About Us

Eclipse Sporthorses LLC is a full service equine facility located minutes from Gainesville and the University of Florida.
Owner/Manager | Instructor


Regina Esterman, Ph.D.

After earning an A.S. degree in Horse Science from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in 2002, and a B.S. degree in Equine Science from Colorado State University, Regina came to Gainesville, Florida to pursue graduate work in Animal Sciences at the University of Florida. She completed an M.S. degree in Reproductive Physiology in 2006 and a Ph.D. degree in the Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology Program in 2010.

Regina began showing horses in 4-H and Pony Club in Ohio, taking entries to the Ohio State Fair twice. At Colorado State she was a member of the polo team and interned at Royal Vista Equine reproductive center. Upon coming to Florida, Regina embarked on her first farm venture, operating Shady Grove Farm, a small boarding and training facility. Eclipse Sporthorses LLC was created to encompass the existing boarding and training services, offer greater leasing opportunities, and better promote the expanding sporthorse breeding program.

In 2011, Regina embarked on her next expansion of Eclipse Sporthorses LLC, creating the Haile Plantation Equestrian Center in Gainesville, FL. With the opening of this new facility, Eclipse Sporthorses LLC will continue to focus on boarding horses, training hunter and dressage horses, and our Warmblood breeding program, while greatly expanding our lesson and leasing program at the Haile Plantation Equestrian Center.

Regina Esterman


Katie Hutchinson

Katie grew up on the outskirts of Orlando and began riding at five years of age. She quickly fell in love with the sport, training in hunter/jumper lessons until moving to Gainesville for college in Fall 2013. While studying at the University of Florida majoring in Agricultural Education and Journalism, she always makes time for her horse obsession. Katie enjoys teaching and working with our farm staff and students at the farm, always the first to lend a hand for any task. She has a true passion for working with kids and students, dedicated to maintaining and growing their interest in the equine industry. Katie is very knowledgeable and reliable when it comes to the care of our horses and facilities. Katie is available for lessons to a limited number of students and is extremely involved in our camp programs at Haile Equestrian. In her free time, Katie works with and shows her horse, Lyric, who she is bringing along as a jumper.


Katie Hutchinson



Other instructors at Haile Equestrian are available for instruction at Eclipse Sporthorses. For more information, visit our Haile Equestrian Staff Page.





This page was last updated Oct 21, 2018.