Golesh has had a life long love of horses. She has been successfully riding and competitively showing horses since 1972.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Virginia
Polytechnic Institute. The more Sharon became involved in horses, the stronger her desire
to make her dream of breeding an exemplary sport horse become a
reality, one that would have the swift speed of a Thoroughbred
and the powerful strength of a Dutch Warmblood.
Construction began on a 28 stall breeding, training and boarding
facility in 1993.
East Coast Equestrian Training Center (ECETC)
East Coast Equestrian Training Center, Inc., (ECETC) was designed to provide all aspects and disciplines of horse care and training. This includes Hunter, Jumper, Dressage and Eventing. Horses are also started at various levels of training, including unstarted, green and made. Lessons are also provided for the beginner, novice
and seasoned eventer, hunter, jumper and dressage rider. It was no wonder boarders were filling available stalls.
Some of the best boarding care on the east coast is at ECETC. Sharon makes it a point to look out for the welfare, physical fitness and treatment of all horses and is very selective who works in her barn. TLC is first and foremost. Her staff is well versed in equine care. They, like Sharon, are very conscientious about their work and care for boarders' horses. It is no wonder the barn stays full most of the time!
With her ever-growing success in breeding Dutch Warmbloods, along
with increasing requests for boarding, Sharon outgrew her first
East Coast Sport Horses
She purchased a second barn dedicated to breeding the
Sport Horse which brought about the creation of "East Coast Sport
Horses, LLC" (ECSH). ECSH breeds strength, speed and
discipline with Olympian, imported and excellent performance
lineage. ECSH has some of the finest, well bred, disciplined Sport Horses on
the east coast with horses already stretching the globe from Hawaii
One of the first foals born in the barn was "Olympic Dreamer."
Aptly named, she was the beginning of the dream for Olympian horses.
"Dreamer" is by "Arthos." Arthos was selected for the Irish
Jumping Team and subsequently exhibited in the 1996 Olympic Equestrian
Games in Atlanta.
"Dreamer's" lineage came through quickly at a young age. She
won top 10 yearling at Devon her first time out! Then she won
"Best Young Horse," again at Devon. In 1999, Dreamer was
ridden by Aaron Vale at the International Hunter Futurities'
"International Competition - The Kentucky National" in the Over
Fences Conformation and finished in the top 10!
1996 brought a colt to ECSH, "Prosperity," (aka Fortune) that
would begin the breeding of an outstanding Sport Horse. He is
by "E'Sop's Fable" who tied for the 1994 GTE High Jump record of 6'6
with a 5' spread at Huntington Beach, CA.
Fortune has become a proven stallion. His prodigy have already
proven their heritage through their conformation, disposition and
successful talent in the show rings. The temperament in each
of them is wonderful. All youngsters have been imprinted from
birth and have inherited the laid-back, well-balanced nature of
Since then other mares have arrived. They have brought
well-known lineage with them; such as Consul, Nimmerdor, Oldenburg
and Arthos, as well as their own successes in the Hunter, Jumper,
Dressage and Eventing arenas.
Knowing the potential of the Sport Horses being
produced at ECSH, Sharon and her foals, along with her students from
ECETC, can be found traveling the show circuit throughout the
mid-Atlantic region. In 2003, the collective success of ECETC
and ECSH gave Sharon cause to grow yet again.
This time, her dream has become a reality, a combination of both
training and breeding under one roof on almost one hundred acres of
land, a grand facility to further the knowledge and
sport of riding, showing, boarding and breeding quality sport
Sharon's dream of a great equestrian facility broke ground September
2003. The facility houses the breeding, training, and boarding
aspects along with an enormous attached indoor riding arena. It is also
a host facility to many equestrian-related events, such as shows,
riding clubs and clinics. The growth of the facility was one of
pride to all who were a part of it and was well worth the wait!
East Coast Horse Show Association (ECHSA)
In 2005, keeping the fun in local shows while maintaining the rules
and competitiveness, Sharon created the East Coast Horse Show
Association (ECHSA). Membership grew remarkably with over 100
members the first year and continues to grow with each subsequent
show and year. While membership is not required to show, the
divisions include the Hunter, Jumpers, Equitation and Medal
disciplines with points accumulating toward ECHSA year-end awards
and VHSA Associate year-end awards.
Come watch us evolve!
Since coming to the new facility, Sharon continues to upgrade with wonderful, new pastures, riding rings, paving roads, cutting trails, streamlining where possible. Having a full service equestrian facility means work never ends and new dreams can become realities. Seems like every time we turn around there is something new going on at ECETC! If you haven't seen us in awhile, come back and take a look, it just keeps getting better and better!
Sharon is proud to be marketing athletic horses from suckling to
made, many with Olympic lineage. It is no surprise they are
bred in the State of Virginia where some of this country's greatest
horses come from.
Sharon's reputation as a great, caring, knowledgeable sport horse
breeder and trainer is ever-growing.