Serving riders and their equine partners since 2005, Alexandra Linscheid O’Toole and Wisteria Farm emphasizes equitation, horsemanship and sportsmanship as the key to success in the Hunter Jumper discipline.
Welcome to Wisteria Farm
We offer Full Board board, training, lessons, showing and buyer/seller agent services. We serve clients ranging from pleasure riders to local and “AA” circuit horse showing. We offer individual, goal oriented instruction and training and provide top quality care for your horse and offer an exceptionally clean and organized facility.
Alexandra Linscheid O’Toole
In 2008, “Alex” and her husband Ryan purchased their beautiful farm in Monroe, Georgia where Wisteria Farm resides permanently. Alex continues to oversee all operations here on the farm, while working full time as the University of Georgia’s Assistant Coach for the Hunt Seat NCAA Equestrian team. Alex also holds her USEF “r” Judging Card in Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation. She expects to have earned her “R” Judging Card by the end of 2017.
Alex began riding at age four. Growing up in Massachusetts, she started showing at age 7 and competing on the “A” Circuit by age 11. She focused mainly on Equitation throughout her years as a junior rider, attending Medal Finals and catch riding numerous horses in the Hunter and Jumper rings.
Alex attended Stoneleigh-Burnham School, a college preparatory school in western Massachusetts that prided itself on one of the most elite riding programs in the country. It was at Stoneleigh- Burnham school that Alex was able to train with multiple experts. The foundation that Stoneleigh-Burnham provided in the English riding discipline including Horsemanship, Dressage and Equitation made their IEA team a force to contend with. Alex was a member of the two-time IEA National Championship Team during her time at Stoneleigh-Burnham and was 3rd Place in the Open Individual Championship.
Alex was recruited by the University of Georgia and became one of their first NCAA scholarship athletes. She contributed to winning the SEC and National Championships during her time on the team. Alex majored in Sports Business with a minor in Equine Studies while at UGA. In 2005, Alex became a professional and opened Wisteria Farm.
Alex has trained and shown numerous horses to success in the Hunter and Jumper rings from start to finish. She enjoys working with green horses from backing them all the way through to receiving ribbons at Nationally recognized competitions. Alex feels a sense of pride watching her clients start with a green or unbroke prospect and developing both horse and rider into a successful pair.
Alex maintains a very high standard of horse care and training here at Wisteria Farm. She believes strongly in the values of good horsemanship and she makes sure that those values are consistent amongst all who are employed by the Farm. She welcomes all levels of riders, beginners through “A” Circuit riders, and has a lesson program here that can suit all levels of interest.
Alexia Gorey-Heinbuch-Assistant Trainer
Alexia began riding at the age of four in Northern California, starting on the A circuit when she was ten. Alexia was champion at numerous A-AA shows in the Children’s Jumpers and catch rode in all three rings in the 3-3’6″ ring by the time she was twelve.
At the age of 14 she she brought along a 7 yr old herself under the guidance of her trainers and competed in her first Grand Prix. As a teenager she continued to compete in Young Riders and in National Grand Prixs while expanding her experience with racetrack rehab work and starting young horses. At 19 she moved to Florida where she brought along sale horses in all three rings. She also coached her own clients, who successfully showed up to the A-AA level.
Returning to California in 2010, Alexia began working in top hunter barns where she prepared amateur, junior and open horses. Alexia has coached riders of all levels to wins and championships in the Equitation, Grand Prix, Junior Hunters and Pony Hunters as well as winning championships herself in the open divisions in both jumpers and hunters.
Alexia finds it most rewarding to see the horses she has prepared winning in the show ring with their riders and her clients achieving their personal riding and horsemanship goals. She also takes great pride in personally selecting appropriate horses for her clients to create winning, goal achieving and happy partnerships of horse and rider.
Alexia works with clients to formulate clear and achievable goals. A highly empathetic rider and coach, she can adapt to many learning styles and enjoys teaching people of all levels and training horses of all types. As such, her training style is tailored to each individual, whether they have two legs or four. This kind of teamwork mentality carries over to the management of the health, well-being and happiness of the horses. Working closely with vets and farriers, Alexia ensures that each horse is maintained and managed to be at their best, whether they are retired, pleasure, or show horses. The horse always comes first and proper care and management is something that she prides herself on.
Now relocated to Georgia, Alexia is excited to be part of the Wisteria Farms team. Alexia will be running the lesson program as well as assisting clients and their horses in training and showing at both Local and AA rated shows.
Aimmie Sonnier- Barn Manager