Brooke Webb-Burgess (General Manager)
Brooke Burgess is a USC Aiken graduate in Business Management. Since February 2018, she has held the position of Events Coordinator for The Vista Schooling and Event Center in Aiken, SC. Her duties include managing the office and coordinating The Vista Shows and Events. Brooke also manages her own boarding facility at her personal farm (Beating Hart Equestrian) that she purchased the in Fall of 2020. Prior to joining the team at The Vista, Brooke worked at barns in Aiken and the Charlotte, NC area.
Brooke was the 2018-2019 President of the USC Aiken Eventing team. The team placed third out of twenty three teams in the 2018 Intercollegiate Championship, where Brooke individually placed second out of twenty two riders in her division. Brooke recently went to the 2019 American Eventing Championships where she placed 11th in her division. She has a very special relationship with her horse, Pelear Por Oro, a twelve-year-old Arabian rescue she has had for eight years.
Brooke grew up in Fort Mill, SC. She recently got married to Preston Burgess.
Janet Chichester (Client Relations)
Janet moved to Aiken from western New York where she owned and operated her own business. She brings her business perspective and love of horses to The Vista. When Janet actively rode, she participated in showing her horses in the western arena. In later years she enjoyed relaxing on the trail. Janet likes to keep herself busy working at The Vista, boarding a few retired horses and pet sitting.
Ann Mcallister (Client and Equine Relations)
After being downsized from the corporate world in 2011, Ann moved from Connecticut to Aiken to continue her passion for riding and eventing. Her sales and customer service skills garnered from over 18 years at Proctor & Gamble and Bausch & Lomb have given Ann the resources to work with the public on all levels. Currently Ann splits her time between working at The Vista and as a Realtor for Keller Williams. She also is training her OTTB, Roddy, and the two have started competing this year.
Jamie Gornall (Course Builder)
Jamie has been part of The Vista team since the beginning. After earning a Pre-Med degree from Springfield College, he became a full-time course builder with contributions to Fair Hill, Southern Pines, Great Meadow, 2018 World Equestrian Games, among others. When not traveling building horse jumps, Jamie is the Technical Coordinator at The Green Mountain Horse Association and in the process of building a house there in South Woodstock, VT.
Ray Wheeler (Technical Consultant)
After being in business more then 20 years in Maryland, Ray Wheeler packed up and moved to Aiken about seven years ago. Ray and his wife, Beth, own and operate Wheeler Equestrian on their 53 acre farm, which they share with friends, horses, a rascally Jack Russell and one sweet mutt. The focus of their the business in training, giving lessons and boarding.
Ray began training nearly forty years ago. Working mainly with young horses. They have also coaching Pony Club at the regional and national level and served on the board of The Marlboro Horse Trial in Maryland.
Theresa Shahan (Client and Equine Relations)
Being and avid equestrian, moving to Aiken 12 years ago was from Maryland was the perfect choice for Theresa Shahan. Theresa’s passion for horses began at the age of five when her parents purchased her first pony, a Shetland named Tigger. Through the years, Theresa took her love of horses and sport and became a very accomplished harness racing steward in Maryland for 20 years until she moved to Aiken. These days, Theresa and her lovely draft cross mare, Simply Duchess, can be seen around the local eventing circuit or out having fun with friends. When she isn’t riding, Theresa spends her time with her dog Baxter doing dog agility and she also enjoys volunteering at local horse trials.