Woodworth Opens New Barn
November 6th, 2018
Nikki Rae Woodworth, a longtime Morgan exhibitor, trainer and riding instructor, recently announced the opening of her public training stable, MonteRae, just outside Ashby, Massachusetts.
The beautiful 38-stall barn is located on 250 acres. The building also houses a very large indoor arena and round pen, as well as an office and lounge. Once Nikki and more than 20 training horses are settled into the new location, she hopes to hire a full-time riding instructor and offer outside lessons.
Nikki grew up riding with and working alongside her mother, Jean DeGutis, through high school, and later at Mike Carpenter Stables in Sutton, Massachusetts. For the past ten years, she trained and showed horses out of Maggie Hood’s Kelley Green Acres (KGA in Mendon, Massachusetts. Maggie is closing the doors on her farm so she can spend more time with her daughters and their families. She also plans to place a show horse in training with Nikki and enjoy the sport once again as an owner, breeder and exhibitor.
As a trainer, she won the 2015 and 2016 World Open Park Saddle Championship riding As Predicted, and when she won the 2011 World Open Park Harness Championship driving SpringMill Superstition, she became the youngest trainer to win this title, and the third woman to accomplish this in the history of the Morgan Grand National. Nikki won the World Open Park Harness Championship a second time when she drove LC Amazing Spiderman into the winner’s circle in 2017. She has also had success coaching junior exhibitors and amateurs to national titles, including Kayla McGovern, Daisy Beisler, Cheryl and Victoria Ricci, Kristin Hilf and Debbie Hamilton.