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About

Why Us?

     Break-Away Farm began in the fall of 2005 after a long history at Cleveland Park Stables in Greenville, SC. Many champions were trained and many lessons were taught in Greenville, SC but it was time for a change. There was a risk to be taken and Mark and Mary Lou Greenwell decided to Break-Away! December 1st, 2005 Break-Away Farm was opened. A new home for 2 trainers with much experience and knowledge under their belts. Nestled on 16 acres Break-Away Farm is located conveniently to !-85 in Gaffney, SC. This location is close to east Spartanburg, Shelby, Blacksburg, Union, Pacolet,, and Cowpens. Just 45 minutes from Greenville, we are also conveniently to Greeneville, Spartanburg, Charlotte, Douglas, and Asheville airports.


     Break-Away houses champion ASB's. We also have great experience with Hackneys Morgans, and Friesians. We teach lessons of all levels from ages 5 to adult. We specialize but are not limited to training for amateur and juvenile exhibitors. Selecting young horses for investment and development is also a forte. As trainers and owners, Mark and Mary Lou have years of experience in both aspects.

     Together, there are years of experience at training your horse, instructing your rider, and pairing the two together. Let us help your journey in the horse business be just a break-away!

 Madison MacLoughlin has been devoted to the American Saddlebred since her first riding lesson. She started under Tara Weber of Tucson, Arizona as a young child and remained there for 17 years. She has worked with Michael Craghead, Jim Bennet, Nancy Goebel, and Betsy Boone among others in her juvenile and amature career. Recently, Madison has "broken-away" to come and work in a circuit she has watched prevail her whole life. With a knack for equitation, she has the patience and dedication to work with children of all levels to acheive their goals. She strives to keep horsemanship, responsibilty, and most of all, fun, as a part of every interaction with the horses. Her main goal is to mold a supportive environment for clients to build their riding and driving skills, while improving their relationship with their horse. Madison has a special interest in breaking and developing young horses, with the perserverance and composure to do so. She is a member of UPHA, USEF, ASHA, ASAC, and ASAA.

Who We Are

  • Climate Controlled Facility
  • Management Resides on Site
  • 18 Stall Barn
  • Outdoor Riding Arena
  • Private and Group Riding Lessons
  • Summer and Winter Camps
  • Individualized Training Regimens
  • Routine Night Checks
  • Academy Program
  • Specialization in Horses for the Amateur and Juvenile Riders
  • Also Specialing in the Development of Young Show Prospects

    Mark is a 5th generation trainer of American Saddlebreds. He has an impeccable ability to choose a horse for a rider. Mark is a member of USEF, UPHA, and ASAC.

     Mary Lou Greenwell is a 2nd generation trainer of American Saddlebreds and Hackney ponies. As a child, Mary Lou was given the opportunity to catch ride for Claude Shiflet and Johnny Lucas. She began instructing in 1990 at Cleveland Park Stables. She has produced a multitude of riders from beginner to champion levels of Saddleseat. Mary Lou also has a special knack for Hackney ponies. She is a current member of USEF, UPHA, ASHA, AHHS, AMHA, and ASAC. She is a licensed judge with USEF. She also is a professional representative on the board of ASAC. Mary Lou is the founder of ASAC's academy rules and remains active on the instructors committee.