West Meadow Stables was established in 2007 by the Messer Family, as a small farm with under 10 horses, offering a few boarding spaces and lessons to local riders. It was the perfect location for their little farm and for Kendra to go back to her passion, horses and teaching. Never did they dream how quickly their small farm would grow.
In 2009 an addition was put onto the ten stall barn, making it 14 stalls with a large, spacious new tackroom. Fields were expanded and students and boarders were added. Then just four years later, West Meadow Stables expanded once again, adding the current indoor riding facility, which allows the housing of 30 horses on the farm and year round riding.
Kendra Messer is the head trainer at the farm. She grew up in Deering, NH where she lived her entire childhood. She was actively involved in 4-H, rode and trained with Jan Dwinnells, of Oaktop Farm in Weare, NH and was lucky to also have a professional eventer living in her neighborhood, who she was able to take lessons with. Kendra started teaching locals in her area when she was just 16 years old. She always had a passion for teaching and a way of sharing her horsemanship skills that others could easily relate to. Kendra and helped to run a small camp in Deering at her families farm for seven years, offering riding lessons, arts and crafts and swimming to kids in the local community.
Kendra recently received her USHJA (United States Hunter Jumper Association) Trainer’s Certification. She was able to attend a 5 day clinic in Buffalo, NY with George Morris in 2013 as part of her certification process.
Along with running West Meadow Stables and teaching roughly 20 students per week of her own, Kendra also is the assistant coach for the Colby-Sawyer College Equestrian Program. This seasons marks her fifth year with the college program.
Kendra also coaches the West Meadow Stables AEL program, which currently has over 18 members who will be showing locally this winter and into next spring. The team is for youth riders grades 4 to 12, check out our AEL page for more information.