Denise Taylor Worrell



That first blue!

Denise (Taylor) Worrell began riding at age 11 at Watchung Stables, in Hillside, NJ.  She won a blue ribbon in her first class and was thus irrevocably bitten with the horse bug. She started and ran the Trenton State College (Now College of NJ) Intercollegiate Horse Show Association chapter in 1970 when the IHSA was only 3 years old.

Taylor Family winning the 1987 Family Class at Devon

From 1982-2000 she owned and ran the very successful Windfall, a show stable located in Southampton, NJ.  Her riding took a backseat to that of her three children and a heavy teaching and training schedule.  Besides an array of successful junior and adult competitors (winning everything from Leadline at Devon and the National Horse Show to ribbons at pony finals, zone finals, and numerous local championships) Denise is probably best known for bringing along daughters Meredith and Devon Taylor.

Better known is Meredith, who trained with Denise exclusively until she was 11, and then was co-trained with Mike Heneghan, Gary Zook, Ken Berkeley, and Missy Clark.  As a fellow professional, Denise had the opportunity to be included in every lesson, show prep, and course walk that her daughter was given by those trainers.  Consequently, her own level of expertise was increased exponentially by that exposure.  She traveled from West Palm Beach to Vermont and everything in between, gaining an education.



Less well-known was younger sister Devon, who trained almost exclusively with Denise with occasional horse show help from Gary Zook, Patti Harnois, and Gary Duffy.  Devon is best known for her years with  the great Glannant Little Irene  who won everywhere from the Hampton Classic to Children’s Hunter Pony Reserve at Harrisburg, and was Reserve Champion at the Marshall and Sterling Children’s Hunter finals in Washington (back then the horses and ponies were all in one finals together, and there were 36 horses and only 2 ponies in the finals that year).

Denise sold the farm when her children grew up and now teaches free-lance to local South Jersey riders, judges several horse shows a year, and gives occasional clinics.  She joins Meredith once again at Fenway Farm, in Shamong.

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