Pam Baker: The Living Legend

Learn more about 2012 USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Pam Baker

Creator of Champions

Pam has spent a lifetime in the horse business. She dedicated herself first to learning, and then teaching the art and craft of horsemanship. Captain Vladmir S. Littauer and Clayton Bailey, both early proponents of the forward seat style of riding, influenced her development as a master trainer. Her clients range from pony riders to junior hunters and adult amateurs.

Pam's Philosophy as a Trainer

"If my horses and riders look happy and relaxed and are also winning, then I am doing my job as a trainer." She goes on to say, "I feel very passionately that my clients can be more than just riders; that they should strive for excellence in horsemanship as well." According to Pam, winning is the natural by-product of good riding and good horsemanship. "I start with the basics and help my riders develop a system of true communication with their horses. They end up with a deep empathetic relationship with their horses as well as the physical skills needed to compete at the very highest levels."

  • 2016 National Show Hunter Hall Of Fame
  • 2014 National Show Hunter Hall of Fame
  • 2012 USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2007 AHJF Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2007 WCHR Litetime Achievement Award
  • 2002 Inducted into VHSA Hall Of Fame
  • 2002 VHSA Horseperson of the Year
  • 1989 VHSA Horseperson of the Year

She was formally on the Board of Directors of the VHSA (at large member). She is also a past USEF "Zone 3" Committee Member, and was the "Leading Trainer" at the Upperville Horse Show . Pam also has served on the VHSA "Zone 2" and Junior Horse Committees, as well as being past Chairperson of the Junior Hunter Committee of the USEF.

Pam has guided Champions and Reserve Champions in all of the major East Coast "AA" Shows, including HITS, Palm Beach, Devon, Harrisburg, Upperville, Warrenton, Washington and New York to name a few.

Pam wrote a series of articles for The Practical Horseman that explained her theories and methods of teaching. She has also been widely interviewed and quoted in many other equestrian publications.

Tina Brown has given a pertetual trophy in Pam's Name to be presented at the Middleburg Classic Horse Show for the Grand Champion Hunter.

OUR FARM

Hillcrest Farms

Pam C. Baker LLC
11218 Bolton Lane
Bealeton, VA 22712

Pam's Farm is conveniently located in the heart of Virginia Horse Country near Warrenton, VA. The state-of-the-art Show Barn features a large stained glass window, motorized ventilation windows, as well as over-sized and elegant imported French stalls. Situated on a small rise by the pond, the barn catches the soft southern breezes and is surrounded by large grassy paddocks. Inside the barn there is a pleasant owner's lounge whose walls are covered with photographs of past and present riders. The horses are pampered by the professional staff. There is a permanent show ring for schooling and an extensive outside course with permanent jumps overlooked by the viewing Gazebo. Pam has created an ideal environment for the serious equestrian.

  • 70+ acres of land
  • 25+ Individual horse stalls
  • 1 derby field complete with cross-country jumps
  • Outdoor paddocks for individual turnout
  • 1 outdoor sand ring

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