The Story of How Amber Hill was Named
Chick Flick "Amber" still bringing in those tri-colors at WEF after all of these years! This Welsh Cross Mare started it all and was the first pony we owned and we named our farm after. Amber is the reason our hill became known as Amber because when you pulled in you would inevitably see her on our hill with my horses grazing away. I can not even count how many beginners she has showed the ropes to and how many blue or tricolors have hung from her bridle! At our Northern Farm we have a tackroom full of her ribbons all from her. This is the first pony I ever trained. She was Emma Mandarino's 7th birthday present and was purchased through Robbie Burroughs. She is now owned by Alex Talmage in The Hamptons who bought her for her daughter and has been leased out in barn ever since. I can not count how many children she has helped teach to ride. I couldn't have asked for a better home. Alex has taken excellent care of her. It is so nice to see her still going and doing what she loves. The legend lives on. You have proved wrong whomever said you should stay away from a chestnut mare or mare's in general. A good mare, no matter what color, is worth her weight in gold.
We love you Amber and we are so proud of you!
Thank you Alex for sending me this picture and making my day!
Emma and Elizabeth Mandarino
Amber Hill Farm LLC was started over 12 years ago after Elizabeth and Emma Mandarino fell in love with the sport. Elizabeth combined her background in business and her behavioral background with her passion for the horses in order to help fulfill her daughter’s dreams. Utilizing a positive training strategy, she focuses on behavioral training in order to communicate with the horses and ponies. Her philosophy is to put oneself in the mind of the horse, explain things in their own language and train from there. Amber Hill Farm began as just Elizabeth with Emma and her short stirrup pony, Chick Flick. The name Amber Hill was derived from Chick Flick’s barn name, Amber, combined with the rolling hill that the Mandarino’s Bedminster farm resides on. The collection of Emma’s ponies and horses began growing along with customers ponies and horses, soon it was clear that the combination of Elizabeth’s business and training skills with Emma’s riding abilities would make for a masterful training business.
Now Amber Hill Farm has two locations, the original in the heart of horse country in Bedminster, New Jersey and the other in the mountains of Northeast Georgia. The evolution of the farm over the past decade has proved exponential, as there are now more than 40 horses, including a breeding program.
While Elizabeth and Emma specialize in the training, marketing showing and selling of hunter/jumpers, their passion has spread to the breeding as well. Their extensive knowledge of the horses and ponies proves useful in the handling of the animals, from youngsters to old, made ones. Amber Hill Farm, LLC prides itself in its ability to turn hard work into fulfilling dreams. Elizabeth and Emma have devoted their lives to fulfilling their passion and working with the horses and ponies.
Amber Hill is where "hard work pays off and dreams do come true".
Amber Hill Farm LLC