Ilana Halpern grew up riding in her hometown of Buffalo, New York under the careful guidance of Julie Moody, Jennifer Alfano and Susie Schoellkopf. After graduating from Princeton University in 2011, Ilana moved to Northern California where she found a home at Hunterville Stables working for Patty Ball. Since then, Ilana has become a staple of the hunter ring on the West Coast, garnering many tri-colors and top derby placings at horse shows throughout the state. In 2017, Ilana opened Awakening Sporthorses, a business that later evolved into Ilana Halpern, LLC.
Stephanie Davenport’s horsemanship acumen and expertise reaches every facet of Ilana Halpern, LLC. Growing up in England in a family heavily involved in Thoroughbred breeding and training, Stephanie's background experience includes starting babies, galloping racehorses, restarting racehorses for second careers as well as commercial sales. In addition to completing jockey training courses in England, she has worked as an assistant anesthesiologist and vet assistant. After moving to California, Stephanie transitioned to working with event horses and eventually hunter/jumper horses. Stephanie began working with Ilana in late 2018; since joining the business, there is not one aspect of horse and rider management, training and day to day operations that Stephanie does not enhance.