TREC Instructor Profiles

 Kaye Handlon: Obstacles / COP

TREC-USA Member 2014-2017

I’ve been riding since 1980. I starting out with western pleasure and transitioned to hunters, lower level eventing and then developing a passion (though not the pocketbook) for dressage. I was very fortunate to spend a few good years with mentor who was the by-product of the Hungarian Cavalry School and because of this I’m a great admirer of Bertlain DeNemethy and his methods (not to mention what he did for riding in our country). I really love the notion of a horse and rider that cross train.

I began teaching riding in 1993, with an emphasis / passion for adult beginners, youth and solid horsemanship basics. I spent a little time as a DC and instructor for Clearwater Pony Club, and some time as a Pony Club mom with Shady Lane Pony Club.

In 2001 I moved to NC and opened a small boarding / lesson facility in Angier (Harnett County). From then to now I have started several dozen new riders (and have actually taught some of their kids now), I have started dozens of green horses/ponies, rehabbed dozens more, and even started a pair of green Morgans as artillery horses for a local Civil War reenactment group/club 2 years ago.

Phone: 910 703 5370
Email: spsinfo@startingpointstables. com

Mary Harcourt: Obstacles / COP / Orienteering

2012 Team TREC-USA Chef d’Equipe and Rider: 2012 TREC World Championships, Mafra, Portugal

2016 Team TREC-USA Rider: TREC World Championships, Segovia, Spain


Mary Harcourt, an Animal Science graduate from Virginia Tech with a master’s from George Mason, is past president of the Virginia Horse Council, former Director of Riding at Averett College and former instructor of Equine Science for the Moore County, NC schools. Now retired, she is currently President of USNETO and acted as Chef d’Equipe for Team TREC-USA in the 2012 TREC World Championships.

Mary has ridden since she was a child. She has shown hunters and jumpers, foxhunted, evented, driven carriages, and ridden many miles of trails and finds horses and all things about them to have been her lifelong passion.

Mary first became involved in TREC in 1997 when she participated in the first TREC World Championship held in France. Since then she has ridden in TREC events throughout Europe and has committed her time and energy to bringing the sport of TREC to the United States.

Mary Harcourt / Aberdeen, North Carolina / 910-944-5797

Kim Harrison: Obstacles / COP / Orienteering

2012 Team TREC-USA Rider: TREC World Championships, Mafra, Portugal
Kim Harrison has been riding since she was a child, and has experience foxhunting, breaking horses for the track, schooling polo ponies, and teaching riding lessons. She became aware of TREC in spring 2011 and rode on the US team at the TREC World Championship in fall 2012. She considers TREC an ideal sport for all types of horses and riders-an obtainable challenge, a confidence builder, and a wonderful way to strengthen the skills of both horse and rider.

Kim Harrison / Moseley, Va / 804-639-0881 /

Paula Nelson: Obstacles / COP

2016 Team TREC-USA Rider: TREC World Championships, Segovia, Spain

Equestrian Background: BS Equine Science, Meredith Manor graduate. 40 years foxhunting experience, currently board member and whipper-in at Sedgefield Hunt. Former first and second flight field master for over 20 years. Have state and national awards through second level dressage and training level eventing. Competed on national level in polocrosse; certified polocrosse umpire. Former 4-H coach and Pony Club DC. Trail ride extensively in mountains of NC and VA, including Mt. Rogers, Leatherwood. Phone: 336-312-3303  email

Kim Stoddard: Obstacles / COP / Orienteering

2012 Team TREC-USA Rider: TREC World Championships, Mafra, Portugal

2016 Team TREC-USA Chef d’Equipe: TREC World Championships, Spain


Kim Stoddard has extensive youth riding experience including membership in US Pony Club & 4-H, and volunteer work in a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program. She fox hunted regularly and showed horses and ponies Hunter and Equitation through junior division (3’-6”).

As an adult she has continued to pursue her passion for horses, travel, and trail adventures both on foot and on horseback. While living in New York City, she rode as a mounted auxiliary officer for NYC Parks Enforcement Patrol and also rode for many years with Netherwood Acres Farm, where she competed in hunter trials, hunter paces, and eventing. She has fox hunted in Maryland, Virginia, New York, and Ireland.

Now residing in North Carolina, Kim has discovered TREC to be an exciting new challenge and ideal discipline to pursue with her adopted wild mustang. Kim rode as a team member for Team TREC-USA at the 2012 World Championships in Portugal, and is currently President of USNETO. Kim has contributed her time and professional expertise to many projects for TREC-USA, including design of the logo, website, team uniforms, and trade-show materials. Kim travels regularly to New York, Virginia, and Colorado, and would be happy to offer a clinic in those areas as well as others.

Kim Stoddard / Chapel Hill, North Carolina / 919-370-3581

Anne Buteau: Obstacles / COP / Orienteering

2012 Team TREC-USA Rider: TREC World Championships, Mafra, Portugal


Anne Buteau developed her horsemanship skills in Great Britian, gaining experience working and riding in a variety of equestrian disciplines, and also teaching lessons.

Now a resident of the United States, Anne has been a professional Hoofcare Practitioner since 2000, and is a  Certified Member of the American Hoof Association.  She is an experienced endurance rider, with 30 and 50 mile endurance rides under her belt.

Anne discovered TREC in January 2012, and rode with Team TREC-USA in the 2012 TREC World Championships in Portugal. She has offered TREC workshops and skill building weekends from her farm in Nelson County and sells TREC gear through her website:

Anne Buteau / Shipman, Virginia / 434 263 4946 / 434 260 4701 /