TuDane Farm, located in Warrenton, Virginia is situated on 50 acres, in an area that still holds the splendor of rolling hills and beautiful
meadows, east of the Blue Ridge mountains. The
spacious pastures, a new state of the art 18 stall barn with an overflow barn including
3 stalls and an attached shed make TuDane the perfect
board and/or train your horses. In addition to a large outdoor sand riding ring, measuring 175' x 225', there is access to many trails in the midst of Warrenton Hunt territory. Jonelle Mullen Stern, the trainer and manager of the operation has been involved in the equestrian community since childhood and her pursuit for excellence is evidenced by her many accomplishments. Jonelle was trained by her mother, Tracy Mullen. Jonelle was involved in the 4-H and Pony Club in her early childhood years, and later went on to focus on Hunt Seat Equitation, qualifying for the Medal, Maclay and USET finals as a junior. Jonelle graduated as Salutatorian of her high school in Long Island, NY, and was awarded a partial scholarship to Cornell University based on academics and sports (women's basketball). There she also participated on the Cornell Equestrian Team
and was National Alumni Open Champion on the Flat and National Reserve Open Champion O/F.
Jonelle graduated from Cornell with B. S. in Applied Economics and a Business Management degree. After working in New York City and Washington, DC in marketing, she decided to start her own business and return to her equestrian pursuits full time. Jonelle has set unprecedented goals for herself as well as her students at TuDane farm. She trains young horses and all levels of riders for the hunter, jumper and equitation rings. Jonelle has trained and ridden International Hunter Futurity winners and Champions in the 3 and 4-year-old divisions, and trained the VHSA Hunter Seat Equitation on the Flat Reserve Champion, the Washington International Local Hunter Champion, the Zone 3 Adult Hunter Champion, the VHSA 3-year-old Champion, the National Horse Show Amateur Owner O/F winner, and many other horses and riders in divisions from Short Stirrup to the 3’6” hunters and equitation.
TuDane Farm also employs the expertise of Tracy Mullen, Jonelle’s mother and long-time equestrian and horse person. Tracy graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. She spent 30 years on Long Island, founding TuDane Farm. She organized the Manorville Horse Lovers 4H group, was the Suffolk County 4H leader for five years and founded Olde Suffolk Pony Club, the first and only pony club in Suffolk County, N.Y. She coached the Pony Club to the Regional Combined Training Championship and Regional Show Jumping Championship, and in addition her student was National High Point Individual. She bred, raised and trained AHSA Zone II Reserve Champion and National ribbon winners in the Hunter Breeding Two and Three Year Old division, in addition to the Zone II AHSA Medal Champion, the Long Island Equitation Champion, the Tri-State Equitation Champion, the Long Island Pony Equitation Champion, and the Long Island Green Working Hunter Champion. In 1983 she was awarded the Long Island Professional Horseman’s Association Horseperson of the Year. She also trained Long Island High Score Adult Champion, the National Professional Horseman’s Association Fifth ranked rider and the fourth place rider at the East Coast USET Finals. Over the years she qualified riders for the AHSA Medal, ASPCA Maclay and USET Medal finals and coached riders to Bronze, Silver and Gold USET Medals. In addition her students continued their successes and were Regional Intercollegiate High Point Rider, National Intercollegiate Open Rider Champion, Cachione Cup winner, National Intercollegiate Alumni rider and National Reserve Champion rider. She is a USEF “R” Judge certified in Hunters and Hunt Seat Equitation.
TuDane Farm has a "young rider program" with lessons geared to the beginning child rider. Our instructors focus on safety first, and of course, fun. We will teach students how to interact with and tack up their mounts, basic horse management and the joys of riding through balance exercises, game playing and technique development.