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The Duncraven Equestrian Center is owned and managed by the Stout Family.  

The Stout Family is lovingly restoring the large horse barns, riding arenas, grass jumping fields, indoor arena, and more at the historic Duncraven Equestrian Center facility.  Shawn Stout and his family, ever concerned with detail and quality, have poured countless hours into bringing this equestrian facility back to its former glory.  To read more about the Stout Family and their “plans in the works for refurbishment that will bring Duncraven back to its glory days,” check out this article by Nancy Jaffer.


This family-run business invites you to explore their horse shows, horse show facility, and block-stall boarding options. 

Duncraven Equestrian Center & The Club at Duncraven

A Family Business

Cara Wheeler

Cara grew up in Central NY riding her two Appendix Quarter horses on the AQHA circuit in hunter over fences and equitation over fences along with catch riding anything from Warmbloods, Welsh Ponies, Arabians, and OTTBs on the local, C rated circuit, and breed specific regional shows. Cara then went on to college at Cazenovia College and got her BPS in Management with a specialization in Equine Business Management where she also competed on their IHSA team in Intermediate Fences and Open flat from 2012-2016. In between her junior and senior year there was a required summer internship and her internship coordinator helped her choose Kent School in Kent, CT. During that summer she helped do all the things necessary as a working student to take care of the horses including riding 4-6 horses a day under the tutelage of their head trainer, Michael Page. After graduating, Cara then accepted a Trainer/ Assistant Barn Manager position at Kent School with Michael Page and Lyman T. Whitehead from 2016-2023. She’s shown along the Northeast/ New England area at Old Salem Farm, Saratoga, HITs Saugerities, and HITs Vermont in the 1.10-1.25 jumpers with her own Dutch Warmblood Remmy along with hunter classes with client horses. She’s also participated in clinics with Bernie Traurig, Marcia Kulak, and Jerry Schurink.

It’s very rare to not see Cara in breeches and boots but when she’s not she’s out exploring and hiking with her two pups, Huck and Emma!


Since Shawn was a junior in high school, he has been involved in the Family Transportation Business.  Working after school in the garage, he started to learn the business from the ground up.   At this same time his family had a small horse farm that he helped maintain, learning to ride and then eventually doing some team penning. After High school he joined the Air Force and went into what he knew--transportation!

Since then, Shawn has worked throughout the company eventually becoming part owner with his two brothers and running our facility in Trenton, as well as safety and compliance for the company.

Recently the three brothers, as well as their father, went on cattle drive out in Wyoming.  This unbelievable experience rekindled Shawn's love for horses.  Ironically, within a few months we drove past Duncraven, and it was for sale.  Looking into it, the family believed purchasing the property was a great way to invest in and reinvigorate something that was once great, as well as pursue a business in something they all enjoy. Although Shawn's equestrian experience is originally with western saddles and cows, it has been fun for him to learn about and experience the Hunter Jumper world!

Shawn Stout


Director of Development

Pamela Long Niederer

Pamela Long Niederer grew up in Pennington, New Jersey and her passion for horses started at a young age. Her parents, Larry and Gail Long, supported and encouraged her as she became an accomplished junior equestrian. Graduating from Stuart Country Day School in 2003, she continued her education and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University in 2007. 

Pamela since then has traveled throughout the world riding horses in three different continents and pursued a career in advertising.


After a 20 year hiatus from competitive riding, Pamela is back in the show ring with her jumper, Elliot. She and her husband Brady, are proud parents of seven year old twin boys, Thomas and Charles who also share the love of horses and have their own pony, Peanut. 


Assistant Trainer

Erin McCaffrey


Erin recently moved across the country from the Midwest to New Jersey and found an incredible opportunity at Duncraven. As a licensed elementary school teacher in general education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), she has always been involved with horses! Erin grew up riding dressage and competed in local and national competitions in various levels up to FEI Prix St. George’s. Having worked as a riding instructor for a couple years in various settings from summer and day camps, and introductory lessons up to novice and intro to specialized riding classes for children and adults. 


If Erin’s not at the barn, or teaching, she is spending time with her boyfriend and their husky/ shepherd mix pup!

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