About Melissa Vaughn

Melissa Vaughn is the Head Trainer and Manager of The Stable on the Woods.


Growing up on the family horse farm in New Hampshire, Melissa has the private personality for which New Englanders are frequently known. Beneath that calm exterior, however, lies an unstoppable drive for professional excel-lence. This woman has true grit!

You’re most likely to see Melissa’s affection for people and horses by her deeds and actions rather than her words. It’s typical for her to accompany a single client and horse to an important multi-day event to ensure that they have a safe and successful experience. Somehow, Melissa digs deep into her energetic core to be there for each and every client on their big days. She cares deeply that each client makes progress toward her/his own goals and as-pirations. Melissa’s teaching style is versatile, articulate, respectful and non-stop.

It’s paradise for the thinking rider who likes to ask a question or two! Melissa is an accomplished rider and trainer of horses through the FEI levels to the Grand Prix of dressage. She works with a number of professionals for her own continuing development, Scott Hassler, a national and international trainer, is her primary guru these days.