Ruel Johnson, 
Owner and Head Trainer

Ruel Johnson has been involved with horses her whole life and has maintained her passion for teaching by owning Blue Heron Farm for over 20 years. Before Blue Heron Ruel worked in Oregon and California for several prestigious trainers. Ruel’s riders have gone on to win many state championships, world hunter rider championships, as well as riding and teaching professionally. Ruel maintains local involvement and finds importance in programs such as therapeutic riding. She has a love of the show horse and finds her greatest passion is to safely get people hooked on riding.

Tara Devlin
Trainer and Ins

Tara Devlin is from Miller Place, New York. As a junior, she competed up and down the east coast, showing in the hunters, jumpers and equitation. Tara achieved many accomplishments during those years, winning  hunter championships as well as qualifying for the USEF Medal Finals and placing in the top four in the CHJA Junior Equitation finals. Tara went to Cazenovia College her freshman year and competed on the IHSA team. Finishing up her Business Management Degree at Stony Brook University, Tara was high point  rider for her region at nationals and high point open rider for the year. As an amateur, Tara competed in the equitation and found her true passion in the jumper ring. As a professional, Tara worked at a sales farm on Long Island and was one of the Interscholastic Equestrian Team coaches at the high school level. Tara is excited to bring her team-oriented attitude, as well as her experience in the saddle and the show ring to Blue Heron Farm.