Working Students

Mara currently has a working student vacancy available. Mara's past working students have gone on to win at Young Riders, compete in their first upper level events, and solidify their consistency. With a small, horse-oriented program students learn not only about competition and riding but also learn how a top upper-level program works behind the scenes. This position is open immediately, and for the right candidate has room for growth into a paid grooms position down the road. Housing, board and coachin for the right candidate. Contact her at for more information! 

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Dr. Jill Copenhagan keeps Willow Bends horses in tip-top shape. Her knowledge and relationship with each one make sure every horse is always able to perform at their best. Her dedication to the sport, the animals and the Willow Bend Team are second to none!

Steve Teichman makes sure that the horses are well shod, comfortable and moving well. His vast wealth experience as both an individual and serving as the US Team Farrier means that his understanding of what sport horses need is unrivaled. 

Angie Cooney is our sports masseuse. Her amazing hands find and root out any soreness or tension from all members of the Willow Bend Team, both two and four-legged!

Jeff Bingham is responsible for all of the beautiful photographs on this site. He joined the Willow Bend family in 2007. His amazing eye for a beautiful shot is very special, but it is his enthusiasm for the sport and Mara's riding that has made him part of the family.

Everything else!
Mara's amazing parents, Mimi, David, Charlie and Mary Ann, are an integral part of the Team. They can be found doing everything from dragging the ring to giving moral support to helping hand-graze horses at the events. Their love and support is continually inspiring.

Anne Ferio helps keep the farm running when Mara is on the road. Her attention to detail, fantastic work ethic and cheerful personality keep the horses left behind in great shape!

Debby Wilson has supported Mara for nearly ten years. Her enthusiasm and dedication make her an undisputed part of the Willow Bend Family.


The secret behind the success

Mara's Team is carefully selected for their horsemanship,

compassion and dedication. Without the amazing behind-the scenes support they provide, the program would truly be lacking. To be part of the Willow Bend Team is truly to be part of the the family!