about us

Footlight Farm has been owned and operated by Elsbeth Battel since 1979. For nearly sixty years, Beth has gained an expertise in all manners of horsemanship.

She has competed in several disciplines including hunters, jumpers, eventing and dressage. Her TB mare "Later that Night" won multiple hunter championships at prestigious horse shows including The Washington International, Devon, Pennsylvania National - Harrisburg and National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. "Richtig" her Holsteiner gelding, has competed around the country including the East Coast, Florida, St. Louis, MO and Kentucky and has taken riders to the equitation finals. 

Beth has ridden as a Whip, fox hunting with Monmouth County Hunt.  While studying in Austria she was introduced to dressage and the benefits of dressage training for all horses and disciplines. She rose through the levels, competing in Grand Prix competitions and ultimately earning the Gold Medal from the United States Dressage Federation (USDF).  The combination of dressage and jumping naturally led to combined training, or eventing as it is commonly called, in which she competed through preliminary level horse trials.

Having a special interest in breeding and raising young sport horses, Beth has been breeding TBs and TB/Warmbloods at Footlight Farm for more than 35 years. She likes to give the youngsters an all around education and see where an individual horse is most comfortable, then let that be the horse's speciality. This approach has produced several top horses in multiple disciplines.

Over the years, Beth has partnered with professional riders, producing top level, national and international competition horses including CCI2* winners at horse trials. "Cool as Ice"  her Holsteiner mare, is competing in CIC3* national and international three day events.

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We are very pleased to welcome our new trainer and manager, Willette Brown, to Footlight Farm.

Willette has achieved the Gold Medal from the United States Dressage Federation (USDF). She is a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) “R” dressage judge and an active competitive rider, trainer and instructor. Willette has competed event horses through the CCN* level and in dressage at the Grand Prix level. Willette has coached Fédération Équestre Internationale Junior Rider/ Young Rider (FEI JR/YR) and adults to locals, regional and national awards. Willette is returning to New Jersey after many years teaching and training in New England and most recently, in Wellington, Florida.

Willette has ridden for over 20 years with Barend Heilbron, a transplant from Holland to New England, who currently operates a farm in Ocala, Florida. He is a gifted instructor and horseman who manages to get the best out of all his riders no matter their level. She also rides with Shannon Dueck in Wellington, Florida who is a Grand Prix rider, trainer, and competitor. Shannon was long listed for the Olympic team on her mare, "Ayscha", and trains with Carl Hester. Willette has competed at Radnor, Dressage at Devon, Gladstone, and throughout New England. Her coaching has taken her as far south as Wellington, Florida and as far west as California.

Willette’s style of teaching reinforces the rider’s abilities while giving confidence to achieve higher goals with the horse and rider. Willette enjoys working with all levels of horses and riders seeking to progress in eventing or the fine art of dressage.