Matt Lightner, Manager/Trainer

Matt Lightner Grew up in a small town in Virginia, where he started riding as soon as he could walk.  At the age of 5, Matt knew he wanted to be a Horse Trainer.  Throughout High School Matt worked with an older gentleman by the name of James F. Varner, "Jimmy".  At Jimmy's, Matt learned to show horses, break colts and the overall care of horses.  From 2005 to 2015, Matt worked his way up as an assistant trainerworking for Harrison Shiflet, Smith Lilly, The Caters, and Rob Turner.  In 2015 Matt Moved back to North Carolina to put all of his experience to use as Manager and Trainer at Chestnut Lane.  


Kayla Wilson, Riding Instructor

Kayla Wilson has been riding horses since she was old enough to sit up on her own and has shown a good portion of her life.  She has a strong passion for the American Saddlebred and was a student right here at Chestnut lane for many years.  She loves being able to share her passion of riding horses with people of all ages and is extremely grateful to be able to share her knowledge with all her students.