Fransisco Hernandez

Head Horse Handler

Fransisco is one of our original employees at the farm. He has extensive knowledge in the handling and care of horses accompanied with a very strong work ethic. He makes Black Ridge always look its best 



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You will not find a better trainer or facility, my daughter spent almost 10 years at Black Ridge and couldn't have done better!

We treat every horse as though it was our own. 

Black Ridge Farm is a family-owned and operated full-care boarding facility on 32 acres in the Hudson Valley. Established in 2001, the farm has a long tradition of providing a full range of equestrian services including boarding, lessons, leasing and training, and showing.

Jessica Velez

Assistant Trainer

Jess and her horse of twelve years, Trudy, have been a part of the Black Ridge Farm Family for almost ten years. In that time, Jess has participated in many clinics and horse shows to further her riding 


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ways to make horse riding safe and successful for all her students. Golden Opportunity aka “Sundance” was Brittany’s first horse and at 23 years old, she still resides at Black Ridge today. She taught Brittany how to pursue the passion that is found in riding and to have the drive that leads to success. Brittany went to college at Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ for business management. She graduated in three years with her Bachelors in Business and a minor in Equine Studies. Throughout college she worked and rode with highly skilled trainers to gain invaluable show experience and access to a range of professionals who continue to provide guidance and expertise that have helped Brittany and her students excel on the show circuit.  In April 2012 Brittany took over Black Ridge Farm from her parents and has been running it full time since. "We have a unique quality at Black Ridge that makes us stand out, we LOVE our jobs and the people we work with. At Black Ridge we are a family."

knowledge. She also has taught many years of summer camp at BRF. Jess is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where she was also a member of the equestrian team, even further cultivating her love and passion of horses. Jess went on to graduate school where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. While she teaches lessons at BRF, she also works at the Center for Discovery with children and adults with developmental disabilities. Her background of science helps her to teach our riders the importance of equitation and positioning to achieve their best ride. Jess is also our in-house braider for all the BRF show horses! 

Meet Our Team


Couldn't ask for more in a horse training center. Brittany is hands-down the best trainer.

Brittany Cooper

Owner and Head Trainer

Brittany started riding at age eight and has made it her life’s work to have a career in riding. She grew up riding horses and ponies that were never simple. This experience forced her to find new and innovative

Lillian Black

Assistant Trainer

Lillie, also Brittany's sister, has grown up on the farm and has been riding since she was four years old. Working with children has always been her passion, leading her to pursuing her Master's in Education at 

St. John's University.  She currently teaches 5th grade at the Enlarged City School District of Middletown, NY. At Black Ridge Farm she uses her teaching skills to work with beginner riders, focusing on encouraging riders to become well-rounded, passionate equestrians. Lillie also runs our annual summer camp program! 

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while also acknowledging the individual needs of each of the horses. His background in horse training, care, and handling as well as his knowledge of farm maintenance makes him one of the most important people at our farm.