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Reese Koffler-Stanfield - Page 2
Stanfield is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a B.S. Agricultural Economics and an M.A. in International Commerce and Diplomacy. She earned her USDF Gold Medal in 2005 on Jennifer Conour’s Fascination and is a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level. With a lifelong background in horses shared with her family Stanfield is a full time professional horsewoman who has trained on a regular basis with Conrad Schumacher.
Koffler shared her earlier pursuits with her sister and teammate Lindsay competing together at the North American Young Riders’ Championships representing Region 2. Reese says that she is grateful for her sister and that, “We work well together and depend on each other for eyes and help. We also respect each other’s opinions, experience, and competence.
Our Mom is our head cheerleader and along with Dad, our biggest fan. She has been a great role model and has always taught us that if we are in a position to help someone or to volunteer, we should give back to our sport." Stanfield's mother Margie Koffler has been USDF Volunteer of the Year, and served as the chairman of the Governor's Advisory Council for the Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games.
Reese’s Dad world-renowned ophthalmic surgeon Dr. Bruce H. Koffler is one of her biggest supporters. Reese is quick to add that even though her Dad doesn’t ride he has become a very discriminating observer, wonderful groom. “After years and years of sitting through lessons, clinics, and overseas study, my Dad knows Dressage.”
In 2006 Reese Koffler married her college sweetheart, Travis Stanfield a software engineer, and together they purchased the property in Georgetown, Kentucky, which they continue to develop adding a new indoor arena with quality footing, fencing and stabling to accommodate their growing clientele. Now 31 years old Reese is happily settled into married life on their farm and knows she has a good thing with her supportive husband. “I know how fortunate I am to have a basically non horsey husband who totally supports my horsey lifestyle,” Reese adds. “Travis respects my goals whether it means a winter in training and competition in Florida, or implementing the next phase of development on our farm here in Kentucky.” In fact the Stanfields have their priorities in place when it comes to what that entails. They have a charming but small studio apartment in the middle of their barn knowing someday they will build a house, but for now Travis is just as proud of the new indoor recently completed as his wife.
Reese’s mother Margee, who successfully raised top conformation hunters on the farm the Koffler sisters were raised, established the name Maplecrest Farm. Reese continues to carry on the family tradition now breeding dressage horses in addition to her training, competition and teaching agenda.
Reese’s family support is admittedly one of her strongest assets. That support also included a strong work ethic instilled at an early age. "We always had good horses, instruction, guidance and opportunity, " said Reese, "but my mother was a taskmaster and knew the importance of discipline and earning our way."