WHO WE ARE…
The dynamic duo of Victoria and Amanda Cole run Baker Creek Farm Equestrian Center. Their passion for horses, their clients, and this sport is evident in every aspect of their business. Together they have built a multidimensional business that strives to provide a program for the equestrian in everyone, be it a child’s first encounter with a horse at a birthday party, riding lesson, or horse camp, or their first horse show or National title. They believe so strongly in the positive effect horses can have on a person’s life, that they strive to share that to all who desire to experience it.
We have a combined 50 years of experience in the equine industry and throughout the years have specialized and achieved success in many different disciplines, providing us with a wealth of knowledge and experience in multiple areas from which to draw. With multiple World and National Titles to our name we are here to assist you in the pursuit of your equestrian dreams.
The study of horsemanship is the cornerstone of our program. We specialize in teaching riders how to better understand and partner with their horses in order to achieve a higher level of fulfillment and success in the equine sport. Our program offers a diverse range of classes for students of all ages and skill levels, beginner to advanced, and has the ability to provide students with the opportunity to reach their goals. Whether it be a comprehensive base of knowledge, leasing or horse ownership, competition, locally or on the national stage, and every goal in between.
We specialize in the training, showing, and sales of hunters and jumpers, but also offer classes in our lesson program for those who wish to ride on the flat, English or Western.
The History Behind Baker Creek Farm
A passion for horses runs deep in the Cole family and goes back generations to Victoria’s great grandfather who trained horses in England. The equine world shaped each generation of the Cole family in one way or another. Victoria’s father, William Cole, helped his family with their company Cleveland Cartage, a horse power freight line in Cleveland at the turn of the century, housing more than 200 horses at the Cleveland Stock Yards before the invention of motorized freight. Victoria, having the influence of her fathers rich history with horses, and growing up on the very land where Baker Creek Farm now sits, showed a deep interest at an early age. William told his daughter, “If you’re going to learn to ride, you’re going to do it correctly.” He sent her to the finest trainers in the area, for it was his belief that “something worth doing, was worth doing well.”
This instilled in Victoria a strong work ethic and sense of pride in her accomplishments, which she put to use in what inspired her most, her horses. As a young rider and after college she experienced a lot of success in the show ring and it wasn’t long before it became clear that she wanted to pursue a career in the horse industry, becoming one of the first female members of the UPHA “United Professional Horseman’s Association”.
Victoria moved from the family farm to pursue her career in the horse industry, and achieved much success in various disciplines from show jumpers to thoroughbred racehorses, hunter under saddle and western pleasure horses, saddle seat and even driving, winning at such prestigious shows as the Quarter Horse Congress. However, she always dreamed of one day returning to the 24 acre plot of land her family had kept. When her daughter, Amanda was born with the same passion for horses, so was the dream of Baker Creek Farm.
Now densely over-grown, Victoria worked for years to clear the land and personally design the victorian home, english style carriage barn, and main equestrian center, that, in 1996 became a reality as Baker Creek Farm. Named after the crystal clear, shale bottom creek that runs through the property.
Amanda, growing up at Baker Creek Farm, was given the opportunity to cultivate her passion for horses and is now a multiple world champion rider in several disciplines. She, like so many of her family members before her, has devoted her life to her horsemanship, and is now pursuing a career riding hunters and jumpers.