About Us


Christine Spoonster Wooley: Instructor/ Trainer

Christopher and Christine Wooley: Owners

 

   

 

  •  “Vicki Spoonster School of Equitation” was founded by Vicki Spoonster over 30 years ago. Vicki started her riding career at the age of 15 when she began riding at Richlon Farm in Sharon Center, Ohio. After many years as a dedicated young equestrian she eventually became the head riding instructor at the farm.  During her career Vicki educated her students not only on the basics of riding but also the joys of loving a horse. She instructed many local, national and world champions over the span of her career. 
  •  Vicki was an active member in the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA), as well as being a member of the United Professional Horseman’s Association (UPHA), American Saddlebred Horse Association of Ohio (ASHAO), United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the American Riding Instructors Association. She was also active in “Just Say Whoa” an anti-drug and alcohol program for young riders.  In addition to all she did for the horse world, Vicki was also a Registered Surgical Nurse at Akron City Hospital and an active member in community volunteer organizations. Vicki passed away in June of 2005 of colon cancer. Since her passing, her daughter Chrissy has taken over her legacy as a riding instructor and opened a place of her own, Lily Valley Farm in Sharon Center, Ohio. 
  •  Christine Spoonster Wooley has been showing horses since she was 2-years-old and has competed locally and on the national cuircut where she has won numerous titles and awards including two World Championships in 2000, with WGC Highpoint’s Fantasia. As a young equestrian Chrissy was the president of  the ASHA youth group at Richlon farm and was also involved in the "Just Say Whoa" program.  Chrissy is a 2001 graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School in Akron, Ohio and a 2005 graduate from the University of Dayton, with a degree in Public Relations. After her mother’s death in 2005, Chrissy became a professional riding instructor and trainer and in June, 2007 she and her husband, Christopher, opened Lily Valley Farm.  Chrissy is a member of the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA), United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) and a participant in the Northeast Ohio Academy Riders program.   She also is a volleyball coach for Catholic Youth Organization (CYO).      
  • Chrissy and Christopher have begun to run programs at the farm for young riders with mentally and physically handicaps. Christopher is an Intervention Specialist at Garfield Heights City Schools. Lily Valley Farm has hosted several groups from the Medina County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (Medina MRDD) and Barberton City Schools. Programs for Boy and Girl Scout troops are also available.

 
Vicki and her first horse TempestVicki and her first horse Tempest
 
1986, Chrissy, Vicki and "Fancy Miss"1986, Chrissy, Vicki and "Fancy Miss"
 
Trail riding in Taos, New MexicoTrail riding in Taos, New Mexico

 
Vicki and her Lipizzaner mount in Lipica, SloveniaVicki and her Lipizzaner mount in Lipica, Slovenia
 
Chrissy and Vicki riding at the Lipizzaner stud farm in Lipica, SloveniaChrissy and Vicki riding at the Lipizzaner stud farm in Lipica, Slovenia
 
1999 World Championships, first ribbon won at Louisville!  It was a fifth place but it felt like a blue!1999 World Championships, first ribbon won at Louisville! It was a fifth place but it felt like a blue!

 
2000 World Championship, Louisville, KY.2000 World Championship, Louisville, KY.
 
2000 after winning the World Grand Championship, Vicki, Chrissy, Tinkerbell and her caregivers2000 after winning the World Grand Championship, Vicki, Chrissy, Tinkerbell and her caregivers
Chrissy and Vicki at the UPHA Awards Banquet where Highpoint's Fantasia was named 3-Gaited pony of the YearChrissy and Vicki at the UPHA Awards Banquet where Highpoint's Fantasia was named 3-Gaited pony of the Year

 

Lily Valley Farm
950 Fixler Road
Wadsworth, Ohio 44281
(330) 239-2847