Our trainers are experienced successful professionals who have a passion for what they do.

Merilee Ventura
Owner/Head Trainer

Merilee Ventura is the Owner/Operator of ByWay Farms, a Hunter-Jumper barn, training horses for Hunter Equitation or Jumper careers, located in Carthage, NC. A licensed USEF “R” judge in Hunter & Hunt Seat Equitation and ‘r’ judge in Jumpers, Merilee has over 40 years’ professional experience and currently serves… Read More ›

Joy Janouskovec
Head Groom

Wilver has been an integral part of ByWay Farms for over 4 years. He has a gentle easy quality that both our horses and riders appreciate. He is always “eyes on” when it comes to our horses paying very close attention to their daily comfort and well-being.

Wilver is a family man. When he’s not at the barn he enjoys spending time with his wife and young son.


Fernando and Wilver are a team when it comes to keeping the barn in tip-top shape and the horses happy. Fernando wants nothing more than to please our clients and is as courteous and hard working as possible.

In his spare time Fernando enjoys gardening and spending time with his two girls.

Recent Posts
Ride the Horse You’re On; Not the Horse You Wish You Were On

How often do we trainers hear these comments; “my horse never does this”, “this isn’t the horse I had yesterday”, “why was he stronger in the… Read More ›

Thank You Captain Vladimir Littauer

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” – Bill Nye If there was one thing I knew as a young trainer, in the… Read More ›

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340 Venutra Lane
Carthage, NC 28327


(910) 528-5000

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