Early summers spent in Iowa on her Aunt's farm allowed Sarah MacKusick the opportunity to fall in love with horses. Back home in Georgia, Sarah began riding at the age of 7. She competed in the Hunter and Equitation ring under the tutelage of many top trainers in the Atlanta area, including Scott Armour and Woody Pforr, as well as earned many top placings in "A" shows at Chateau Elan and the Georgia International Horse Park.
Sarah went on to college at Georgia Southern University where she studied Anthropology and History. She was president of the Georgia Southern Equestrian Team for two and a half years. Riding under the GSUET coach Eleanor Ellis, Sarah was invited to compete at ANRC and qualified for IHSA Nationals in 2005. College summers were well spent in the mountains of North Carolina where she worked as a camp counselor and head riding instructor for Camp Glen Arden
After graduating from Georgia Southern with her bachelors degree, Sarah moved to Tallahassee where she worked as an Archaeologist for the State of Florida. Two years later, she pursued her dream of starting her own boarding and training facility, Iron Star Equestrian. She has since coached students to numerous placings in USEA Eventing and USDF Dressage shows. Her busy lesson program and support of students competitions leaves her little time to ride and compete her own horses! She continues her own education by clinicing with top riders such as USDF Gold Medalist Greta Wrigley, 'R' Judge and USDF Gold Medalist Brian MacMahon, USDF Gold Medalist Jodie Kelly and former US Olympic Team member Jill Hennenberg as well as auditing her students clinics with former US Olympic Coach Jimmy Wofford, USEA 3* rider Dom Schramm and Rolex 5* rider Katie Ruppel. She follows a "Learn by Doing" approach. She believes that saddle time of her students, proper equitation and balance along with encouraging ground instruction develops the most prepared and successful riders.
AT IRON STAR
With over 20 years of riding and training and nearly 10 years teaching experience, Sarah was the optimal choice for the Florida State University Eventing Team Coach. Her experienced lesson horses help bring Eventing to new riders and collegiate riders who don't own their own horses.
Sarah holds a position with the Red Hills International Horse Trials held in Tallahassee as the Dressage Coordinator.
Sarah was chosen as one of the 2016 Retired Racehorse Makeover Trainers. Due to an injury sustained during Hurricane Hermine, her horse was unable to compete in the Makeover.
SINGLE SEMIPRIVATE - $45
Individual lesson with no more than 2 riders.
SEMIPRIVATE PACKAGE (4) - $175
4 semiprivate lessons purchased in advance
TWICE A WEEK PACKAGE (8) - $320
8 small group lessons purchased in advance
MONTHLY FULL LEASE - $425
5-6 rides per week based on availability
MONTHLY HALF LEASE - $300
2-3 rides per week based on availability
Students are encouraged to join the US Pony Club to supplement their education at Iron Star. Our riders are members of the Ochlocknee River Pony Club based out of Havana, Florida which is part of the Sunshine Region.
Students are also encouraged to join the Northwest Florida Chapter of DSDCTA to promote camaraderie and volunteering within the local horse community.