HALLIEA MILNER

GWIF OWNER

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.

 

Our Staff

Meg Bower - Advanced Instructor


Meg grew up like many horse-crazy girls – dreaming of horses all the time and working around the barn in exchange for additional riding time. Her first formal riding education was in the hunter/jumper world and continued into college where she rode for and was captain of Georgia Tech’s IHSA Team. Upon graduation, Meg began a career in Investment Banking and began riding with Halliea Milner of Go With It Farm. Halliea introduced Meg to the sport of Eventing and Meg has been hooked ever since! In 2013, Meg left her career in finance to pursue a career working with horses full time. She then relocated to Charleston, SC for several years where she spent time working for USDF Silver Medalist, Michelle Folden and managing an Eventing riding academy at Middleton Place Equestrian Center. Meg is thrilled to be back in Georgia and re-join Go With It Farm as an instructor! Meg aspires to be a life long student and has had the opportunity to ride with some fabulous teachers including George Morris, Doug Payne, Sinead Halpin, Allison Springer, Dom Schramm, and Kim Walnes. Meg is an upbeat and encouraging instructor – she loves helping her students refine their skills both in the saddle and in the barn to become strong and effective equestrians. Meg has experience working with students of all ages and experience levels. Her love of all things horse is contagious and she aims to create an atmosphere where anyone who loves horses can thrive.




Heather Norman - Pike 13 Coordinator/ Book Keeper


Have a billing question or need help with Pike13? Heather is your go-to gal! Heather has been horse crazy since she could walk. She started riding horses at age 11 in her hometown of Durham, North Carolina. She has been riding at GWIF for 6 years and has the honor of owning two horses, Dolce and Fox, both of whom you will see around campus! Heather has been a bookkeeper for 12 years, and in her spare time enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her dog.




The Horses


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.




Leaha Artalona - Beginner Instructor


At the age of thirteen, Leaha knew she was home the moment she took her first riding lesson. The transition to ‘barn rat’ was almost instantaneous, and she spent endless hours trying to soak in all aspects of horse management and training. No chore was too hard or horse too green if it meant she got to spend more time at the barn! Her riding career began in the barrel racing world on a variety of inexperienced horses, and Leaha credits her determination and interest in a challenge to this start! After college Leaha dabbled in the Hunters, but her first formal Eventing instruction began at Go With It Farms. Once she went cross-country for the first time, there was no doubt in her mind that Eventing was the sport for her! Leaha currently rides under the regular instruction of Meg Bowers and Halliea Milner, but has also been given the opportunity to participate in clinics with Olympian, Phillip Dutton; five-star eventer, Werner Geven; and USDF Silver Medalist, Cynthia Thaxton. She is passionate about her continued riding education and is constantly looking for more opportunities to learn and grow. Leaha loves working with new riders that are just starting out on their equestrian journey, helping them gain confidence both in and out of the saddle. With a strong focus on correct and effective riding, Leaha’s goal is to provide her riders the building blocks they need to progress in their riding careers in a fun, safe, but always challenging environment!