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Sarah Ash

Head Trainer

Sarah brings our horses and riders with over 41 years of riding and training experience. She started riding at age 6, and trained with Chuck Waters and Pam Graham as a junior rider.  She competed in the junior hunters and the high junior jumpers as a young rider. After graduating from Upper Arlington High School, and The Ohio State University with an honors degree in history, she began working as a barn manager.  She started teaching at age 26, and in 2007 she transitioned to Willow Way Farm (now called True Course) as the head trainer.

Sarah has built an extremely strong and successful program training riders from walk trot all the way to the grand prix level. She also uses her skill and extensive experience to successfully develop young horses and imports into top quality competitors. Sarah's other past and present accolades include OHJA board member, trainer of the year, several OHJA horse of the year awards including National Horse of the Year and most improved rider. In addition, Sarah has trained numerous students at the equitation finals and won multiple champion titles at indoors. In 2018 Sarah trained two horses to champion at the Harrisburg National Horse Show in the 3'3" junior hunters.


Phone: (614) 206-5452

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Michaella Gerlacher

Assistant Trainer

Michaella began riding at age 9 with Pam Graham and Sarah Ash. She competed throughout her junior years starting in the pony hunters and jumpers and progressed as a junior rider in the big equitation, the junior hunters, and jumpers. She competed at Pony finals, Junior Hunter Finals, and Indoors as a junior.


After spending 2 years as an amateur rider, she began her professional career developing, showing and selling horses under Sarah. While continuing to focus on young horses, she has had success competing at Green Incentive Finals, WCHR developing professional classes and continues to compete in the green hunters, young jumpers, derbies, and prix.

She is a 2017 graduate of The Ohio State University.

Phone: (614) 205-4723



Jake Del Greco

Road Manager/Head Groom

Jake has been a part of the True Course team for over 6 years. He previously managed a farm filled with over 40+ show horses and now manages our  horses on the road. He oversees the horses' care, exercise, and health at competitions.

Impeccable horse care and attention to detail is his top priority to give the clients peace of mind when competing away from home.

Jake is also a licensed FEI/USEF Steward at shows both in the US and Canada when True Course horses are not competing.

Phone: (614) 312-9883


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Leah Smaller 

Assistant Trainer

Leah is a 2006 graduate of the University of Findlay receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Studies. With over 15 years of experience in all aspects of the equine industry she brings a wealth of knowledge to our team.

She has shown on the 'A' circuit since the age of 10 and competed in numerous finals as a junior rider. We are so excited to have her positive energy and knowledge added to the team. 

Phone: (708) 362-2089


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Sophie Carlin

 Social Media and Sales Coordinator 

Sophie is an adult amateur competing in the Amateur Owners and Adult Jumpers. She has over 15 years of riding experience in the hunters and jumpers, including numerous appearances and placings at USEF Pony Finals. Sophie has a degree in sport management from Elon University, and has experience working shows.

Sophie brings her background in social media from her college experience and her background in sales to help search for and advertise horses and ponies. Please see our sales page or contact Sophie for inquiries or sale horses.

Phone: (614) 593-9549


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Jenna Rieder

 Social Media and Sponsor Coordinator 

Jenna is an adult amateur competing in the hunters and equitation. She has been riding for almost 20 years and has spent the last three training with Sarah Ash and Michaella Gerlacher. She has two horses, an Oldenburg named Landon and a young Thoroughbred named Noah. She works in corporate finance and in her free time she loves to foster dogs and go out with friends. Jenna is also the best mom to her son, Oliver.

Jenna brings her social media acumen, passion for horses and positive spirit to our team as well as coordinating our sponsorships. Please contact Jenna for any partnership interests. 

Phone: (740) 334-7821


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