Hummingbird Stables

Hummingbird Stables Show Team

Welcome to Amy Nelson Equestrian at Hummingbird Stables!
Rochester, IL

With over 23 years riding and showing experience, plus 14 years of training hunter/jumpers, eventers, and problem horses, Amy Nelson can help!  She brings patience and professionalism to riding lessons and horse training.  Amy has extensive knowledge of hunters and jumpers, including studying under George Morris, also Grand Prix level trainers, including internationally known Peter Trappmann (Miami, FL), and Brody Robertson (St Louis, MO area).  She has also competed at higher level jumpers and eventing.  Her passion is in re-training horses after the track.  In recent years, she has used her background in hunter/jumpers to start young thoroughbreds for racing careers in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Canada.  Amy believes that if young horses are taught hunter basics before the track, they will make excellent candidates for new careers after racing.  She also has experience working at the track, as a pony person as well as exercise rider. She has trained horses and taught students throughout the Midwest United States, and even in Guam in the South Pacific.

In 2015 Amy Nelson competed with Hummingbird's River (River Clam) in the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover in Lexington, KY.  She competed against some 4* riders and trainers from around the nation.

Training and lessons available at your stable, or at Hummingbird Stables in Rochester, IL.  Some of our students have never been on a horse...others have shown with the University of Kentucky or SIUE Equestrian Teams.  Whatever your skill level...there's room for you at Hummingbird Stables.

The difference is in the details! Our horses are well taken care of, with safe jumping footing, riding expertise that's second to none in Central Illinois.  Anyone can call themselves a "trainer."  Come see the difference for yourself at Hummingbird Stables.


Each horse is different, and cannot be fit into a 'mold.'  The key to Amy's horse training program is tailoring each session to the individual horse.  Over the years, she has seen horses and riders get hurt when that process is rushed.  She lives by the motto: "be the person your horse thinks you are."

We offer Hunter/Jumper lessons, Eventing training, Gaited horse showing (western/english/open shows), and beginner western lessons.

"The difference between an inexperienced rider and a bad the inexperienced rider will ask a horse to do something in a way he does not understand, and forgive him when he does not perform. The bad rider will do the same and get angry." 
--Amy Nelson


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"Joegun" - aka Hummingbird's Six is competing in the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover support the journey and our mission of finding new homes for other off track thoroughbreds at Hummingbird Stables.  Buy a Tee Shirt TODAY for just $20!

Check out Amy Nelson's "My Life" article in Practical Horseman Magazine - July 2014!
About her experiences in Guam in 2013


Amy Nelson working with Capricious in Yigo, Guam, USA. 2013.  Check out the Photogallery!

Have your OTTB be as sweet as this!  Ace OTTB re-trained by Amy Nelson
with Addison (grand daughter of Tri J Racing's owner)


 Amy exercise riding at Fairmount 2013

Amy ponying horses at Fairmount Park Racetrack, May 2011


Showing at the National Equestrian Center - St Louis 

Amy Nelson riding Riley, under the direction of Grand Prix trainer Peter Trappman.  Miami, FL.

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