At Cornerstone, we strive to maintain a small group of riders so that each horse and rider combination can receive quality one- on-one instruction, ensuring that everyone can develop to their true potential.
Empathy for horses and a strong work ethic are the characteristics ingrained in Ahna Cafaro over the 40 years that she has been involved with horses. To implement her dream of making horses her living, Ahna received her BA in Equestrian Studies from Virginia Intermont College, and continues her education through clinics with top trainers such as George Morris, Frank Madden, Sandy Ferrell, and Bernie Trauring. Ahna also became a USHJA Certified Instructor in 2017, and is one of the few certified instructors in the Pittsburgh area.
Ahna feels that there is nothing more rewarding than taking the time to develop a true partnership with your horse and then having that partnership pay off with success in the show ring. For the last 25 years, Ahna has developed riders to compete up through the top levels of Hunter/ Jumper competitions. One of Ahna's students, who began riding with Ahna when she was 5 years old, finished her Junior career qualifying for All Major Equitation Finals, 2nd in Zone 2 for Junior Hunters, and Champion of the WpaPHA for Equitation and Junior Hunters.
Ahna's students regularly bring home Champion and Reserve honors from such shows as Kentucky, World Equestrian Center, Swan Lake, and Chagrin Valley to name a few. In addition, Cornerstone riders have received numerous year end awards for the WPaPHA organization, including wins at the PHA Finals.