Originally from Charleston, S.C., Amy settled in New Bern in 2003. By 2009 she and her husband, Jay, decided to purchase Gables Run Equestrian Center. This quickly became a labor of love as she partnered with Sarah Nelson to build the riding program from the ground-up. While Amy is an Occupational Therapist by profession she does not currently work in the field. Amy has a heart for working alongside trauma survivors. Outside of the barn she spends much of her time working with this population and contributing to the development of relevant helping fields. As Aiken, S.C. was her birthplace, Amy has always had a love for horses. Even as an infant her parents would tote her in a bicycle seat to the racetrack so she could feed the horses apples. She worked to support two horses during her childhood, and now enjoys knowing “Asher,” (who started all this Gables Run stuff!) is her permanent companion. Owning and operating this special barn continues to be part of a meaningful dream as Amy and her daughter, Caroline, experience horse ownership and competition together. Caroline’s two brothers have enjoyed occasional stints on horseback but prefer to be doing things like hunting, fishing, and fencing. In addition to horses, Amy enjoys the outdoors (especially the beach), boating, and playing the piano. She and the rest of the staff at Gables Run Equestrian Center take great pride in how our program is run and the care poured into the lives of our horses and riders. It is considered a great honor to be a part of this unique and special gathering place for equestrians of all ages!
Sarah grew up riding and showing Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation horses in the Chicagoland area. After pursuing a degree in Business Administration and graduating from Lewis University in 2007 she began her riding career as a professional. In 2009 Sarah and her husband moved to New Bern where she met Amy Bradley and they formed a friendship and business relationship together in Gables Run Equestrian Center. Sarah instructs all of the intermediate to advanced riders, boarders, and competitive show riders. She specializes in working with riders of all ages, and horses and ponies of all levels. She is a USHJA Certified Trainer and also enjoys working with off the track thoroughbreds. Sarah and her husband, Guy have two children and are happy to call New Bern home.
Jessica has been a part of the Gables Run Equestrian Center “family” since 2009 when the barn first opened. Since the early days as our first boarder, she has contributed in many ways over the years. It is an honor to be able to say she now runs the Beginner / Intermediate portion of our riding program. As a trainer she individualizes each rider’s program to meet skill level and personal needs, teaching private and group lessons, and training at local horse shows. Since starting this portion of the program it has grown exponentially. In fact, it is not unusual to see her young riders come first to her for a hug when they arrive at the barn; there is no question that she loves what she does! Jessica has been riding since a child, also spending time in 4-H as she is an avid animal lover. Outside of the barn Jessica maintains her interest in theater arts as a vocalist. Living in New Bern she often spends her time off at the beach or on the water, and plays guitar on the side. She enjoys sharing her love of horses with her daughter, Ava. In addition to Ava’s riding Jessica is also busy devoting her time as a mother to Ava, supporting interests such as dance and theater arts, as well. Gables Run Equestrian Center is thrilled to have Jessica as part of the important and meaningful vision we carry out as a barn.
Jason and Darby Roberts
Darby started riding with Gables Run back in 2011. After a few years as a boarder she started working full time caring for the horses, and has been doing so for just over two years. While with Gables Run she's also been able to work towards her Associates in Science at Craven Community College. The ability to combine all the practical horse experience she's gained with this degree is invaluable as she looks forward to applying to veterinary school in a year.