The Owner

Julie Vaughan

Julie Vaughan, Owner


Julie designed, built and opened Foxfire Farms after the death of her husband, Russell. It had been their dream together, and Julie brought it to fruition in 1986. For Russell, horses were a new inspiration, which ignited when he was watching his oldest daughter Kelly in her dressage lesson one day. As a quadriplegic, he saw the therapeutic potential of his daughter's newfound passion. For Julie, returning to a life of tending animals and living closer to the land brought her back to her childhood roots of life on the farm.
"The mental and physical health of our boarded horses is my highest priority.  Assisting riders and owners with horse care questions is one of my greatest pleasures. One of Foxfire's biggest goals is to develop young riders and horses into confident partners for one another."

Meet Our Trainers

Jennifer Vaughan

Jennifer Vaughan, Dressage Instructor 

Jennifer has been teaching Dressage for 27 years, to riders of all ages and ability levels. She focuses on building a good rapport between horse and rider and considers her approach a wholistic one, which benefits the horse and rider physically and emotionally. She accepts students with special needs and believes that horseback riding is an amazing tool for personal development and growth, as well as a challenging and artistic sport. 

Kelly Vaughan

Kelly Vaughan, Head Trainer 


Kelly has been teaching dressage and training horses for 32 years. She has earned her bronze medal and continues to work toward her silver.
Her lesson and training schedule is very busy, as she is currently showing and campaigning horses. To leave a message for Kelly, please contact Foxfire Farms' main number. 

Ashley Bullis

Ashley Bullis, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper

Ashley has been teaching beginner dressage and Hunter/Jumper lessons for 4 years, and has been active in the sport for 12 years. She is working toward her bronze medal in Dressage, having recently earned 4 of the 6 required scores at First and Second Level.
Ashley especially enjoys teaching kids of all ages and works toward building their confidence and good communication between horse and rider.