Heather Absalom grew up on a farm outside Indianapolis, where she started in dressage, pony club and fox hunting, earning her colors with the Traders Point Hunt at age 10. While participating in pony club, she went through the ratings to earn her C3, and competed at numerous rallies and qualified for championships in show jumping. Heather gradually moved into horse showing, and spent two years riding with Beacon Hill Show Stables in Colts Neck, NJ. Eager to soak up all information, Heather rode in several clinics with top professionals in different disciplines. After a clinic with two-time silver medalist Greg Best, he offered her a working student position in New Zealand at his farm. Heather spent 9 months working for Greg and his wife, Kim, in New Zealand. Working and caring for horses of all ages and levels allowed Heather to hone her skills and soak up the knowledge imparted by these expert horse professionals.
Upon completing the working student position, Heather came home and completed her Bachelors degree at Purdue University in Hospitality and Tourism management. While attending Purdue, she competed on the Intercollegiate team where she qualified for nationals in the open division, and competed in the 2008 Nationals held in Los Angeles, CA
Throughout her time traveling to rallies, shows, and school, Heather helped raise 8 foals on their family farm and that is where she developed her passion for training young horses. Working with the homebred foals from the time they were standing for the first time, and training them as they grew and developed into talented horses for all disciplines, inspired Heather to start Just Hope Farm.
Moving to Aiken, South Carolina in 2016, allowed Heather to launch her dream of owning and operating a first-class equine training facility. With the horse activities that are available year round, and the welcoming of cross discipline riding, Heather and Just Hope Farm found a perfect fit.