Vicki Kolenda – Owner of Longfellow Farm
Entrepreneur – Bridge Builder- Facility Creator – Horse Lover
Victoria Kolenda is a force of energy that has traveled many paths to success! Not only is she the owner of Atlantic Bridge and Engineering that specializes in providing steel construction services, but she has successfully shown her Danish Warmblood “Monte Video” at USDF shows through second level and Danish mare Bruunholms Donna through third level. After falling in love with the danish breed, she had been frequently traveling to Denmark and more recently to Germany to add to the farm’s showing and sales prospects. Along with new horses comes new improvements to the facility which includes residing the barn and indoor arena as well as replacing the plastic windows in the arena with glass.
You will know Vicki when you see her on the farm, full of energy and support; often off for a hike or ride, with her adopted dog “Nike” and black lab “Titan” never far from her side!
I want Longfellow to provide a full service facility for riders to come and feel at home. After a long day of working, I want Longfellow Dressage to be the place where people can come and unwind, – have fun and do what they love. – Vicki Kolenda
Carly Neilson – Longfellow Farm Manager and Trainer
Carly is a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist, originally from Connecticut, she graduated from UNH in 2011 with a BS in Animal Science/Equine Science option and is a currently Licensed Massachusetts State Riding Instructor.
Carly completed the Classical Dressage Training Program in Portugal at the Escola de Equitacao Alcainca School of Classical Dressage with George Malleroni. Her internship with Betsy Steiner in New Jersey enabled her to continue to work on her riding and training skills as well as gain insight and business perspective in the financial and managerial requirements necessary to run a professional high-end equine facility. After college she was an assistant coach for the Pinkerton Academy Equestrian Team in 2012 when they won the District 3 championship.
During the last few years Carly has been training horses for clients and specializing in young horses as well as resale horses. From 2015-2017 she assisted with the training of the young Lusitano horses of Casa Lusitana where she received instruction with Jorge Gabriel. Additionally during that time this busy equestrian professional worked for two years as the project manager for Equestrian Living Magazine which put her in contact with other successful equestrians and businesses throughout the U.S.
Carly was the show manager for Longfellow Farm’s first USDF/USEF rated dressage show in 2015 which led to the decision to hold two rated dressage shows in 2016-2019. Despite a busy schedule Carly fills her time training client horses as well as her own Danish mare Manilla and Dutch mare Leina, and is excited to get into the show ring for the 2019 season.
Brenna Dubois – Barn & Horse Care at Longfellow Farm
As a fun-loving child, Brenna would roll down sawdust hills at the family lumber and sawmill business. After attending the Manchester Institute of Art, this Deerfield native became the successful owner of Moonstruck Mini Donkey farm which specialized in the breeding of these gentle animals as companion pets. Utilizing this experience, along with her compassionate nature, Brenna’s goal is to give Longfellow’s residents the best of care.
Melissa Bacon – Barn & Horse Care at Longfellow Farm
You may already know this talented native of Nottingham from her animal care business “Nawth Fawty” that provides pet and farm care for local pet owners and farmers. Melissa is also a part time animal control officer and an active volunteer with the school system in support of her two children. With the learning experiences of the Dover high animal science program as her foundation, Melissa is committed to providing for the needs of the Longfellow equine guests.