Instructor & Coaches

Jeff McKessock

Co-owner/Head Coach

Jeff is a certified High Performance Competition Coach. His students compete in jumper, equitation, hunter and dressage. He loves to teach any student with a desire to learn whether they ride recreationally or competitively.

With his base of education ranging from an early start in western rodeo games and steer riding, to national level dressage and jumper, and international level eventing competition, Jeff is able to use training techniques from all disciplines to produce well-rounded equestrian athletes.

Bridget McKessock

Co-owner, coach, office manager

Bridget looks after the administrative duties of the farm – organizing lessons, camps and student activities as well as the many horse shows hosted at Westar. She has recently returned to coaching.

She has a Master’s degree in physiological psychology, is a certified Competition Coach-Specialist and has had a long competitive career, all of which add to her broad base of knowledge of the industry.

Stephanie Wark


Stephanie is a certified Competition Coach and has been a teacher, trainer and mentor at Westar for 8 years, and a competitive rider for 19 years. She is respected and admired by her students and peers for her professionalism as well as her enthusiastic and welcoming nature.

Though she loves to ride and compete with her own horse, as well as those of her students and those owned by Westar, Steph’s biggest sense of pride comes from seeing her students progress in their learning and achieving their goals.


Karen Steadman

Barn Manager

Karen has been our barn manager for 30 years! She knows everything there is to know about the care of horses. She is respected and adored by all the horses and by us as well! Karen’s vast experience dates back to the days of Dwyer Hill Farm.

Our Horses

Our 16+ wonderful school ponies and horses come in various sizes to pair with young riders to adults. We carefully select these partners to suit the wide range of experience of our riders from beginner to advanced.

Our horses are a part of the Westar family and loved by a long list of riders as well as our staff. They are each individuals with their own personality and something to teach every rider lucky enough to have them assigned as lesson partner. Once they retire from regular work in the school, almost every one of our faithful friends lives out their days here at the farm with their paddock pals.


Volunteers are the backbone of many of the activities and shows we offer at Westar. Many have been offering their time and efforts since Westar was born. We are grateful to all who lend a hand whether for the first or the umpteenth time!

We invite students, 12 or older, family members and friends of Westar, to volunteer for any of the many activities and events hosted at Westar. Members of the Westar Volunteer Team help set up for shows, assist with Developments shows, gather in the McKessock kitchen to make lunches for horse show staff & volunteers of the Trillium/Bronze shows or organize prizes and ribbons for show day, paint jumps, helps with camp, judge in-stable shows, groom at shows and many other welcome acts of sharing. If you have other talents you think might be of benefit, let us know about them!

We welcome enthusiatic, positive individuals to become members of the team and represent the great cooperative family atmosphere of our farm.