About Us

Cane Creek Farm strives for a safe, fun, and family oriented atmosphere that advances ones knowledge and skills as an equestrian.

We have three trainers on the premises who are capable of teaching beginners-advanced riders. All lessons are private one hour lessons as we like to cater each session toward the individual’s learning style. Whether the student wants to advance their skills as an equestrian or compete on the ‘AA’ circuit Cane Creek Farm has a program suited for you.

Meet the Trainers

Nicole Barbour

Nicole started in 1967 under the tutelage of Wayne Carroll before moving to Judy Richter in 1975. She was incredibly successful in the Equitation and Junior Hunters with her horses The Snow Goose and Without Words. She attended Medal and Maclay finals numerous times and competed at such shows as Fairfield, Ox Ridge, Lake Placid, Devon, Harrisburg, and the National Horse Show. Nicole attended Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Psychology. Nicole relocated with her family from Boston, MA to Asheville, NC in 1992 before taking over Cane Creek Farm in 2005. Her students have had many successes from local shows to the ‘AA’ circuit.



Kelsey Barbour

Kelsey has been riding since 1998 and has been teaching since 2006. During her junior career she spent two years as a working student for Jack Towell and Liza Towell-Boyd, while showing green horses and catch riding in the Equitation divisions. She went to Maclay Finals in 2009 before moving to Wilmington, NC to further her education. Kelsey graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in May 2013 where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. She has since returned to Asheville, NC where she continues to train horses and equestrians of all skill levels.

maclay finals


Shannon Laffin  

Shannon started riding in 1990 and has been teaching students since 2008. She spent most of her junior career in the pony ring training and showing ponies in the pony hunter divisions. After much success with ponies Shannon moved into the jumper ring where she competed throughout the Northeast. She has competed as such shows as Lake Placid, HITS Catskills, and the Monmouth County Horse show. Shannon is originally from Colt’s Neck, New Jersey but moved to Tennessee in 2004  before settling in Flat Rock, NC in 2008. She she attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville where she competed on the equestrian team while earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science.