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There's A New Game In Town

Kimber, Lauren and Michael DiTallo opened High Finance Farm, offering lessons, boarding, training and showing.

Diverse Backgrounds Combine For the Total Program

Gurnee, IL – December 1, 2015 – The DiTallo family is pleased to announce the opening of High Finance Farm, Inc. at the Fields and Fences Facility in Gurnee, IL. With Kimber DiTallo and daughter, Lauren, taking the helm as the head trainers, the new game in town offers riding lessons and training for all levels of riders in fun and educational environment.
Kimber brings not only her numerous years (she doesn’t count any more!) of horse experience as horse owner, rider, manager, instructor and event organizer, but also over 19 years of corporate experience as a Manager in Skills Development Training.  That experience gave her in-depth background in how to train people and she applies those skills daily. She is also a United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Certified Trainer and was the USHJA Zone 5 coordinator and National Host for the 2011 Emerging Athlete’s Program (EAP) National Finals.
“We want to run a business that teaches horsemanship skills in a fun, friendly and professional environment,” said Kimber. “We all have skills from different aspects of the horse business which help us cover all the bases of training and showing.”
Lauren grew up riding and competing in the Chicago area and has been a professional in the industry for four years. She was a National Top 12 Finalist in the USHJA EAP in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Through the EAP, she had the privilege of working with several different top professionals across the country including Julie Winkel, Mindy Bower and Melanie Smith-Taylor. After graduating from high school, Lauren moved to Reno to work as an intern for Winkel. There she gained further skills in riding, training, young horse development, show management and horsemanship. Lauren graduated from Julie Winkel's program after two years in 2013.

Lauren DiTallo and Totally Wicked at Lake St. Louis. Photo Lili Weik

Lauren has competed at the highest levels of the hunters and jumpers and has experience working with natural horsemanship, young horses, and problem horses. She currently competes with her jumper, Totally Wicked, in the 1.30M jumper divisions.
After settling into the large lesson and show facility, the family bought out the riding school and lesson program. With the assistance of Stephanie Lucero, the farm offers a full-scale lesson program Tuesday through Sunday. Lucero comes with years of experience from pony club to eventing, enhancing her teaching skills to provide the best lesson curriculum for each rider’s ability.
High Finance Farm is able to provide boarding, private lessons, riding school lessons, training, showing and sales. The farm plans to keep things hopping with a Thanksgiving Horsemanship Camp, a Holiday Camp, Summer Camps, schooling shows, A and AA horse show opportunities and clinics. The farm welcomes top clinician and course designer Linda Allen for a clinic January 23-24, 2016.
The Fields and Fences facility is conveniently located close to I 94 and hosts a variety of horse shows right at the location, making lessoning and showing simple and inexpensive. The facility offers:
  • 2 heated indoor riding arenas.
  • 4 enormous outdoor riding arenas with all-weather footing 
  • Turf grand prix/hunt field with 2 water jumps and bank jump
  • Large Box Stalls
  • 26 pastures/paddocks
  • 12 miles of private, groomed bridle trails through 600 acres
  • 10 heated wash racks,
  • 6 tack rooms
  • Heated and air conditioned clubrooms for each indoor arena 
  • Satellite TV, wireless internet and kitchenettes
  • Fire detection system. Security cameras. Automatic fly/mosquito control   systems.
Whether you own a horse or not, High Finance Farm can provide you with a complete equestrian experience that is both educational and fun.

They are currently offering Gift Certificates for lessons, the perfect Holiday gift for the special equestrian in your life.

Contact them today to see what they can do for you or to purchase your Holiday gift certificate.

High Finance Farm, Inc.
At Fields and Fences
36550 N Hunt Club Road
Gurnee, IL 60031

847-436-1234 or 847-436-2477
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