Michelle has been madly in love with horses since she was a little girl. She had horse wallpaper, pretended her bike was a horse etc etc. Her first riding lessons were English, followed by years of trail riding. Michelle spent a couple of years studying dressage with Ann Pinson of Bellwood Farm in New York. While in college she discovered reining horses and worked for two big reining outfits for several years. Michelle has driven single pairs and a team.....worked at the Bronx zoo driving the Clydesdales. For eight years she owned and operated an Equine sales and transportation company, which made it possible for her to offer many deserving young children the opportunity to ride her sale horses and attend horse shows. Michelle qualified her own horse twice for the AQHA World Show. Having worked at Show Barns in Westchester, she is now happy to be at Salko Farm where we teach Horsemanship as a whole and help riders develop a true connection with their horse. Teaching riders how to think outside the box, make their own decisions and choices using the knowledge and experience that they have, is her main goal. Building a solid foundation for each rider, based on her extensive knowledge of, and lifetime spent with, horses.......is key.
Jenna doing her thing.
Michelle Nardini, Trainer
Corrie Collins, Trainer
Beginning with 4-H programs and working her way up, Corrie began her riding career with Cindy Mooney competing in hunt seat & eventing. She eventually, took a barn managing job in South Carolina. After moving back to the area, she has worked at Twin Bays Stables & Salko Farm & Stable, teaching beginner through advanced. Corrie has experience in daily management of care and running successful lesson programs.
Michelle riding Bear.
Jane Salko, Manager/Finance
Before settling in Southport, Jane had a long career working in various aspects of global markets for US and Swiss Banks in Toronto, Ontario and in London, England. When it was time to start her career as a mother (4 times over!), she re-qualified as an accountant and started her own business while living in the UK. Helping Chris manage the farm, scheduling riding lessons, running the operations and business side of the family farm, is the most interesting 'job' Jane has ever had. Previous 'hobbies' include many years of being a competitive sponsored endurance athlete mostly in Ironman distance triathlon and Ultra Trail Running - (up to 100km distance). If Jane ever leaves the farm, you will find her in a Bikram yoga class.....sweating enough for 4 people and enjoying the 90 minutes of 'disconnect'. She is also a yoga instructor and a personal trainer.
Jenna Frascatore, Trainer
Jenna Frascatore is an experienced Equine Professional. She has formally worked for companies such as Sea Horse Stables, The Pilot House and Lion Hill Farm. Through her career she has taught lessons to a diverse array of students, from disabled young children to competitive adults showing at Winter Equestrian Festival. Along with many years of riding and teaching, she has knowledge of health, soundness, and rehabilitation of the horse. She has worked closely with vets, chiropractors, farriers etc. She believes whether you ride for fun or ride to compete, solid horsemanship is a must in the industry. The horse comes first.
Chris Salko, Owner
Chris is a second generation horse farm owner who has lived and worked on this property his entire life. His parents Anna and Andrew started Salko Farm in 1948. When he is not helping students, you will find Chris either on his tractor, bailing hay or keeping the stable and grounds in immaculate condition. If you stop by for a visit, you will need to be able to walk fast to keep up with this man. He does not like to stand still and works more than 12 hours per day. Chris took over the farm at the age of 19. His amazing work ethic and drive have been major contributing factors towards the evolution and creation of today’s version of Salko Farm. He has lived on this farm his whole life. Where horses are concerned, he has seen it all.