Blue Skies of Mapleview LLC About Us

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A family farm

Blue Skies of Mapleview is a limited liability corporation that shelters a small family farm with an emphasis on natural horsemanship. We offer a weekday morning opportunity for adult women to re-connect with riding or begin a new relationship with horses. The Women's Intuitive Riding is unique is this area. Please look at the page devoted to Women's Intuitive Riding. The farm offers a variety of services, including boarding, training and instruction as well as consultation. In the summer we host day camp for beginning to intermediate riders. During the academic year we offer after school riding lessons and therapueutic riding sessions (see AHE article). Our fifteen open acres are in a lovely setting of rolling pastures. We have two riding rings and access to trails both in the woods and up to Maple View Farm Dairy. Our horses and ponies are quiet, experienced members of our farm family.

Watch a 3 min slideshow about the farm.

2008 Chapel Hill News article about the farm

Deborah

Who is holding the reins?

At the age of eight, Deborah Pearson-Moyers rode a giant Palamino into the Wisconsin woods on a family camping trip. She returned with "horse fever" which has never been cured. She trail rode on weekends through middle and high school and finally in her twenties after years of lessons, bought her first horse, Lady of London, who she rode endlessly. She became a racehorse groom for pacers and trotters, worked on a Quarter horse ranch, and led trail rides through the mountains of Virginia. She did find time to graduate with honors from the University of Illinois with a counseling degree and minor in Women's Studies and also to study Foundation Arts and Social Development at Emerson College in England where she met her husband, Peter. After teaching her own four children to ride, Blue Skies of Mapleview LLC was born from a request to teach others. She has now been teaching and learning from riding students since 1996 and leading Women's Intuitive Riding sessions since 2004. She began to offer summer daycamps in response to a request from riding parents and is happy to report that she feels like the luckiest woman in the world to be living her life's dream with horses and all that they have to offer us.

Tammy Biondi

Riding instructor Tammy Biondi

Tammy Biondi is passionate about sharing her love and knowledge of horses with others. She has been teaching for many years, and keeps coming up with new ways to instill confidence in riders of any age, at the same time giving them the know-how and skills to ride safely, competently and happily. Some of her students have gone on to ride and compete at high levels of dressage and jumping. Others have chosen to use their horsemanship skills to simply enjoy the peace and fulfillment that comes from communicating clearly with their equine partner. Tammy is also a horse trivia maven, a former member of the Maryland State 4-H Senior Horse Bowl Team who gets a thrill when her students come up with insightful (and maybe tricky) horse-related questions. Go ahead and stump her: then delight in finding the answers together!

Sonja Pearson-Moyers

Riding instructor Sonja Pearson-Moyers

Sonja grew up riding her pony with her sister and friends in the rings at Blue Skies of Mapleview and then later through the corn fields and pastures of Maple View Farm. At age 12 she began showing her Appaloosa in Hunters. Sonja quickly decided that the world of eventing combined her love of trail riding and jumping in the cross country phase. Eventing also challenged her riding accuracy and connection with the horse in show jumping and dressage. Throughout her riding career, Sonja has trained with many local trainers from top eventers to an Extreme Mustang Makeover trainer. Sonja started teaching the summer camps and assisting with lessons when she was 16. She holds an associate’s degree in Animal Care and Management and a certificate in Animal Control. Sonja rides her own horses and teaches the afterschool riding lessons as well as clinics on groundwork, roundpenning, and horsemanship during summer camp. She enjoys watching her students grow, excel and advance.

Zoe Caira

Riding instructor Zoe Caira

Currently, Zoe Caira is attending North Carolina State University majoring in Animal Science. Her passion for horses has existed for as long as she can remember. She began weekly lessons at the age of 7. Later, Zoe began riding at summer camp and in regular after-school lessons with Deborah Pearson-Moyers at Blue Skies of Mapleview.? Zoe has enjoyed assisting Deborah in teaching riding students during after school lessons and later, began giving her own Saturday lessons. Her favorite summer activity has been and still is being head counselor at Blue Skies summer camps. Just recently, Zoe has become the official owner of a sweet mare, Lily, who she leased for three years and is now inseparable from. Zoe and Lily have taken lessons from several local trainers and have had their fun in the show rings. Zoe is currently interning at Summit Equine Veterinary Hospital in Apex and excited to share all she learns. She feels very lucky to have the opportunity to work with students and women of all levels on Saturdays during the school year and at summer horse camp.

Contact info

Deborah Pearson-Moyers, Manager
3609 Pasture Road
Hillsborough, NC 27278
(919) 933-1444
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Directions:

Pasture Road is a short drive from Chapel Hill, Durham or Hillsborough
- off Dodson's Crossroads about 7/10 mile north of Dairyland Road. view Google map