Mountain Thyme Training

Providing quality training for horse and driver

Jillian (Gemmell) Stroh has been working with horses for over a decade. Although she began her training in the saddle, it wasn’t long until she was carriage driving full-time. In her teens she started competing in pleasure driving in the New York show circuit.

Jillian's showing experience extends along the east coast, from Vermont to Florida to even Canada. Out of high school, Jillian became a working student for Muffy Seaton at Shepherds Purse Farm. Jillian learned the ins and outs of combined driving, including travel to C.D.E’s and driving all different types of equines. As a working student, Jillian was able to regularly drive singles, pairs, and tandems, and gained experience driving four-in-hands.

In 2008, Jillian became full time navigator and groom for Janelle Marshall.  In 2011, Janelle, Jillian, and her pony Captain Jack Sparrow went to the World Pony Driving Championships in Slovenia and finished 18th out of 31. She is thrilled to say her experience is now at an international level. While in Europe, Jillian received navigating lessons under Koos de Ronde. 

Jillian graduated from Morrisville State College with an associate’s degree in agriculture business. Jillian is a member of the Cherry Valley Carriage Association and was a board member and newsletter editor for three years. Jillian has been a member of the American Driving Society since 2003 and a member of the American Haflinger Registry since 2006. For many years, she was an active member of the N.Y. West Highland Terrier Rescue, helping with rescue, transport, and fostering of westie's in need.

 When she is not working with horses, she enjoys spending time with her husband Derek, their children Emmett and Teagan, and their three dogs Maggie, Nessie, and Hogan. Photography is passion of Jillian's she enjoys as much as driving.

Jillian is currently training out of Freshwind Farm LLC in Eaton, NY. Please email Jillian at [email protected] or call at 315-440-2561. Please include your contact information and specific questions you may have!

Competition Success

Jillian has had great success through the years with her own haflinger gelding, Nolan One. Below are their listed successes;

- 2006 TwinBirch Haflinger Classic Driving champions

- 2006 Barneveld Fall Show Single Horse Driving reserve champions

- 2007 NYSHBA Green driving champion

- 2007 NYSHBA Haflinger driving champion 

- 2007 Lorenzo Driving Competition Junior Champions

- 2008 HOPE Highpoint haflinger, junior driver

- 2008 Pine Tree CDE Training level single pony 2nd place overall 

- 2009 Lorenzo Driving Competition Reserve Large single Pony champion 

- 2013 Jillian and Nolan were only ONE points away from reserve champion, with a second in working, reinsmanship, carriage dog, and my route/your route!

- 2014 Northampton Driving Show- while no championships are awarded at this show, the team placed first in reinsmanship, second in working, first in timed obstacles and third in gamblers choice.

- 2016 Walnut Hill HDT preliminary pony champions and overall preliminary champions. Jillian and Nolan had the lowest scores in dressage, cones, and the obstacles. They had their personal best dressage score of 40.33!

- 2017 Brookfield Riding and Driving Association dressage schooling show Jillian and Nolan's first time competing at intermediate level, the duo had the best score of all the ridden and driven dressage tests.