Alexia B with Daniel ZillaDaniel Zilla:  Farm Manager & Head Trainer

Daniel Zilla is an experienced professional in developing young horses for hunter, jumper, and dressage careers. His training philosophy is a blend of classical and natural horsemanship methods in a careful, horse-directed program of training that encourages athletic development and confidence-building at every stage of education for both horse and rider.

A recognized specialist in starting young jumpers, Zilla competes regularly at the Grand Prix level on Branscomb-bred horses and is a regular clinician in the USEF Young Jumper Development program. Young horses started, trained, and shown by Daniel Zilla have been consistent winners in the Young Jumper Western Division Championships with multiple placings in the final top 10 at the end of year Division Finals – for more than a decade. The 2010 North American licensing champion stallion Contiano BF, the Cathalido mare Venice BF, and Chromatic BF are all examples of horses raised, started, and competed successfully at Grand Prix level by Daniel Zilla.

 

Ivy Creahan:  Instructor, Assistant Trainer and RIder

Ivy Creahan joined Branscomb Farm in 2018 as an experienced professional rider and instructor.  Showing exceptional sensitivity and talent for encouraging young horses and amateur riders to enjoy and benefit from her training, she was promoted to Assistant Trainer in 2019 and continues in that role.  

Branscomb Farm is pleased to offer training and individual lessons with Ivy.  Ivy's own comment: “I feel fortunate that I am able to combine my passion for horses and teaching students in such a beautiful and professional environment.”