Meet Our Staff!

Carol Straus, Owner/Manager

Carol began riding as an adult with her daughter, Jessica, and before owning Haverhill Equestrian boarded locally at both private and show barns. Her experience boarding with other barns allows her to understand her clients’ expectations at Haverhill. Carol’s mission is to provide the type of care and service to her clients that she expects for herself and her own horses.

Carol has recently taken up dressage with her new horse, Kensington. Carol is dedicated to her dressage training and was recently invited to participate in a clinic with internationally ranked dressage rider, Catherine Haddad. Kensington had a successful showing and Carol continues to improve her skills.

Jessica Straus, Scheduler/Trainer, USHJA Certified Trainer

Jessica began riding at eight years old and got her first horse when she was

Jessica and Tucker at the CHSA Classic.

Jessica and Tucker at the CHSA Classic.

fourteen.  She graduated from CNU in May 2008 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  While attending CNU, Jessica was the Equestrian Team President for two years, vice president for two years, and competed on the IHSA circuit and at ANRC.


Jessica began her coaching career in the fall of 2013 with Randolph-Macon College’s Equestrian Team.  In R-MCET’s second year, and Jessica’s first year of coaching, the team rose from 11th out of 16 teams to 5th out of 17 teams. While coaching for University of Richmond, the team rose to Reserve High Point Team and had the Reserve High Point Rider for the 2015-2016 season.  Jessica has also coached a URET rider to Nationals the last three years (2013-2016.)  In 2016, Jessica’s first time as a coach at VHSA finals, one of her riders was 2nd in the equitation class out of 50+ entries and was champion in the children’s hunters.  Jessica is excited to begin coaching URET again for the 2017-2018 season!

Jessica is available for lessons for students that are showing and for training rides. She teaches rider effectiveness and equitation skills for both riding and training, and believes exposure to every discipline helps riding students.  While her focus has always been the hunters, she has ridden with an eventing, dressage, jumper, and even a western trainer.  Jessica’s extensive and diverse training allows her to bring many different techniques to training horse and rider.





 Libby White, IEA Head Coach

Libby joined the Haverhill team in the summer of 2016 to help manage the farm and started teaching in the winter of 2016 after going professional.  Libby has been riding since she was seven years old and has competed in the local and “A” rated hunters, equitation, and some low level eventing. From the time she was a teenager she has been employed in the horse industry, instructing at summer camps, cleaning stalls and later traveling as a show groom on the A circuit.   Libby attended and graduated from CNU and was an integral part of the IHSA team while attending, she also attended Virginia Intermont for a year which only added to her equestrian experience.  Aside from horse showing and teaching lessons, Libby has a passion for working with green horses.  Her patient and calming demeanor instills confidence in both the horses she works with and the riders that she teaches.  Libby’s clients have commented that she pushes them to try new things, and explains the ‘how’s and why’s’ in a way that leads them to the path of success.
In her spare time, Libby works with her two show horses, Roanin and Bowie, in addition to Teeny, a rescue foals.  Libby is available for lessons and training rides.

Karly Hobbs, IEA and IHSA Assistant Coach

Karly has been riding and showing in the hunter/jumper world for over 15 years. She showed in both the USEF and CHJA circuits in Colorado for most of that time, and relocated to Virginia with her family. Karly was captain of the University of Colorado Equestrian Team and placed at IHSA Nationals FOUR TIMES!!!  In addition, she trained both of her horses, Spencer, and Murphy, two of Haverhill’s favorite mounts, and received many accolades in Colorado including horse of the year.  Not only is Karly and accomplished hunter jumper rider, but she also did the jumpers!
Karly will be available on Sunday’s and Thursday for lessons, and will also be helping out with IEA and IHSA!