Owner and head trainer Amanda Eggleston has been competing in Hunter /Jumper competitions for the past 20 plus years. She began riding at the age of 10 in 1990 at High Hopes in Norman after her parents taped the 1988 Olympics and she saw the Equestrian footage. She soon joined Pony Club and graduated in 2000 with her “A” rating. The highest rating USPC has to offer. Amanda was very successful in Eventing from 1993-1997 with her horse Clear For Takeoff “Hershey” under the tutelage of Mike Huber. In 1997 Amanda and Hershey switched to competing solely in the Jumper Divisions due to Hershey being diagnosed with anhydrosis. They went on to be successful in the Jr/AO Jumper division, Eqs, and Mini Prix’s. Hershey was an OTTB and was purchased when he was 5 and Amanda was 12. Together they won numerous championships, year- end local awards, and won Zone Championships in 2000 and 2001. After Amanda turned Pro, Hershey became a favorite of students and carried several to Championships in the CH Jumpers into his twenties. He is the name sake for Takeoff Farm.
Amanda turned Pro in 2005. Since then she has been growing her business and building a successful training, showing, and teaching program. TF offers a small more personal boarding, training, and lesson program for their clients. Only privates and semi private lessons are offered. TF's focus is on quality not quantity.
Amanda is a USHJA certified trainer and is apprenticing to become a National Examiner for the USPC. She strongly believes in continuing her own education. She gained valuable knowledge being a working student for Free Flight Farm and has ridden with Linda Allen over the past few years. She has been able to clinic with Nick Karazissis as well. She currently works with Cathi Carroll.
Takeoff Farm specializes in training horses and riders in the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System. The horses are schooled to be in connected forward balance. The rider’s position is based upon the use of the stirrup as the most efficient means of allowing the horse to move forward with ground covering strides. The objective is to have a calm, cooperative horse that can rate his pace, turn easily, and jump easily over any terrain.
In 2013 Amanda was sponsored by Antares. TF is proud to offer these great saddles, helmets, and tack to our clients!
Takeoff Farm is the home for the University of Oklahoma Equestrian Team. Amanda became the head coach for OUET in 2013. The team competes in IHSA shows and hosted our first Regional Show in November! Please contact us for more information about how to be on the team or how to become a sponsor.
Takeoff Farm has partnered with the Oklahoma Thoroughbred Retirement Program to help re train and adopt out Thoroughbreds for new careers. Please check out our sale horse page for info on how to adopt one of these great horses at www.takeofffarm.com.
Horseback Heroes is a program for children of OK National Guardsmen who are deployed overseas. Takeoff Farm is proud to be a part of this great program since its inception in 2012. Horseback Heroes allows children an opportunity to learn about and ride horses. Plans for a week long summer camp for these children are in the works at Takeoff Farm.
Amanda Eggleston riding Openly Jealous in the
2015 Go Preview Show at the OKC State Fair Park.
Photo: LeAnn Albeck Smith