Holly grew up on her family’s horse farm in New Jersey. The daily exposure to what it takes to keep a successful farm running instilled a strong sense of horsemanship at a young age. Holly learned and advanced under the tutelage of her mother, Susan Lohmann. Susan trained her from lead-line through the Pony Hunter divisions and all the way up to the AA circuit in the Big Equitation and Junior Hunters. In her teen years, she and Susan teamed up with some of the nation’s top hunter, equitation, and jumper trainers: Frank Madden, Titi Mills, Martha and Armand Chenelle, and Mary Babick, to name a few. Some of her career highlights at this time include: competing at the USEF Medal Finals, New England Medal Finals, CHJA Medal Finals, National Junior Hunter Zone Finals, and competing in the USET, Maclay, Medal, Junior Hunters and Jumpers for several years. Holly also earned top ribbons at The Devon Horse Show, The Metropolitan National Horse Show, New England Medal Finals, Connecticut Medal Finals, and was Junior Hunter Horse of the Year 2004-Zone II 15 and Under.
Holly went off to have a successful college career as well, graduating from Messiah College with a degree in Communication, ahead of the usual 4 year schedule. During her college years she became a professional. Holly’s varied experience makes her an asset to any horse and rider. She successfully coached an IHSA team of 16 riders, has brought beginner riders up the ranks to competing at AA shows, and has years of managing, sales, training, and judging expertise.
Today, Holly is teaching, training, showing, and judging schooling shows and NCEL competitions. She is also the coach of Key School's Equestrian Team which competes in the IEA (see Key School Equestrian page). She specializes in training horse and rider to work as a team in preparation for the Hunters and Equitation. Her teaching style is praising students and horses for their good attributes and working to improve weak skills through encouragement and proper education drawn from the Morris system. Part of Holly’s winning philosophy is maintaining honesty, professionalism, and safety in everything from judging, to clinics, teaching, and showing. She aspires to getting her “r” judging card in the next 5 years. Holly has completed her USHJA Trainer Certification.