6600 Maynard Farm Road

Chapel Hill

North Carolina 27516


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Lynn’s Students

Terry Sosa is an adult amateur, and Vice President of Biostatistics Operations at IQVIA (formally Quintiles) in Research Triangle Park, NC.  She lives in Apex, NC with her husband Jeff and her 13-year old daughter Robyn, who is totally into soccer (not horses!). 

Terry has owned a few horses, including Doublet, her Grand Prix schoolmaster who has been retired for many years now; and Wereina, a Dutch warmblood mare by Diamond Hit, who she showed through 3rd Level, and retired to the breeding shed in 2016. 

Since early 2017 Terry has been riding Lynn’s Grand Prix horse, d’Artagnan. Terry says that, “It has been quite a treat to get back in the saddle and ride such a well-trained horse, and be able to work on all the upper level movements again.” She and Lynn have been focusing on a combination of basic exercises, as well as upper level movements, to get Terry focused again, back in shape, and potentially back in the show ring sometime in 2018. 

CLICK HERE to read Terry's experience training with Lynn.

Liz Bromberg lives outside of Chapel Hill, just a few miles from North Star Training Center. She began taking lessons from Lynn Leath in 2005. With Lynn’s guidance, Liz and her Swedish-Trakehner mare, Magda, have learned about dressage together, starting with the basic aids, and slowly but surely working their way up to Intermediaire 1. Liz and Magda have won many awards together, including USDF Bronze and Silver Medals; and they are currently schooling the Grand Prix.

In December 2014, Liz purchased Vigoureux, a recently gelded and green-broke Trakehner. Under Lynn’s supervision, she has started the journey up the levels once again. Building on the experience gained with Magda, Liz and Viggy have won many awards at Training and First level at the State, Regional, and National levels, in both the regular and freestyle divisions. In 2018, Liz hopes to move Viggy up to Second level.


CLICK HERE to read Liz’s experience training with Lynn


Mary (VonWerne) Jones is the trainer Cedar Hill Farm in Moncure, NC. Mary, who is primarily a hunter/jumper trainer, jumps at any opportunity to build up her dressage skills. So whenever a viable dressage prospect comes into her life, she goes to Lynn to hone her skills. With Lynn’s help, Mary has competed up to Intermediaire 1, and earned her USDF Bronze and Silver medals aboard a variety of wonderful horses, including Intact, Cameron, and Castello.

CLICK HERE to read Mary’s experience training with Lynn

Laurie Weiser, DVM is the owner of Pittsboro Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Pittsboro, NC, and Blume Farm, a small Hanoverian breeding farm in Silk Hope, NC. Her breeding program descends from her imported Elite Hanoverian mare EM/SPA Dorfblume (Davignon-Matcho-Garibaldi). 

Laurie began working with Lynn in 2010 with her homebred mare EM Roseblume (Rotspon-Davignon-Matcho). Together, the pair worked their way up to Third level, earning the USDF Bronze medal in 2014. “Rosie” is now retired to the breeding shed.

Laurie recently purchased a five-year old mare, Louisianna (Solos Landtinus-Don Schufro), bred by Oak Hill Ranch.  She hopes to come out at First level with “Lulu” in spring 2018.  

        CLICK HERE to read about Laurie’s experience training with Lynn


Catelin Brown is a paralegal with a small law firm in Cary. She has been riding with Lynn since November of 2010 after she made the move to Wake Forest from Arlington, Virginia.

She brought with her two geldings: Black Ice, “Buddy”,  (left above) an Arabian/Trakehner and DMD Don Juan, “DJ”, (left below) a Polish Arabian.

As a Jr/YR, Catelin and Buddy were Champions at the 2006 BLM Championships for Training Level, as well as 7th place at the USDF Region 1 Championships. In 2008, the pair again placed 7th at First Level at the BLMs. DJ and Catelin also had a successful career as a Jr/YR placing 7th at the 2005 USDF Region 1 Championships at First Level, and at 2006 BLMs at Second Level.

Catelin has taken both horses on the Arabian circuit as well, and garnered many Regional and
National Titles with her boys. In 2011, Catelin and Buddy went out together for their first year as AA’s winning some of her Second Level classes and a Dover Medal class too!

This year, both horses are schooling Third Level in order to help Catelin finish her requirements for her USDF Bronze Medal.

            CLICK HERE to read about Catelin’s experience training with Lynn


Jennifer West moved to Durham in 2012 with her husband Brian, son Scott, and Dutch Warmblood gelding, Kashmir.  Jennifer is the Fitzpatrick Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke.  She conducts research in biomaterials – designing synthetic materials for specific functions in medicine.  For example, she has developed nanoparticles that can be injected intravenously, accumulate specifically at tumor sites, and then destroy tumor cells when activated with infrared light, minimizing damage to normal tissues.  This cancer therapy is now in two human clinical trials. 

In 2016, Jennifer purchased Gym, an OTTB, and retired Kashmir. Both are loving life at North Star Training Center!


Dawn Weniger, USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist, is owner and trainer at Firstview Farm, Apex, NC.  A student of NSTC for over 20 years, Dawn currently competes Don Derrick, a horse she found in Belgium as a 2-year-old. Dawn has trained Derrick from green to Grand Prix with Lynn’s guidance, winning many regional and national awards along the way. Dawn has also coached her daughter, Anna, and husband, Andrew, to USDF Bronze and Silver medals on the horses that she has trained.

Donna Christopher has been a student of Lynn's since 1995. When she is not riding, Donna manages three daughters, several horses, ponies, cats, dogs, and one husband at her home in Bahama; as well as two hundred+ employees at Almac Ltd. in Durham, NC. 

Together with her Oldenburg gelding, Landor SB, Donna earned the USDF Bronze medal in 2010; moved up to Fourth level in 2011; and debuted at PSG in 2012.

Donna is currently on hiatus from riding, as she has taken on the role of Horse Show Mom, supporting her daughter, Katherine, in her eventing adventures.


             CLICK HERE to read Donna's experience training with Lynn.

Katherine Christopher, a senior at Northern High School, competes in 3 Day Eventing, and has trained with Lynn since 2012. She is from Bahama, NC and successfully shows at the CCI* level. Katherine says that her horse, Fred, “is an OTTB who is extremely capable in the dressage ring and tries his heart out every time, and an absolute machine in the jumping phases.”

In November 2017, at the Ocala CCI*, Katherine finished on her dressage score, landing her 18th out of 93 competitors; and she also earned her qualification for the 2018 NAJYRC. At the 2017 Carolina International CIC*, Katherine was the only junior young rider (under 18) in the top ten following cross country.

While juggling both riding and school, Katherine also plays club and varsity high school soccer.

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Jennifer Swanson, MD is a board certified emergency physician, serving as the Senior Medical Director for Duke Urgent Care since 2011.  In that role, she is responsible for the medical oversight of nine clinics with over 150,000 patient visits per year.

Jen and her Andalusian-thoroughbred mare Corsana have been training with Lynn since late 2015.  The pair enjoyed a successful 2016 show season, earning the final scores for the USDF Bronze medal, as well as USDF All Breeds Championship and Reserve Championship awards at Second and Third level MFS, respectively. In 2017, Jen and Corsana took time off from the show ring to focus on training. And for Christmas, Jen bought herself an “adorable” 14.1 hand, palomino, Welsh-Trakehner pony, named Glitterati. In 2018, Jen hopes to show Glitter at First level, and move Corsana up to Fourth level.


Melissa Deal, of Victory Land Dressage in Burgaw NC, is an ARIA Certified Instructor and Qualifying Connection Training Instructor. She began working with Lynn in 2017, and has the privilege of riding Lynn’s Grand Prix horse, d’Artagnan. Melissa earned her final scores for the USDF Bronze medal aboard d’Artagnan in October 2017. Reflecting upon her experience in the past year, she notes that: “Lynn is a superior horse show coach and a dedicated instructor, and I am grateful for her guidance and encouragement. d’Artagnan is an equally patient teacher and deserves endless accolades!”

Melissa looks forward to continuing to train and show with Lynn and d’Artagnan in 2018.

Karen Allred,DMA, is a pianist and instructor of piano in Chapel Hill. She and her husband, Jack Griffith, live on their small farm with four horses, four cats, and two dogs.

Karen began riding with Lynn in the 2008; and has competed successfully with her home-bred, nine-year old, Oldenburg mare, Stargazer Lilly. In 2016, Karen and Lilly earned the USDF All-Breeds award program Oldenburg Championship in the Training level Vintage Cup division. In 2017, the pair debuted their First level musical freestyle with a score of 70%. Karen and Lilly also qualified for Regional Championships in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Karen looks forward to performing a Second level freestyle with Lilly in 2018.

Karen also recently purchased an upper-level Andalusian-Hanoverian gelding, Del Norte. Norte brings several new aspects to Karen’s horse ownership and riding education: this will be Karen’s first upper level horse; a long time breeder of dark bays, this will be her first gray horse (and a new opportunity to learn grooming techniques); and, at 17.2 hands, Norte will be the tallest horse she has ever had to climb on. But Karen looks forward to the opportunity, and says that Norte, “is a giant, sweet, easy-going nuzzler, who will make a fabulous partner!”

CLICK HERE to read about Karen's experience training with Lynn.


Lana Hall didn’t start riding until she was forty years old, but she is working hard to make up for lost time. She recently purchased Diamont, a 16.1 hand Polish warmblood, who is trained to Grand Prix. According to Lana, he is “a super schoolmaster and a blast to ride.” Her other horse, Albey, a 16.3 hand Dutch warmblood, is trained to Prix St. Georges. Lana moved her horses to North Star Training center in late 2017 in order to work with an established Grand Prix trainer and instructor.

Lana explains, “I have a lot of work to do to be able to ride these horses well and effectively!  Although I'm not terribly interested in showing or competing (at the moment, anyway), I love training and learning, and Lynn is wonderful to work with. I enjoy the process!”

Luna Barboza began riding when she was just ten-years old. Three years ago, the age of 11, she began working with Lynn.  Luna now trains and competes on HRH Popstarr, a 20-year old KWPN gelding, and Donatus, a 13-year old Wurttemberger. She plans to show both horses at First through Fourth levels in the coming season. Luna accomplishes all of this with the coaching of her mother, Penny – who began riding with Lynn long before Luna was born!

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