SIGNATURE STABLES AND FARM

3114 Rock Creek Drive

Louisville, Kentucky 40207

(502) 893-7792   email: c.cole01@att.net

 

ROCK CREEK RIDING CLUB is a nationally prominent American Saddlebred stable that has been home to many Hall of Fame and World’s Champion caliber trainers, instructors, exhibitors and horses. ROCK CREEK RIDING CLUB has continued to uphold its tradition as being the premier Saddlebred facility in Louisville and one of the oldest continually operating riding clubs in the country. Located in the heart of St. Matthews across from Louisville’s Seneca Park, ROCK CREEK RIDING CLUB’s scenic park setting provides the perfect backdrop for horse and owner.









Its prominence grew from the roots of its dedication to the pleasure horse rider leading ROCK CREEK RIDING CLUB as a major force in the horse world. The current resident managers/trainers are Chad and Michelle Cole, who own and operate Signature Stables and Farm at ROCK CREEK RIDING CLUB. Chad and Michelle follow in the footsteps of many well-known trainers in continuing a Rock Creek tradition of training and exhibiting show horses that began in 1927. "Our goal is to expose as many people as we can to horses - Saddlebreds in particular - and to give them the opportunity to ride, be safe, and have fun."  -  Chad & Michelle Cole

September 24, 2018

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Chad Cole A third generation horse trainer, Chad has been the owner-trainer of Signature Stables, LLC for over 15 years. Having worked for his father, Randy and apprenticing under Hall of Fame trainers Claude Shiflet and Jimmy Robertson, he and his wife Michelle opened Signature Stables in the fall of 2001. He has trained numerous champion horses and ponies such as WC City Taste, RWC Heartland Flyaway, Oom Pah Pah, RWC Tart’s High Heels, RWC LF Party Guy, Nelmar’s Tango 4 Ever, RWC Photo Prince, WC Glamour Shot, RWC Shaboom, Ms. Greta Garbo and many others. Chad is a nationally recognized USEF large R judge, holding cards in Saddlebreds, Equitation, Roadsters, Hackney and Morgans. He has been honored to judge such shows as Blue Ridge, Syracuse International, Bonnie Blue, Carousel, Santa Barbara and NTASHA UPHA Fall Classic Horse Show among many, many others. He has served as advisor to the Bits and Tails Youth Club, Rock Creek Horse Show, Rock Creek Fall Horse Show. HE is also on the boards of the Carolina Futurity, UPHA Young Trainers Colt Preview and is the current President of the Kentucky American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse Association.

Michelle McMahon Cole is a 1995 William Woods graduate. She began her career with Jack McGrane in CT. Michelle has worked for renowned trainers Dave and Sarah Patton, Anne Speck, and most recently spent 7 years with Rob and Sarah Byers at Premier Stables in Simpsonville, KY. She was responsible for the training of WC horses including Strike The Gold, What’s My Line, Coconut Grove, and Callaway’s Cassandra. In addition to her training ability, Michelle has enjoyed success in the show ring. She showed Harlem's Gem to a World Championship in the Lady's 3 Gaited division.

Sarah Hoover grew up in the Morgan industry, earned her Bachelor’s in Equestrian Science at the illustrious William Woods University, and went on to work for such renowned horse trainers as Jimmy and Helen Robertson, John Conatser, John and Renee Biggins, Bill and Nancy Becker, Bill and Kris Knight as well as the legendary Ruxer Farms where she established and advised the Sultanators Youth Group. With over 25 years instructing, she has taught such local and national academy and show ring champions in both riding and driving.

MacKenzie Huskamp State and national equitation champion, Mackenzie grew up right here at Rock Creek Riding Club. After a very successful academy and show ring juvenile career, Mackenzie pursued her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Louisville where she continued her riding success and was honored as the Intercollegiate Saddleseat Riders Association National Champion High Point Rider. At the completion of her studies, she joined us here at Signature and continues to share her passion with up and coming show ring stars.