Alexia B with Daniel Zilla

Ivy Creahan:  Branscomb Farm Trainer, Rider,  and Instructor

Ivy Creahan joined Branscomb Farm in 2018 as an experienced professional rider and instructor.  Showing exceptional sensitivity and talent for encouraging young horses and amateur riders to enjoy and benefit from her training, she was promoted to Assistant Trainer in 2019 and made Farm Manager in Jauary 2022. Ivy competes the Branscomb Farm horses successfully in both Hunters and Jumpers, often crossing rings with the same horse.  She enjoys teaching amateurs and juniors to develop a close relationship with their horse and to engage as a team in meeting their equestrian goals. Ivy offers both full training (inclusive of lessons and rides) as well as a split training option with Daniel Zilla of Team Calipso, LLC.  Ivy offers, “I feel fortunate that I am able to combine my passion for horses and teaching students in such a beautiful and professional environment.” 


Daniel Zilla, Team Calipso:  Independent Trainer, Rider, and Instructor operating out of Branscomb Farm Facility

Daniel Zilla, after 13 years as the Manager,  principal rider, and trainer at Branscomb has his own training business offered to select clients at Branscomb Farm.  He is an experienced professional in developing young horses for show jumping careers. His training philosophy is a blend of classical and natural horsemanship methods in a careful, horse-directed program of training that encourages athletic development and confidence-building at every stage of education for both horse and rider.

 Zilla competes regularly at the Grand Prix level and attends a regular schedule of "A" shows in California with his clients.    Horses and riders trained by Daniel Zilla have been consistent winners in jumper and young jumper classes across the state for more than a decade.  The 2010 North American licensing champion stallion Contiano BF, the Grand Prix horses Venice BF, Chromatic BF,  and Sonata BF are all examples of horses produced by the Branscomb Farm breeding program that came up through young jumper training to compete successfully to wins and top placings at Grand Prix level by Daniel Zilla.