Born into a family of trainers, Alicia has been riding her entire life. As most young horsewomen, riding quickly led to an interest in showing, and her show career on the “A” circuit began at the age of 6 in the Walk and Trot Equitation division. Alicia began showing on Arabian horses, but at the age of 11, decided to switch breeds and began riding at a small local Saddlebred barn. As the oldest of 5, owning a top quality show horse was not in the financial cards for Alicia’s family, although you could always find “projects” of various breed in their backyard. Fortunately, Alicia was given many opportunities to show a number of wonderful Saddlebreds in divisions from Equitation, to Country Pleasure to Three Gaited Performance horses. Long before she was cantering, Alicia knew she wanted to be a trainer.
Upon graduating high school, Alicia moved from home to be closer to her trainer and work towards a degree in Business Management. After two years as an assistant trainer, both teaching students and training Saddlebreds, an opportunity presented itself that was simply too good to pass up. Alicia ventured out on her own to open Scottfield Stables. It was by luck that she fell upon the Morgan breed as the farm she had rented had been a Morgan Farm prior to her arrival. Alicia found that the Morgan breed displayed a perfect temperament for Junior Exhibitors and Amateur riders, the very riders Alicia hoped to specialize in training. Within no time, Alicia was devoted to the wonderful Morgan breed. After two successful show seasons, and some remarkable growth in business, Alicia decided to venture out and purchase her own farm in the Spring of 2005. The move was a highly successful one, and Scottfield Stables grew with each passing year. In 2010, Scottfield expanded it’s training program and began to accept Saddlebreds into the training program. Now Scottfield has about a 50/50 split of Morgans and Saddlebreds in training, with 26 Morgans and 25 Saddlebreds currently in the program at Scottfield.
In 2016, Scottfield Stables relocated to a larger facility two hours south of its original Montrose location. This new location in the Lehigh Valley has proven to be a great one with the program expanding once again with the new availability of training stalls.
Alicia Owens was voted the 2016 People’s Choice Instructor of the Year following a fantastic 2016 season that included a unanimous World Championship win at Louisville with Sarah Hecht and her Saddlebred mare, Novella, in the 13 & Under Five Gaited division. That win was followed up with Sarah and her Morgan, Dragonsmeade Varvatos, being crowned Reserve World Champions in the Junior Exhibitor Park Saddle World Championship and the 15 & Under Park Saddle Grand National Champions. Also bringing back a Grand National Championship was Maddie Sappenfield and her beloved MEM I’m Back in the 14-15 Hunter Pleasure Grand National class. This sporty team went back in the 14-17 Hunter Pleasure Championship where they earned the Reserve World Championship roses and tricolor. Making history by being the only rider in the history of the Morgan breed to win the Junior Saddleseat Equitation World Championship three times (2014-2016), long time Scottfield student Audra Lee and her fabulous mare, CBMF Random Hearts GCH, were the unanimous winners of the Junior Saddleseat Equitation World Championship again this year, closing out their Junior Equitation career having never lost a world title in the Morgan Junior Equitation division, including the UPHA Junior Challenge Cup Finals in 2014. Audra is the youngest rider to have ever won that title, as well, having won that National Finals at the age of 11. This is the second time Alicia has been honored by professionals and owners within the industry with a People’s Choice win, having been the Reserve Instructor of the Year in 2010.
Academy Instructor – Montrose Location
Becky has been involved with the horse industry her entire life, a career peppered with different farms, trainers, breeds, and disciplines. She has been the Assistant Trainer for three notable Arabian farms, and through her twenties, Becky showed several horses on the “A” circuit, including her Arabian mare, Soysky’s Two Bits, who among other things was Top Five Amateur Western Pleasure Horse at Region 16 Championship Shows. Becky heads up the beginner lesson program at Scottfield for both children and adults. She is wonderfully patient and can make even the most difficult skill seem attainable! Becky is also very involved with her five children (the oldest of whom is Alicia Owens). Becky’s warm, fun loving personality puts any rider at ease, while her great sense of humor keep us all laughing!