddle. She feels that this focus builds both a solid foundation and competitive edge.
Leslie Wanner - Pike 13 Coordinator/ Book Keeper
Have a billing question or need help with Pike13? Leslie is your go-to gal. She has been our resident bookkeeper for 5 years and knows the ins and outs of how GWIF billing works. Not only is she our bookkeeper but also a riding student as well. And when Leslie isn't at the barn riding or working on bookkeeping stuff, she is enjoys jewelry making, playing with her 3 dogs and working out.
At GWIF, the horses are the real MVPs. We love our horses and their endless patience and knowledge they give us. Our lesson horses come to us from all walks of life - some are Halliea’s and Sidnee’s previous competition horses, some are kill pen rescues, some are retired Grand Prix Jumpers or Upper Level Eventers, some were deemed throw aways or “unmanageable” by others. Each has their own special gift to give - some are patient walk/trot teachers, some teach you how to ride fence defensively, some teach you how to use your leg, some teach you how to use your weight aids, the list is endless. With our star string of lesson horses, you can be sure you will have a great partner to learn just what you need to learn at the time.