Darrell and Melissa work as a team. They both prioritize the well-being of the horse and are meticulous in their attention to detail. Whether your discipline is dressage, eventing, hunters, jumpers or pleasure – the combined impact gives the client the benefit of two sets of eyes and a teaching approach focused on reaching the same goal.
Built to the precise design of owners Darrell and Mellissa Vaughn (formerly Campbell), Vaughn Equestrian is designed for the rider (cross out) Horseperson who is constantly seeking to improve, but values the care and long-term partnership with their horse above any short-term success. Darrell and Melissa are “professionals” in the truest sense of word. They deliver what other barns can only promise … individualized care for horse and rider.
Down an unassuming driveway off of Banks Mills Rd., in the hub of Aiken, South Carolina horse country. A quiet oasis where the focus can be on the horse in a relaxed, professional environment.
Vaughn Equestrian is designed for the hands-on horseperson who seeks top-level training and care for their horse in an environment that is “horse-centric”. The people who wake up in the morning thinking about their horse .. and can go back to sleep knowing that everything is fine because of the professional care provided by the Vaughns. But they do not. Because they are have a specific goal and a personalized program developed by the Vaughns. It may be 2nd level at the next Dressage Show at Highfields or their next Training at Full Gallop. And they can not wait to get to the barn.
MELISSA: Straightforward and direct, there is little down time in Melissa’s lessons. or life! She is too modest to tell you that she is a Grand Prix Level rider. Melissa has taken Kazio, a horse no one thought could overcome his anxiety to compete at the upper levels, and carefully brought him along to Grand Prix in 3 years. All this while she coaches a full slate of clients ranging from eventers to competitive Dressage riders, trains the sales horses and manages the care of the horses. But Melissa thrives on detail and everyone – horse and rider alike – have an individualized program designed to meet their specific goals.
DARRELL: Exuberant and enthusiastic, Darrell is the more vocal of the pair. He has trained with the who’s who of the Eventing, Jumping and Equitation worlds including Charlie Plum, Michael Paige, Buddy Brown, and Ralph Caristo. He has infinite patience which particularly evident in his work with young horses and horses with “issues” – never rushing or skipping a step. His eye for detail does not miss anything, picking up on incorrect placement of fingers, making sure everything the rider understands how their position influences performance. This ties back to the work he does on horses bodies and energy – allowing his clients to benefit from his breadth of knowledge of both horse and rider … and really enjoying the learning experience.
Level: 1.20m Jumpers
Height: 17.2 HH
Level: 1.20m Jumpers
Level: PSG Dressage
Dam: Us Famke
Tryon Dressage - 1st - FEI Intermediate 1 - 68%
Stableview Dressage - 2nd - FEI Intermediate 1 - 66%
May Day Dressage - Prix St Georges - 69.8%
Global Dressage Festival - Prix St Georges - 71%