Kemper Knoll Farm is a horse boarding, training and lesson facility located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley a few minutes east of Harrisonburg, Virginia. KKF also offers a summer camp program for ages seven and up to riders of all abilities. Kemper Knoll riders frequently attend SWVHJA and A rated hunter and jumper shows.
Head Instructor at Kemper Knoll, Darlene has been riding and competing since 1978. Her teaching career began in 1981, after graduating from James Madison University with a Masters Degree in Education. She now teaches students of a variety of ages and in a variety of skill levels, from beginner to advance. Darlene served two years as the President of the Southwest Virginia Hunter Jumper Association, a member of the Association's Board of Directors for four terms, and Past President of the Glenmore Hunt Club.
Darlene also serves as a Professor of Equine Studies at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia. This college program offers a minor in Equine Studies. Darlene teaches such courses as Farm and Stable Management, Lameness and Disease, Equine Development and Behavior, Theories of Riding and Equine Economics.
Having well educated horsemen and horsewomen contributes to the well-being of each horse in particular and to the betterment of the horse community in general.
Darlene's students have competed locally, regionally and nationally, including shows at Culpeper, WIHS, Roanoke Valley, Ocala and Upperville. One of her passions is raising and training young pony and hunter prospects for the show ring.
She began the Great Beginnings Horse Show Series fourteen years ago and these shows have now grown to include 6 shows per season with other area farms joining the series. These shows provide a forum for young horses and riders to begin their competition years in a user-friendly environment.