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 trainer working 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.
Lindsey Gama, Assistant Trainer/Instructor
Lindsey began riding at the age of 3, and started taking Saddleseat riding lessons at the age of 7. Lindsey has had a very successful Saddleseat career thus far, to include several national championship titles starting at the age of 9. Rounding out her youth career, she brought home two gold medals when competing for the United States World Cup team in South Africa. Lindsey graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, MO with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science. Throughout her college career she interned summers at Cater Stables in New Hampshire. During her junior and senior years of college she worked full-time at Callaway Hills Stables, a world-renowned Saddlebred breeding and training stable, in Missouri. In 2012 and 2013, Lindsey returned to Cater Stables as an assistant trainer and instructor. Lindsey took some time away from the industry, but has recently returned to provide her Equitation expertise.