Sloane Coles grew up in The Plains Virginia, immersed in all things equestrian. Her father, John, is a former timber racing jockey and currently Joint Master of Orange County Hounds while her mother, Julie, is an accomplished hunter and jumper competitor. There was little doubt that their third and youngest child, Sloane, would follow in her parents’ footsteps.
Sloane enjoyed a successful career as a junior, winning equitation, hunter, and show jumping titles at the country’s top horse shows. She has trained with some of the best in the sport including John and Beezie Madden and Johnny and Kitty Barker, as well as Andre Dignelli’s Heritage Farm, Mark Leone’s Ri-Arm Farm, and Stacia Madden’s Beacon Hill Show Stables.
Now a professional rider and trainer in her own right, Sloane has claimed victories across North America including at the Hampton Classic (New York); HITS Saugerties (New York); HITS Culpeper (Virginia); and the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (Michigan).
Her current top mount is Chippendale’s Boy DZ, owned by the Springledge Group consisting of Landon and Carol Butler, Alan and Eileen Wurtzel, and John and Julie Coles. Paired together at the beginning of 2018, Sloane and “Chip” racked up top placings together at the international level and quickly caught the eye of United States show jumping team selectors. In September of 2019, Sloane made her Nations’ Cup debut at the prestigious CSIO5* Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament in Calgary, Canada.
Sloane graduated from Drew University (New Jersey) in 2011, having majored in sociology and business. An all-round athlete, Sloane now owns and operates Springledge LLC, a top-class hunter/jumper facility located at The Oaks Farm in the heart of Virginia’s hunt country. In addition to developing horses and riders for the show ring, Sloane and her family also operate a retirement program caring for over 50 horses at the neighboring 350-acre Springfield farm.
Chippendale’s Boy DZ
2009 bay Zangersheide gelding by Chippendale Z x Lupicor
Owner: The Springledge Group
Pembrey Condors Diamond
2010 chestnut Anglo-European mare by Condor x Ramexico
Owner: Sloane Coles