About Us & Our Philosophy 

Our philosophy at Eden Farm is to bring the joy and adventure of show jumping to people who love this sport and to those who are just beginning their love of horses. We teach the classical style of riding, and Megan is always sharing her expertise in horsemanship with the students and all those around her. We instill an atmosphere of hard work, fun, camaraderie and adventure. Our program is designed to set up each student to become all they dream to be as a rider, and we constantly push our students to go to new levels to achieve their goals. Whether horse or human, we take time to design a training program that will advance the horse or rider.  At shows we have the opportunity to compete and show off our skills, and it helps our riders see the connection between their hard work and success. We use natural horsemanship methods in our program and horse handling, and teach this to our students.  We also host guest instructors in dressage and natural horsemanship.   

 

Megan is a proponent of positive coaching and using positive feedback to motivate and coach her students at the shows.  As a mom and trainer she has learned that children respond best to this style of coaching.  However, she can also be very tough and push her students when they need to dig in and work hard. 

Eden Farm Ocala | Hunter Lesson Program

Megan Galloway

USHJA CERTIFIED TRAINER

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Owner/trainer Megan Lomel has over 20 years’ experience riding, showing and training horses. At age 12 she won the Small Pony Hunter Grand Championship at Pony Finals riding Farnley Nasser and was also the overall Grand Reserve Champion Pony.  She trained with renowned trainer Lesley Gamble, as well as Christina Schlusemeyer and Don Stewart. She won championships at Devon, WEF, HITS, Upperville and many year-end awards for Zone 4 and her local show group, CFHJA.

After her successful career as a junior rider, Megan obtained a bachelor’s degree from Furman University in Economics. She enjoyed a 12-year career in banking and investments with Barnett Bank and Regions Bank in Ocala, Florida. She then began her family and after a pony ride birthday party for her oldest daughter Lauren (then 4), her friends all requested lessons for their own children. Megan wanted to spend more time with her children, and soon after, began her second career as a hunter/jumper trainer.  She found a new passion as an instructor and found she loved not only the horses, but teaching others as well.  

"We instill an atmosphere of hard work, fun, camaraderie, and adventure."
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Alina Patterson

Assistant Trainer

Alina Patterson moved to Ocala in 2021 to further her riding career. She is currently an Advanced/4* level three-day event rider and is a part of the 2022 United States Equestrian Federation Emerging Athlete Program. She started riding horses at age 3, started Pony Club at age 9 doing show jumping, and then switched to eventing when she was 12. She is passionate about eventing as a sport and looks forward to teaching the upcoming generation and nurturing the love of horses. Alina is taking a gap year after obtaining her Associates degree while still in high school and plans to major in Business Management with a minor in Exercise Science at the University of Florida.You’ll find her in the barn, giving beginner lessons in the arena, and at the local eventing horse trials with her horse Flashback. 

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Maggie

Eden Farm Mascot

Maggie has been the Eden Farm mascot for 10 years.  She is our "welcome to the barn" dog.  She helps out around the barn and has a variety of duties.  She is a supervisor of fun and she makes sure everyone is paying attention, mostly to her.  She can be found in the ring teaching lessons, at the horse shows eating someone's lunch, and following young riders around many horse show venues.

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Rachael Lomel

Assistant Trainer

Rachael has been in the barn since she was a baby, whether in a baby sling or sleeping in front of a fan in the stroller.  She was on horseback by age 3 and has had a successful career showing ponies, hunters, jumpers and equitation.  She is cheerful and easy going, and confers with her mother while training her students to maximize their learning and progress.  She’s especially proud when her riders move up to the next level and accomplish all their goals with her.  

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HELP WANTED

Barn & Horse Show Assistant