Mettawa, IL – June 3, 2016 – Freddie and Jodi Vazquez, owners of Messenger Hill Farm, a successful hunter/jumper training and competition operation based just north of Chicago, take pride that many of their clients have been with them for years. Some students learned the basics as young children in their riding school and have progressed on through ponies, juniors and adults with the couple.
The Vazquezes and their clients compete at the nation’s top AA-rated shows and have earned many championships. They credit their clients’ longevity to the use of the four Cs of coaching: connection, commitment, communication and consistency.
“First, it should be fun,” Jodi Vazquez said. “We try to make a solid connection with our students. We want to understand what each person wants out of the experience and coordinate with the learning style of each individual so we are as effective as we can be.”
The connection concept also means that each level of accomplishment in the sport is intermeshed. And all the steps of the learning process are of equal importance. Freddie Vazquez, who represented Puerto Rico at the 2015 Pan Am Games, realizes the importance of training their youngest riders just starting out.
"I often go from the grand prix arena to the pony ring,” he said. “When you can start kids from step one, that's when you can have long-term success."
His wife agreed. “Each level is as important as the next,” she added.
The Vazquezes run a tight ship and every detail is important. According to Jodi Vazquez, there is an expectation that their clientele, from the youngest walk-trotters to the adults, commits to maintain high standards.
“What we appreciate about their teaching style is that is not about the results, it is about achieving their goals. It is more about the learning process,” said Sharon Watrous, whose two daughters, Elodie and Chloe, ride with Messenger Hill Farm .
"We created a program that establishes from beginning to end, short stirrup to grand prix, that the students get what they need,” Jodi Vazquez said. “For us, that means that no step is missed, no stone is left unturned.
We try to create an environment where everyone feels safe, is learning, having a good time and reaching their goals," Jodi Vazquez said.
"The name Messenger Hill Farm is about passing the message along to the students about American style riding, the message that George Morris and the greats in our sport teach," Freddie Vazquez added. "That's what we strive for every day."
Communication is a two-way street. The Vazquezes say they want to maintain an openness to their program. They want their clients to feel free to ask questions and share their thoughts in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
A philosophy that the Vazquezes live by is that success isn’t an accident. It requires practice and consistency. To learn, they say, means making mistakes and learning from them. Another important aspect of the process is being an active part of the team.
“It has been a remarkable experience for her,” Lynn Taylor said of her college-bound daughter Ellery who has been with Messenger Hill Farm for nine years. “Jodi and Freddie’s philosophy is about dedication. Sportsmanship is paramount.”
For the Vazquezes, focus on the details and employing the four Cs add up to success for their clients.
“It is as rewarding for us as it fun for them when they achieve their goals,” Jodi Vazquez said. “Nothing is more gratifying than to see our clients progress."
About Messenger Hill Farm
Messenger Hill Farm is a full-service hunter/jumper business owned and led by Freddie and Jodi Vazquez. Located just north of Chicago in Mettawa, Illinois, Messenger Hill Farm offers training, lessons, competition and sales.
Freddie Vazquez represented Puerto Rico at the 2015 Pan Am Games and the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games. He served as chef d’équipe of the Team Puerto Rico’s young, junior and child Nations Cup teams at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Jodi Vazquez is a top hunter competitor with countless AA championships to her credit. The Vazquezes teach the American style of riding as advocated by George Morris. They are known for their goal-driven approach and attention to detail.
Messenger Hill Farm offers a show schedule at all levels; including local, national and international. The Messenger Hill Farm team competes at the Winter Equestrian Festival, Tryon International Equestrian Center, Kentucky Horse Shows, Lamplight Equestrian Center, Ledges and more. For those new to the sport, Messenger Hill Farm offers a lesson program with quality, well-cared-for horses.
Click here to learn more about Messenger Hill Farm or call 847-573-1100.