European Business Partner
Yves Houtackers, North Run’s European business partner, is based out of his farm, Springstal Yves Houtackers B. V. just outside of Weert, The Netherlands. Yves is an accomplished international rider who competed at the 2001 World Cup Finals and the 2005 European Championships for the Netherlands. More recently, he has shifted his focus from competing to training clients and selling horses.
Based out of his beautiful facility in Weert, Yves travels throughout Europe coaching students competing at the international level including Joe Clee, Timothy Hendrix, Joy Lammers, Jamie Kermond and Line Raaholt. In addition, Yves was appointed sports director for CHIO Rotterdam two years ago, and has for years been heavily involved in the Dutch Sport Horse Sale Auction that is held at his facility every September.
North Run works out of Yves farm in Weert when competing in Europe. Yves travels to the U.S. when time permits to help ride and train at North Run.
Maggie is a South Florida native and the newest member to the team at North Run. She started riding at the age of 4 and has been competitively showing primarily in the hunters and the equitation since she was 7.
As a junior, Maggie spent most of her time catch riding for a multitude of trainers and owners up and down the East Coast, with her first catch ride experience from renowned hunter rider Scott Stewart and his Rivers Edge Farm. She also focused heavily on teaching, training, prepping and showing young horses and ponies with Jennifer Bieling as well as numerous others in the industry. Maggie has successfully competed for many years at WEF, the Devon Horse Show, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, The National Horse Show, and Capital Challenge, earning hundreds of Champion/Reserve Champion ribbons in USEF rated shows.
Maggie recently graduated college with a degree in Sports Management and Marketing from Oklahoma State University, where she served as a Senior Captain while earning a National Championship as well as 3 Big XII Conference Championship Titles.
Kelly initially joined North Run in 1996 as a working student. She grew up in Hebron, CT and rode with Martha and Armand Chenelle at Windcrest Farm as a young teenager. In 1996, she won the Capital Challenge “World Equitation Finals” and was reserve champion in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals aboard Missy Clark and North Run’s Brother. That same year, Kelly was third overall in the WIHS Equitation Championships on Keratin and fifth at the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search – East on Kallista.
Kelly continued to work for North Run as a young professional for two more years before taking a position as rider/trainer for Scott Steward when he was at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. While at Old Salem Farm, she helped train equitation finalists as well as junior hunter and pony hunter stars.
Kelly then became owner of Union Station Stables for ten years. She trained adult and children’s hunters, junior jumpers, amateur/owner jumpers, pony hunters, and equitation riders. During those years, Kelly collected top ribbons at indoors and shows such as Devon, HITS and the Vermont Summer Festival with both her students and her own professional horses in the green working hunter divisions.
Kelly joined North Run this past fall as an assistant trainer.
Cormac Hanley Rider
Cormac has just recently joined the North Run team. He has been successfully competing on the European circuit for the past few seasons. Cormac hales from the west of Ireland and his entire family is involved in showjumping. His father, Charles, and mother, Sinead, have both competed for Ireland at European level. Sinead won a European gold medal and Charles also won a European silver medal in the 1980s. Cormac's uncle, Carl, is a leading horse dealer in Europe and his other uncle, Cameron Hanley, is an International showjumper and has competed at numerous world games and European Championships for Ireland.
Cormac has been competing at CSI 3* level and has numerous National and International wins. Cormac has competed at three European Championships for Ireland and has earned a total of three European medals. A gold, silver and a bronze. Cormac has also been Junior, Young rider and U-25 National Champion in Ireland. Cormac looks forward to working with Missy Clark and John Brennan at North Run and furthering his career.