Rider Profile: Nora Batchelder

Farm or Business Name: River House Hanoverians
Discipline: Dressage

Home Base: Ocala, Florida
Originally from New Hampshire

Nora and Bahai - 2015 Regional Championships WNC Photography
Nora and Bahai – 2015 Regional Championships WNC Photography

Rider Bio:

Nora Batchelder, together in partnership with her parents Jeanie Hahn and Verne Batchelder, operates River House Hanoverians based out of Ocala Florida. Originally from New Hampshire, they relocated to Ocala completely in 2012 in order to train year round and compete and operate their flourishing breeding and training business.

River House has imported over 200 Hanoverians from Germany and produced twice that amount domestically from their own mares and stallions. Their focus is breeding, starting, training and competing up through the Grand Prix level. Both Nora’s parents are nationally and internationally (FEI) recognized trainers and clinicians.

Nora currently has approximately 30 horses in training, some of which are young home bred horses that she trains in partnership with her parents. While her parents focus on teaching, Nora rides up to 14 horses a day!

Nora had earned USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals by the time she turned 21 on horses she trained herself. She’s had multiple championships and top placings at the regional and national level.

Influential Horses:

Nora has trained and competed five horses through the Grand Prix level:

  • Bahai
  • Farleight
  • Bretone
  • Weide
  • Rue Facile

Weide – First Hanoverian that Nora rode when she was 12 and together they went from 1st level to Grand Prix. She’s been a school master for several students and has earned them a bunch of gold medals. She’s now 23.

Greatest Moments:

Trained her stallion Bretone to Grand Prix who is going to be 21 this year and he’s still a schoolmaster!

Earned medals by the time she turned 21 on horses she trained herself and received multiple young rider accolades.

  • 2013 – Received a developing rider grant to work with Debbie McDonald
  • 2014 Competition Highlights:
    • Qualified for Developing Horse Championships at Lamplight
  • 2015 was her first year at Open Grand Prix
    • At the regionals in Georgia she won the GP Freestyle and was 4th in the GP.
    • Qualified for Nationals in Ky where she was 4th in GP, and 5th in the Freestyle.

Next Up:

Nora plans to compete in Wellington to do a few CDI to see how it goes stepping it up to play with the big boys at Global Week 5 & Week 8!


Why Ocala:

The family is originally from New Hampshire, and Nora is quick to note the advantages to being based in Ocala. They relocated here full time in 2012.

“The weather is a big part because even in the middle of the summer we have the shade and the breezes, so it’s still nice year round riding. Ocala is also close to all the shows for so many different disciplines. It’s nice to be in an area that’s so horse friendly. The options for vets, training, showing and the ability to market horses is convenient. There’s a great “Horse infrastucture” with other area trainers. Ocala is also great because of the open land for breeding & raising horses.”

In addition Nora is quick to point out that there are several show grounds in her back yard and there’s plenty of schooling shows through the recognized levels at Canterbury, Longwood, the Florida Horse Park and Grand Oaks!

Please see her full list of accomplishments on her website.