Kimberly Isley – Owner and Barn Manager

Kimberly began Mane Event Stables so that her two daughters, Sierra and Llia, could fully pursue their love of horses. Her passion for quality horse care and making Mane Event a true community, combined with her skill for organizing and coordinating all of the barn’s activities, drive the success of the operation. Previously to owning Mane Event, Kimberly worked in multiple management positions including finance and human resources. She is well known for her incredible determination and contagious energy. Kimberly current owns Abby, Dandy, Domino, Armani, Snickers, and Van.

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Amy Brumbach – Assistant Manager & Primary Lesson Instructor

Amy started her riding career while she was attending North Carolina State University at an English pleasure barn in Raleigh.   Amy progressed from weekly lessons, to leasing a horse, to finally purchasing her first horse, Commands Easy Lady within the 4 years she was at NC State.  While at NC State Amy worked as a breeding intern at NC State’s Equine Educational Unit, learning everything she could about breeding and raising young stock.  After college, Amy’s worked at Rougemont Sport Horses in Bahama, NC under the guidance of Dr Ellen Ziemer, DVM and Dr Jerry Waddle, DVM.  It was at RSH that Amy bred “Easy” to a local Connemara stallion, Seaborne Schooner and on May 27th, 2003, Journeyman’s Houdini was born.  From 2003-2016, Amy worked at Equestrian Arts Institute in Mebane going from a teaching apprentice to Program Director/Assistant Trainer.  Amy furthered her riding under the tutelage of Toney Massinople (owner of EAI) and has also lessened with Lynn Leath (Grand Prix Dressage trainer).  Amy has taught beginners through riders competing Beginner Novice Eventing.  She loves to watch her riders grow into smart, compassionate, tough riders.  Amy has competed through Novice Eventing, 1st level dressage and 3’0” Jumpers.  She has trained her horse Journeyman’s Houdini from birth and has also re-trained two Off the Track Thoroughbreds, including one of her current horses Canon.


Necia Joy Gooch – Treasurer

Necia has been with Mane Event since its inception, when she was given an off-track thoroughbred gelding named Prince. Necia is known for her loving attitude, positive energy, and warm kindness. She currently lives in Durham with her husband Barry and three daughters Mia, Hannah, and Ellen Joy. Necia is a proud stay at home mom and home school teacher, and is also happy to be a member of Mane Event Stables staff functioning as the Treasurer.

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Christi Costigan – Lesson Instructor

Christi has professionally instructed students and trained horses for over twenty-five years, and is certified by the American Riding Instructor Association (ARIA). Her expertise spans a wide variety of disciplines, with a main focus of utilizing dressage to help riders develop a balanced seat, effective aids, and a positive partnership between horse and human. Christi has trained under Eicke von Veltheim, Carol Brett, Jean White, and Carol Bulmer, and studied under Dr. Max Gahwyler, Chris Erwin, Cindy Sydnor, Steve Kennkburg, Jessica Ransenhousen, Carolyn Resnick, Pat and Linda Parelli, and Conrad Schumacher. Christi is a three term past President of Dancing Horse Dressage and Combined Training (Florida), a Charles Owen certified helmet fitter, a certified Stubben saddle fitter, and a Southern States Advanced Equine Feed-master. Her personal horses have included Arabians, a Thoroughbred, a Dutch Warmblood, a Lipizzaner, an Appaloosa, and a Quarter horse. She has owned or managed facilities housing an average of thirty horses. She has never met a horse or student she didn’t love working with.

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Lynn Gomes – Veterinarian

Lynn Gomes, D.V.M., B.S. Animal Science, is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. She earned a B.S. in Animal Science at Dalhousie University in Truro Nova Scotia. Dr. Gomes graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. After graduating she completed a one year surgical and ambulatory internship at Ocala Equine Hospital and has been working in the Raleigh area ever since. Dr. Gomes joined HorseCare Veterinary Services as a full partner in 2014. Dr. Gomes professional interests are preventative medicine, lameness and poor performance issues, vertebral manipulation (AKA “equine chiropractor”) and diagnostic imaging. In her free time she enjoys riding and competing with her horse Hantz, spending time with her husband and 2 dogs, and gardening.

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Jael Given – Hoof Care Specialist

Jael is a natural hoof care specialist based in the triangle area. Her passion for horse well-being shines through in her work. She treats each horse as an individual, focusing on balancing the hoof in regard to each horse’s specific idiosyncrasies and needs, and always helps the owner understand the process. Jael also enjoys spending time with her horse and german shepherds. We are grateful to have her as one of our Mane Event Stables staff.

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Contact us by email or by phone for more details about our Mane Event Stables staff: (919) 391-8042