Karl Bauer opened North Jersey Equestrian Center , the largest equestrian complex in the state, in 2001. Bauer, who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA, began showing horses at 4-H shows and open competitions when he was 9. Five years later he began taking lessons from Robert Standish, USET’s executive director. In 1973, he began training and showing horses for Standish as well as his own at AQHA events. Bauer has since bred, trained and shown American Quarter Horses, many of them ROM, national and world champions as well as Superior Horse Achievement earners. He specializes in youth and amateur riders that show western pleasure, hunter under saddle, equitation, horsemanship and showmanship at the local, state, national and world levels. Past President of the New Jersey Quarter Horse Association, he has been an AQHA national affiliate since 1997, and was seated on the NJQHA Board of Directors for six years. He is a member of the AQHA Professional Horseman’s Association, Breeders Referral Program and the National Snaffle Bit Association. His talent and experience have earned him numerous awards, including the 1998-99 NJQHA Breeder of the Year. In addition, he has two back-to-back world championships in Mounted Shooting under his belt in 2006 and 2007. Karl currently sits on the board of directors for the American Quarter Horse Association.

Karl Bauer

Andrew Penny

Danielle Holl has been involved with horses for most of her life.  At just 7 years old she started taking lessons at a local barn, by age 10 she was in the show ring.  Once she was old enough to work she began working at the same barn she started at, learning the ropes as a show and school groom. She eventually went off to Delaware Valley College in Bucks County, Pennsylvania to further her horse career and obtained a BS in Equine Science.  Here, she competed on the IHSA team for two years before purchasing her own horse as a training prospect.  While in Pennsylvania, she started her teaching career at the Mercer County Equestrian Center working with beginner to intermediate riders.  After a year, she found a teaching job in Newtown, Pennsylvania at Brigadoon Equestrian Center where she taught for three years.  She successfully took numerous students to shows, worked with numerous horses, and taught riding lessons.  Throughout those three years, she was taking her students to rated and AHS shows along with showing her own horse. Today, Danielle teaches at NJEC and loves teaching riders from the beginner level through the advanced stages. She is always willing to adjust her teaching techniques to help you meet your riding goals, whether they are personal or show goals!

Derek Drobenak specializes in training and showing American quarter horses in various events including Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, Halter, and Trail. Under Derek's guidance his riders have won numerous championships and accolades at the Open and AQHA levels. In 2015, Derek joined the William Paterson University IHSA Team as their western coach where they compete against the best collegiate teams in the northeast. Outside of show season, Derek has a wide range of experience in horse training and teaching student riders of all abilities by creating a solid understanding of fundamentals and allowing each horse or student to excel at his or her own pace. Derek is always eager to work with new clients who want to take their competitive riding to the next level.     

Danielle Holl

Derek Drobenak

Hayley Rooney

Meet The Trainers

North Jersey Equestrian Center fosters refinement between both horse and rider. Individual planning with students, along with solid direction will lead to superior achievements. NJEC promotes family values, togetherness, and gives kids a healthy focus.


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North Jersey Equestrian Center, LLC

The Tri-State Premier Riding Center

Susan has been teaching dressage for over 15 years, and has been located at the North Jersey Equestrian Center since 2009.   She has a special talent for working with non-traditional horses, as well as horses with behavior issues.
Susan believes that correct riding is a lifelong pursuit.  She sets high standards for her students, and believes that there are no shortcuts to success.   She utilizes many different techniques in order to get the very best from the horses she works with, including long-lining, work in hand, and cavaletti.  Additionally, she has her students frequently work on the lunge-line to improve their balance and posture.
After beginning her riding career as an eventer, she turned her focus to dressage.  Susan has trained with some of the icons of the dressage world, including Nuno Oliveira, Hilda Gurney, Belinda Nairn-Wertman and Uwe Steiner.  Currently, she trains with Katie Riley and Paul Belasik.  She has also studied Parelli Natural Horsemanship with Nita Jo Rush.
Susan works as an advanced practice nurse at UMDNJ, where she works with children with cancer and blood disorders.  She holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Colorado and is currently pursuing her PhD.

Andrew has spent his entire life loving horses and being a part of the equestrian world. From being raised by his parents who ran a boarding school and stables, to coaching riding, and training and managing horse farms as an adult, Andrew has acquired an impressive resume. Andrew loves to work with riders and horses of all levels. Many of his students compete successfully in shows throughout the the Northeast He is happy to take new clients and help them and their horses enjoy the world of riding as much as he does.

North Jersey Equestrian Center, LLC

The Tri-State Premier Riding Center

Hayley Rooney has made her passion and love of horses her career. Hayley began riding at 5 years old and never stopped. Hayley trained with many top professional trainers in the Tri- State area during her junior years. After finishing High School, she continued to pursue her passion by enrolling and attending Centenary College, earning B.S. degree in Equine Studies. Immediately after graduating College, she began freelancing; in 1997 Hayley started her own equestrian Business, Holland Hills Farm, LLC.  In the fall of 2004, William Paterson University was looking for a new equestrian coach to manage and grown their team; Hayley accepted this new challenge with the same spirit and drive to succeed as she does with everything she undertakes. The team has thrived, during the 11 years, she has been coach; in 2014 Hayley was voted IHSA Coach of the year for the region her team competes.  She is also a certified EMT and CPR/First Aid instructor. Hayley lives in Wyckoff, with her husband Kevin and 4 children.  Hayley's quote to live by is  " I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" -Maya Angelou

Susan Labagnara