Phoenix Farm offers a unique team environment built on the European model of having trainers and riders and staff working together to create the best learning environment for your horse.

Head Trainers:

John and MerJohn Strassburger began riding at the age of 5, and equestrian activities soon became a family affair. John’s mother was an avid foxhunter, and his sister rode and competed also. John is a graduate “A” Pony Clubber and has competed through the Intermediate/CCI** level in eventing. In addition to eventing, he is an avid foxhunter, a former endurance competitor, and was an amateur steeplechase jockey. For 24 years John was the editor of The Chronicle of the Horse magazine, and he covered every Olympics from 1984 to 2004. John has trained with Torrance Watkins, Denny Emerson, Marilyn Payne, and Sharon White.

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Heather Bailey began riding at the age of 3, starting first in the Western world, eventually riding reining and cutting horses. At the age of 10 she started lessons with Yves and Christine Sauvignon and learned about the sports of eventing and dressage. Over the years she evolved from student to employee, and in 1995 she moved back east. In addition to working with the Sauvignons, she has trained with Jimmy Wofford, Denny Emerson, Paul Ebersole, and most recently Sharon White. Heather managed Sharon’s Last Frontier Farm for 2 years. She has nearly 20 years of teaching and training experience in eventing and dressage. Starting in 2016, Heather has returned to her other love, journalism and is currently the Editor of the WIndsor Times newspaper. As such, she doesn't spend much time working in the horse business anymore but is alwasy available for support and consultation.

Heather & Precision at Wild Horse Valley Ranch, In Napa, Calif. in 1988
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Special Thanks to our resident photographer, Holly Bailey, who shot most of the beautiful pictures of our farm on this website. Holly is available for photo sessions at your farm, call or email us for more information.