Ruel Johnson brings a lifetime of experience to training horses and riders, and believes that building a quality foundation of skills is the key to success. Ruel founded Blue Heron Farm after riding professionally on both coasts, and is a prominent figure in the Hunter Jumper community. Ruel’s riders have won many State and USEF championships, World Championship Hunter Rider awards, as well as going on to ride and teach professionally. Ruel has a love of the show horse and finds her greatest passion is to safely get people hooked on riding.
Tara Devlin is from Miller Place, New York. As a junior, she competed up and down the east coast, showing in the hunters, jumpers and equitation. Tara achieved many accomplishments during those years, winning hunter championships as well as qualifying for the USEF Medal Finals and placing in the top four in the CHJA Junior Equitation finals. Tara went to Cazenovia College her freshman year and competed on the IHSA team. Finishing up her Business Management Degree at Stony Brook University, Tara was high pointrider for her region at nationals and high point open rider for the year. As an amateur, Tara competed in the equitation and found her true passion in the jumper ring. As a professional, Tara worked at a sales farm on Long Island and was one of the Interscholastic Equestrian Team coaches at the high school level. Tara is excited to bring her team-oriented attitude, as well as her experience in the saddle and the show ring to Blue Heron Farm.