Emma Fogler, grew up in Columbia, South Carolina where she rode and showed Hunter/Jumpers at a Regional and National level and then started her professional career riding and training professionally for 6 years prior to starting her own business in south Charlotte. Emma trained as a Junior rider under the guidance of Columbia professional, Adrian Mack. Emma was a frequent competitor on the SCHJA and PSJ circuits while also showing regularly at the AA shows in the Junior Hunters and Equitation. Some of Emma's accomplishments from her Junior years include winning many Year-End Champions on both the local and A circuits, multiple top four finishes at the South Carolina Palmetto and Governor's Cup Equitation Finals as well as in the Progressive Show Jumping Medal Finals, top ribbons at horse shows such as The Aiken Spring Classic, Raleigh Indoors and The Biltmore Summer Classic, and also being the 2006 recipient of the South Carolina Hunter Jumper Association's "Millwood Trophy," given to the Best Child Rider on a Horse for that year.
Emma received an equestrian scholarship to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College where she competed in IHSA as an Open Rider. After her freshman year, trainer Adrian Mack opened her own business in Columbia when Emma returned home to attend The University of South Carolina and begin riding and training as a professional at Mack's newly opened "Creekside Farm." Emma stayed at Creekside for 6 years assisting in managing the barn, riding and showing consignment horses and horses in training, and instructing riders of all levels. At Creekside, Emma also became involved in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association where she served as the Zone 4 Region 4 President and helped coach the Creekside IEA Team to a National Championship and Reserve National Championship title in 2014.
Since opening Across Town Farm, Emma has brought along many young riders from their first lesson through the horse show ranks. ATF students have been the recipients of many tricolor wins at both the local and national level and qualified for USEF Pony and Pony Medal Finals, USHJA Children's/Adult Hunter Finals and Zone 3 Finals. Emma appreciates the challenges of starting young horses in the hunter rings and enjoys bringing along her own horses. She enjoys all aspects of the horse business and continues to enjoy watching and learning from other professionals while consistently working to improve her own riding and training skills. She currently holds her Category I USHJA Trainer Certification and her SCHJA and NCHJA judges card. She stays involved in the local horse community as a member of the South Carolina Hunter Jumper Association Board and the SCHJA Executive Secretary.
Nick Stewart has been an avid rider, competitor and horseman for the past 25 years. He grew up riding in the Hillsborough area, beginning with trainer, Ginny Rollins. At the age of 13 he began his jumper career and moved on to riding with former Olympic rider, Andrzej Kurowski. Under the tutelage of Andrzej, Nick competed in the Child/Adult and Junior/Amateur Jumpers on his horses Mattingly and Pargale throughout the Southeast. Nick competed IHSA as an Open Rider for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte before returning home to begin working as a professional out of his mother's Rosewood Farm in Mebane.
Nick has worked in horse show management for the past 18 years, meeting a variety of professional riders and trainers from around the world. While working with top professional, USEF "R" judge and FEI course designer, Ken Krome, Nick was offered the opportunity to travel to Maryland to work as a demo rider for George Morris in a clinic. After this meeting, Nick traveled to Wellington that winter to assist Morris at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Nick has also worked with Mike Heneghan and Don Stewart among others and has recently partnered with Stewart in consigning his horses for lease and sale, assisting riders of all levels and ages find their perfect match.
Nick frequents the local NCHJA and A rated shows with several clients and their horses who are active competitors in the jumper and equitation rings. He is also the coach of the Elon University IHSA Team and an SCHJA and NCHJA carded judge, pursuing his "r." He also continues to ride and show his own young horses and investment horses at home while continuing to work at horse shows and was the 2019 recipient of the Sibby Wood Sportsmanship Trophy, presented by Progressive Show Jumping, at the Camden Spring Classic Horse Show.
In September of 2019, Nick partnered with Emma Fogler and Across Town Farm and purchased a new facility for the Charlotte based operation to move to Mebane. Nick and Emma look forward to continuing the operations of Across Town Farm, running their sales and consignment business while continuing to service the training needs of horses and riders at all levels.