Huxley is fortunate enough to have her training operation based out of the beautiful Hill of Dreams located in Wirtz, VA.
Hill of Dreams is set up with the horse's comfort in mind. With a total of 16 stalls, ample pastures, and state-of-the-art facilities, both horses and riders are well accommodated. Below are a few of the facilities highlight:
Huxley was fortunate enough to have grown up with horses and was able to start riding at an early age. Getting her first pony at age 4, Huxley experienced many years of gleefully cantering through fields. At age 11, Huxley joined pony club where she was first introduced to the sport of three-day eventing. That year, Huxley completed her first horse trial on her pony, “Fawn.” Fawn would teach Huxley a great deal and the two went on to complete several more novice horse trials before Huxley sadly outgrew Fawn at age 13.
Huxley’s next horse was Octavian, a special Thoroughbred cross gelding. When Huxley started riding Octavian at age 13, the two already had a special relationship as they had grown up together. While Octavian had been purchased by Huxley’s parents when he was two years old, at age 13 he was still very green. The two began a journey that would not be free of setbacks. At 16.1 hands, Octavian was a big – very green - horse for Huxley at the time and required her to learn how to ride through all sorts of shenanigans. Over the years, Huxley and Octavian would grow and learn a great deal from one another. In 2006, the two completed their first recognized training level horse trial. In 2007, they completed their first preliminary level horse trial together. In 2008, the pair completed their first CCI*, the last long format one star to be held at Morven Park; Huxley and Octavian placed 10th in the CCIJYI* division. In 2009, Huxley and Octavian would go on to represent Area II Young Riders at NAJYRC where they were part of the CCI* gold medal winning team. In 2011, at the age of 20, Octavian was clear about his desire to retire. While Huxley would miss her partner, Octavian only deserved the best and the decision was made to officially retire him. Today, Octavian is enjoying retirement and Huxley and Octavian still take occasional bareback hacks together that may or may not involve taking the bank complex a few times.
For Huxley, the journey with Octavian was a very special one and will never be forgotten. The two moved up the levels together – both were green – and formed a special bond that can never be replicated. Octavian was the first horse that Huxley brought along herself and the lessons and skills he taught her were invaluable.
In 2009, Huxley purchased a six-year-old off the track thoroughbred gelding called Vesuvian. During that year also, Huxley was given Por Ti Volare, also known as “Emmy”, by her sponsor, Rebel's Rest Farm.
For Vesuvian, part of 2009 was downtime since he had just come off the track. For Emmy, 2009 was a year for being backed. In 2010, both horses began to make their showing debut at small schooling shows. In 2011, both horses completed their first recognized horse trials, where Ian placed 3rd and Emmy solidly finished.
Today, Huxley is continuing her journey with her current horses, in addition to accepting horses in training, teaching lessons, and continuing her education as a trainer, horseman, and rider. In addition to her equestrian endeavors, Huxley is currently attending school online to pursue her degree in English and Political Science. On the side, Huxley is an avid freelance writer. For more information on Huxley’s journey and current horses, please continue taking a look around.