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Carla Sharp

I was born in Bronxville, NY but grew up in Fairfield, CT. I attended Knox School, St. James, Long Island and rode with Harry "Snowman" De Leyer and received my BA from Skidmore College. I also have an MBA from New York University. Before going into the horse business, I was a portfolio analyst for Merrill Lynch in New York.

I own and operate Buttonwood Farm in Easton, CT. 

Buttonwood evolved from my love of riding and my husband's enjoyment in training. We started as a three stall barn that we built ourselves with two of our own horses and one customer. We then started buying and selling young horses from the racetrack and ended up keeping so many tht we added people, trailers and equipment, paddocks, lights and sprinklers and before we knew it we were really in the horse business! 

I now manage Buttonwood by myself. I teach, train, ride, do much of the repair and maintenance and drive the trailer when needed. I am a "R" licensed judge in Hunter, Jumper and Hunt Seat Equitation. In addition to being a nice break, I find judging horse shows to be both interesting and challenging. 

While my primary venue was the hunter/jumper world, since the death of my long time customer and friend, Shelly Arnhold, I have changed my emphasis to eventing. This provides an easier competitive arena for many of my customers. I still have a project horse of my own that I have taken from beginner novice to training. I don't buy and sell horses much anymore as there is no time for that with everything else I do! 

I serve the Connecticut Hunter and Jumper Association as it's President. I am also on the Zone 1 Committee and serve as the Zone 1 Horse Show Chairman.

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