Kate Cardalico

Kate Cardalico


Kate Cardalico grew up in Connecticut, where she began riding horses at age 7 in 1986. Kate’s junior career was spent competing horses and ponies successfully on the AA rated circuit, under the guidance of trainers Bob and Sharyn Cole out of Neshanic Station, NJ.  In 2002, after attending college, Kate accepted a job riding for and managing River’s Edge Farm in Flemington, NJ for Scott Stewart and Ken Berkley.  During her years there Kate was responsible for all aspects of running their winning facility on the road and at home, as well as riding and preparing for the show ring such famous hunter champions as Chopard, Ovation, Beyond, Tribute and Felini.  Fortunate enough to be given the chance to show several nice horses through her years there, she used every opportunity to learn what it meant to develop young horses and to compete at all the best shows in the country. A few highlights including winning Championships at WEF, Littlewood, Old Salem Farm, and many others.

In 2006 she won the Devon Young Hunter U/S overall with one of Scott Stewart’s young hunters, Sport’n Life. In 2008, after many winning seasons with River’s Edge Farm, Kate took a temporary job working for a small private jumper farm in Ocala, FL as a trainer/rider, getting her feet wet in the jumper ring, showing and training for the 2008-2009 season. In 2009, eager to gain more experience teaching, Kate strategically took a job working for Jimmy and Ellen Toon’s JT Farm in South Salem, NY as an assistant trainer and rider. Kate spent her years there teaching riders of all levels in the lesson program, as well as taking clients to shows during the winter, and showing several of Jimmy’s young horses at the local A shows.  Kate was also able to gain experience helping several top junior equitation riders obtain points to qualify for Medal, Maclay, USET and NEHC Finals.

In 2012, Kate left JT Farm to work for as the head trainer for a small hunt barn that had a few clients wishing to show hunter/jumpers.   For two years there she had many successes including the 2013 Old Salem Farm Winter Circuit Short Stirrup Champion, 2013 Old Salem Farm Winter Circuit Adult Hunter Champion, and the 2013 CHJA Finals Adult Hunter Winner, as well as qualifiying students for the 2013 Junior Hunter Finals and 2014 Pony Hunter Finals.

In 2014 Kate moved to Aiken, SC to start a family, a year later, following the birth of her son, Oliver, she was right back at it developing and selling young horses for private clients, before officially joining the Bridlewood Team in 2017.

Not one to subscribe to a one size fits all program, Kate always approaches training her horses with an understanding that each one is different, unique and should be given a program tailored to bringing out the best of their abilities.

Brett Sterling

Brett Sterling


Brett Sterling has a long and successful history as a hunter/jumper trainer and rider. With over forty years of experience and twenty years as a professional trainer, Brett’s passion for horses is unwavering. 

Brett is from Grand Rapids, Michigan where he grew up riding with Char Sobie and Maryann Cram. As a Junior rider Brett showed at Detroit Motor City horse show, Waterloo Hunt Club and Stoney Ridge Farm. He qualified for the Medal and Maclay. He also competed on the HJAM circuit and MHJA circuit in the hunters and equitation classes.

After Brett’s Junior career he worked for Teddy Ismond in Wellington for several years before returning to Michigan to work at High Hollow Farm where he managed a farm with over 25 horses and taught a lesson program from beginner to advanced, as well as riding and training boarder-owned and sale horses for over 10 years.

Brett was the IHSA coach at Grand Valley State University for 5 years where the acheived many wins in both regional and zone championships.

In the late 90’s Brett opened his own operation, Sterling Meadows, in Ada Michigan. Brett ran a successful program and had many students that he trained from beginners at local shows through advanced at AA shows. Brett’s proven record for developing young horses and producing competitive show hunters and jumpers aided his horse sales program.

Brett’s favorite part about training was the opportunity to work with young children and develop them as riders all the way through their teenage years. He enjoyed matching them with their first pony, last Junior horse, and all their equine partners in between. Brett was a role-model for his young students and especially enjoyed hearing from them as amateurs.

Although Brett loved Sterling Meadows he decided it was time leave the Michigan winters. Brett moved to Aiken in January, 2016 and joined the BWF team. Brett fit right in and quickly became a key team member. Brett and Kate work great together and their teaching styles complement one another. Students have said that working with both Kate and Brett has made them a stronger and more confident rider.

Brett’s philosophy when training horses and riders concentrates on matching horses to riders at all levels of ability and budget.



Barn Manager

With a Degree in European Business and Finance from Derby University in England, and a background in horses spanning 15 years, including grooming for the US Team in Denmark for the 2007 World Pony Driving Championships, Sophie has a great balance of business acumen and equine experience. Her professionalism provides great comfort to clients who know she will always make sure their horses will receive the very best in equine care.



Jenna is the CEO of Bridlewood Farm. After graduating from Emory University in 2010 with a major in psychology, she came to Aiken to help build Bridlewood. Jenna is responsible for all facets of the facility – design, operations, marketing, finance, and most importantly – horse care. Jenna is an avid equestrian and she enjoys showing her horse, Ferragamo’s Feature, “Noah”, who is a firm favorite at Bridlewood Farm.



Gary is the CMO, Chief Mentoring Officer, of Bridlewood. He is involved in strategic planning, finance and facility development. He has designed and implemented the myriad of state of the art systems used at Bridlewood. His real passion though is just being one of the people who appreciates the incredible talent brought together at Team Bridlewood.