Patty Sheehy Rogers ’83 has been named Trainer of the Year by the Ohio Hunter Jumper Association. The award was presented at the organization’s annual banquet earlier this year, following a statewide election by OHJA membership.
At Sweet Briar, Rogers was a member of the riding team and served on the Riding Council. Upon graduation, she returned to her home state of Ohio and quickly made a name for herself as a sought-after trainer among the state’s established and up-and-coming riders. She and husband, Richard Rogers, owned and operated Branch Hill Farm in Loveland, Ohio, which competed in the nation’s most prestigious horse shows.
About five years ago, the Rogers moved to Lochmoor Stables Inc. in Lebanon, Ohio, where Patty serves as head trainer and is responsible for operations of the award-winning boarding and training facility. Rogers also trains national competitors at Roberts Stables in Wilmington, Ohio.
Throughout her career, Rogers has trained some of the best-of-the best, including United States Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year winners, USEF Pony Finals champions, a U.S. Hunter Jumper Association World Championship Hunter Rider Emerging Pro champion, and numerous zone champions. She has coached riders to champion and reserve champion titles at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Washington International Horse Show, U.S. Pony Finals, Winter Equestrian Festival and Devon Horse Show — as well as countless Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan horse shows.
Rogers has taken an active role in governance, currently serving on the OHJA board of directors. She is no stranger to industry recognition and has been awarded the Midwest Region’s Pony Trainer Reserve Champion by the USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Program.
Rogers is respected by the equestrian community and beloved by her riders and their families, who look to her as a mentor, as well as a trainer. She says her most important role — whether training beginners or national competitors — is “mentoring young riders to be considerate, passionate and responsible horsemen and women.”