the Heller family, owners
The owners of Flintrock Corporation, Daniel and Jennifer Heller, are both Lancaster County natives. Dan grew up in the historic circa 1816 stone farmhouse that still stands on the center of the property. Growing up on a Lancaster County farm, he was instilled with a passion for agriculture and business at a young age, leading to what has become the Flintrock Family of Companies, including Flintrock Stables. The Heller Family owns and operates multiple businesses, including award winning organic poultry operations.
Dan and Jen are blessed to enjoy farm life with their four sons and two bernese mountain dogs. Outside of Flintrock, they enjoy spending time outdoors as a family. They are also grateful for the fantastic team of employees that works across three states at their different facilities. The Flintrock family is important to the Heller family, and that extends to Flintrock Stables. The Heller family strongly believes in fostering a respectful, friendly and welcoming community at Flintrock Stables, which the entire staff embodies as a truly essential part of Flintrock.
kristin bracken, trainer
Kristin began riding at age 6 in Bucks County, PA. She began showing on the hunter jumper circuit at age 11 and qualified for the National Pony Hunter Finals in Lexington at age 12. She rode as a junior with Bob and Sharyn Cole at Hidden River Farm in New Jersey and also with Jeff Ayers in Sellersville, PA. She showed in the Children's Hunters and Junior Hunters and earned championships and ribbons at shows in the northeast including Culpeper, VA, Saratoga, NY, and Manchester, VT.
While earning a business degree from Delaware Valley University, she showed sale horses for Jeff Ayers and also began riding for Denise O'Connor of Chester Springs, PA. Kristin worked at Banbury Cross, Ltd. with Denise and Casey O'Connor Bounds for 20 years. She rode, trained and helped manage 37 show and lesson horses. She took students from the beginner level to the "AA" rated circuit. Between her, Casey, and Denise, they had riders win National, Zone, and many local awards including The Devon Horse Show, Harrisburg, Zone Finals, and Chester County Medal Finals.
Kristin lives in Lancaster, PA, with her husband Mike and their two children, Avery and Gavin.
casey bounds, trainer
Casey was born in California where her mother, Denise O’Connor, immersed her in the horse world at the age of two. The O’Connors moved to Pennsylvania in 1984 and shortly thereafter Denise established her equestrian business, Banbury Cross, Ltd. Casey rode ponies for her mom and other trainers in the area for many years in the local show circuit. As her junior career progressed, Casey worked closely with Jeffrey Ayers who helped Denise take her through her junior years with great success.
In 2001, Casey graduated from the University of Richmond and started working full time with her mother and Kristin Bracken at Banbury Cross, Ltd. as a professional equestrian, riding and teaching. At Banbury Cross, Casey enjoyed working with students and horses of all levels. She was able to coach and compete at horse shows ranging from local to top-rated A circuit competitions. During her 20 years with Banbury Cross, Casey helped many students and horses reach great achievements. Casey has felt just as proud watching a student learn to post for the first time as she has watching a student lay down a blue-ribbon trip in the Dixon Oval at Devon.
Casey lives in Lancaster, PA, with her husband James and their three children, Ainsley, Eva, and Mac.