Sloane Coles grew up in The Plains, Virginia, immersed in all things equestrian. Her father, John, is a former steeplechase jockey and currently Joint Master of Orange County Hounds while her mother, Julie, is an accomplished hunter and jumper competitor. There was little doubt that Coles would follow in her parents’ footsteps.
She enjoyed a successful career as a junior, winning equitation, hunter, and show jumping titles at the country’s top horse shows. Coles has trained with some of the best in the sport including John and Beezie Madden and Johnny and Kitty Barker, as well as Andre Dignelli’s Heritage Farm, Mark Leone’s Ri-Arm Farm, and Stacia Madden’s Beacon Hill Show Stables.
Now a professional rider and trainer in her own right, Coles has claimed victories across North America, including at the Hampton Classic (New York); HITS Saugerties (New York); HITS Culpeper (Virginia); and the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (Michigan).
Riding Chippendale’s Boy DZ, she caught the eye of United States show jumping team selectors and made her Nations’ Cup debut at the prestigious CSIO5* Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament in Calgary, Canada, in 2019. Coles is currently riding Coldplay and De Vleut at the top levels as well as developing Hotspot, who was acquired during the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival.
A 2011 graduate of Drew University (New Jersey), Coles now owns and operates Spring Ledge LLC, a top-class hunter/jumper facility located in the heart of Virginia’s hunt country. In addition to developing horses and riders for the show ring, she and her family also operate a retirement program caring for over 50 horses.