2024 CHJA Mentor Program - Mentor Bios

Hope Glynn

CHJA Mento Hope Glynn

Hope Glynn's career in hunter training and riding has developed over 20 years. She ranks in the top ten in the country of leading derby riders for money won in the United States. She won the Horseman of the Year award from the California Professional Horsemen's Association, The Arthur Hawkins award of Excellence in Hunters, the Lorraine Lorimer Award Recipient for Leading Professional Rider for the PCHA, and she has been the leading Southwest Derby rider for the last 4 of 5 years. In addition to her success as a rider, Hope has trained junior and amateur hunter riders to wins across the country. Hope also enjoys being a mother and trainer to her daughter, Avery. Hope is a licensed R judge and sits on the United States Hunter Jumper Association Hunter Working group and is vice chair of the World Championship Hunter Rider Working group.

Matt Cyphert

Matt Cyphert has competed successfully, along with his students, in Grand Prix and Hunter Derby competitions throughout the United States. He has multiple International and National Derby winners as both trainer and rider and his students have successfully competed at both USEF Medal Finals and Maclay National Finals, as well as the USEF Talent Search Finals in Gladstone, New Jersey. Matt is a two time “National Horse of the Year” winner, Gold Medal winning Chef d’Equipe at the 2011 Pony Jumper Championship in Lexington, Kentucky, and the long time Chef d'Equipe for Zone 7 at the North American Youth Championship as well as Prix des States competition at the Pennsylvania National. In 2008, Matt was awarded the Caristo Cup* (*The award is given to the Chef d’Equipe who best exemplifies enthusiasm and professionalism) at NAYC for his work with those teams.

Charlie and Hilary Carrel

CHJA Mentors Charlie and Hilary Carrel

Hilary and Charlie Carrel bring a lifetime of colt starting knowledge to the industry. Their team has established solid foundations on literally thousands of horses for top riders in all disciplines ranging from Grand Prix jumpers, dressage, hunters, polo, driving, professional rodeo and the AQHA and APHA show circuit. They operate with the belief that that good horses come from quality miles, a relaxed frame of mind and confidence in knowing their job.

Matt Piccolo

Matt Piccolo

Matt Piccolo found his passion in jumping horses, whether in a jumper competition or the hunter ring, and feels each discipline keeps him better at the other. Matt trains out of his own Arrow Hill Farm outside of Nashville, Tennessee alongside his husband, Devan Cottrell. They have a fun group of riders and owners who have different goals and they do little of everything—train, coach, show ride, and sell horses. Matt really loves seeing what horses can do for people, and enjoys helping each partnership reach their full potential.