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About Us

Bel Mont Farm is located in Waterford, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. Picturesquely settled on 100 acres at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains, our facilities offer the ultimate in horse care, service and training for riders and owners from the novice amateur to skilled equestrian. We provide:

  • Full service training board that includes all aspects of horse care and management, from daily care to coordination of vet and farrier visits and customized training programs for horse and rider

  • We travel to A-rated shows along the east coast as well as local shows in Northern Virginia

  • Clients are welcome to ship-in for lessons or meet us at shows. We will also travel to farms within a 45 minute radius to teach lessons and/ or offer training rides

About Dorna Taintor


As a junior, Dorna competed in the prestigious national Medal, Maclay and USET equitation finals, as well as the  junior jumpers and junior hunters. She went on to work for three Olympians: Peter Leone, Daan Nanning in Holland, and eventually settled in Virginia working for, and then with, Joe Fargis. 


Dorna is currently competing a string of horses that range from those who are attending their first horse show, to horses competing in Grand Prixs. She has developed a strong reputation for developing young horses, giving them the skills that make them competitive, athletic, and easy to ride. Her students appreciate her depth of knowledge and commitment to classical principles. Dorna most enjoys bringing young adults up through the levels and helping amateur riders reach their goals.

About Michelle Mahoney

Michelle began working with Dorna in 2012 and officially joined the team in early 2019. She has experience competing up to the regional Grand Prix's as well as starting numerous horses under saddle and enjoys producing young prospects. She has qualified horses for both the young jumper championships and young event horse championships, while also producing successful amateur hunters. She has experience teaching a variety of students, from those who have never been on a horse before to those competing in the children's jumpers and adult hunters.

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Our Students

We teach a wide range of students from 4 years old in Leadline through to the High Amateur Owner Jumpers and Amateur Owner hunters and everything in between. Some of our students accomplishments include:

  • National Pony Jumper Champion

  • Multiple USEF Zone 3 Horse of the Year Chamionships

  • Individual Gold at the Regional Zone Jumper Championships

  • Multiple Team and Individual Medals at the Regional Zone Jumper Championships

  • Placings at VHSA Medal Finals

  • Hunter Championships at Loudoun Benefit and other prestigious shows

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