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Terri Poland

Terri Poland


Terri Poland grew up in central Michigan on her grandfather’s farm. She always hoped and dreamed of having her own horses. That dream became a reality when her daughter, Brittni, fell in love with the sport in 2003 when she joined United States Pony Club (USPC). Since then, Terri has become a successful business woman in the horse world frequently traveling, hauling, buying and selling horses - producing several successful strings of competition horses. In 2018 Terri and her husband, Dan, purchased 25 acres in Leesburg, VA which they converted into Broad Shadow Farms, LLC — a private boarding facility. She prides herself on high quality horse care. No detail is too small, and the horses’ happiness and comfort always comes first.

Terri Poland

Madison Foote

Lead Trainer & Barn Manager

Madison Foote joins Terri Poland in the day to day operations of Broad Shadow Farms. Madison comes with 20+ years of riding and extensive industry knowledge. She grew up on a Michigan Farm riding at her family’s personal facilities – Shoeman Road Farm. After having a successful childhood of riding and competing Madison chose to stay in the horse industry. She continued her education through a hands-on approach before returning back to the family farm to create her own teaching and training program. Years later, Madison had to say goodbye to her beloved facility and look for the next chapter in her training/teaching/competition career. After competeing all over the East Coast for two years Madison has settled back down into Broad Shadow Farms.

Madison has previously spent a year abroad, in Scotland, working under International CCI**** event rider, Ian Stark. Under Ian, Madison was able to take her string of horses from preliminary to the CCI** level. During this time Madison developed international working relationships, while also gaining knowledge on how to successfully run a business and string of horses at the highest level in the industry. After returning from Scotland Madison continued her education working for CCI**** riders in the states. Throughout her continued education Madison gained extensive experience in caring for upper level athletes and show experience as both groom and rider.
USEA ICP Level 1 Certified Riding- Event, Show Jump, Dressage; Schooling/Lunging; Bandaging; Equine First-Aid; Grooming- Event & Show Jump; Handling Youngstock; Starting/Breaking.
Madison has countless horse trials completions. She has successfully competed through all levels up to CCI**. A few career highlights are:
  • 5/24/2018 – Virginia CCI/CIC HT – (CCI*)- Dolly – 14th
  • 3/21/2018 – Carolina International CIC HT – (CIC*) – Dolly – 43rd
  • 8/24/2017 – Richland Park HT – (CIC**) - Wailea – 44th
  • 7/14/2017 – The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm II – (CCI*) – Wailea – 6th
  • 08/23/2012 - Richland Park HT- (CIC**) - Clip Clop - 24th
  • 06/24/2012 - Fox River Valley HT - (CIC*) - Clip Clop - 1st
  • 10/13/2010 - Fair Hill International - (CCI**) - Sam I Am &  (YEH-5yo Championships) - Adamo - 9th
  • 07/15/2010 - Cosequin Stuart HT - (CIC**) - Sam I Am &  Sleeping Bear -  (CIC*) - Oberon D’Orange
  • 10/15/2008 - Fairhill CCI** - Sleeping Bear  & Sam I Am
  • United Kingdom 2008 - Sam I Am and Sleeping Bear: Burgie CCI*, Thirlstane CCI**, and Blair Castle CCI**
  • A true paradise.

    Broad Shadow Farms is an equestrian training and private boarding facility located in Leesburg, Virginia. The farm sits atop 25 rolling acres with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and vineyards. Horses receive top care based on high quality services and attention to detail.

    Established in 2018, Broad Shadow Farms combines generations of knowledge in the horse industry. Terri Poland oversees the grounds while Madison Foote has taken the lead trainer and barn manager position.