Owner and head trainer Amanda Eggleston has been competing in Hunter /Jumper competitions for the past 20 plus years. She began riding at the age of 10 in 1990 at High Hopes in Norman after her parents taped the 1988 Olympics and she saw the Equestrian footage. She soon joined Pony Club and graduated in 2000 with her “A” rating. The highest rating USPC has to offer. Amanda was very successful in Eventing from 1993-1997 with her horse Clear For Takeoff “Hershey” under the tutelage of Mike Huber. In 1997 Amanda and Hershey switched to competing solely in the Jumper Divisions due to Hershey being diagnosed with anhydrosis. They went on to be successful in the Jr/AO Jumper division, Eqs, and Mini Prix’s. Hershey was an OTTB and was purchased when he was 5 and Amanda was 12. Together they won numerous championships, year- end local awards, and won Zone Championships in 2000 and 2001. After Amanda turned Pro, Hershey became a favorite of students and carried several to Championships in the CH Jumpers into his twenties. He is the name sake for Takeoff Farm.
Amanda turned Pro in 2005. Since then she has been growing her business and building a successful elite training, showing, and sales program in the Midwest. TF offers a small more personal boarding, training, and lesson program for their clients. Only privates and semi private lessons are offered. The business focuses on the development and training of young horses for the Young Jumper classes and sales along with an emphasis on competitive junior riders aiming for EAP, Young Riders, Equitation Medals and FEI competitions.
Amanda is a USHJA certified trainer and is a National Examiner for the USPC specializing in the Hunt Seat Equitation and Show Jumping tracks. She strongly believes in continuing her own education. She gained valuable knowledge being a working student for Free Flight Farm and has ridden with Linda Allen over the past few years. She has been able to clinic with Nick Karazissis as well, and most recently George Morris, Ann Kursinski, Bernie Traurig,Joe Fargis, and Harald Hoffman. She currently works with Cathi Carroll.
Takeoff Farm specializes in training horses and riders in the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System. The horses are schooled to be in connected forward balance. The rider’s position is based upon the use of the stirrup as the most efficient means of allowing the horse to move forward with ground covering strides. The objective is to have a calm, cooperative horse that can rate his pace, turn easily, and jump easily over any terrain. TF also specializes in starting young horses in their H/J career. Contact Amanda for more info about working with young prospects.
In 2013 Amanda was sponsored by Antares. TF is proud to offer these great saddles, helmets, and tack to our clients!
Junior High and High School students are eligible to participate on the TF IEA team
Check the Calendar page for upcoming events at Takeoff Farm and the horse shows and clinics that we will be attending.