Missy has led the equitation and show jumping training ranks for years. She and her husband, John Brennan, own North Run.
Missy grew up in East Aurora, NY where she learned to ride under the watchful eye of her mother, Doris Clark, a locally renowned horsewoman. Together, they began their business, Fox Run. Missy later went off on her own and started North Run. As a junior rider, Missy was a working student for Chuck Graham, a well-known Buffalo, NY professional. Missy then rode jumpers with George Morris and Rodney Jenkins, and spent some time working for Jimmy Lee.
Missy’s strong roots in the US equitation system have helped her produce numerous top riders, many of whom have become successful professionals. For most of the last twenty years, North Run riders have won a national or reserve national equitation championship. In 2010 Hayley Barnhill won the USEF Medal Finals and the ASPCA Maclay Finals. Michael Hughes was reserve champion at the Maclay Finals the same year. In 2011 Hayley Barnhill was reserve champion at the WIHS Equitation Finals, and in 2012 Catherine Tyree finished third at the Maclay Finals. In 2013 Michael Hughes won the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search – East Finals in Gladstone, NJ.
Many students of Missy’s have gone on to compete in grand prix and international team competition under the tutelage of North Run including Hillary Dobbs who is the youngest competitor to win $1,000,000 in grand prix prize money. Missy was also directly involved with the partnership of two gold medal winning horses with their riders for the 2004 Olympic Team. Missy’s coaching talents, work ethic, keen organizational skills, and desire to be the best that she can be are all passed on to her assistants and students making for winning combinations.
Missy’s involvement in the sport goes beyond coaching and training. She is an active member of the North American Riders Group (NARG) and serves on several USEF and USHJA committees including the jumper committee and the equitation committee. She is also extremely found of her miniature wirehaired Dachshunds, Chili Dog and Dandelion, and supports the Dachshund Rescue of North America (DRNA) and Danny and Ron’s Rescue.