About Us



     Terranova Farm is a private boarding facility located in Waxhaw, NC., owned by John and Tammy Rissanen. The Rissanen's purchased and began developing the property into their private equestrian farm in 2001.  As a result, in 

2010, the farm began operating as an equine boarding facility. The Rissanen's strive to make lasting memories and relationships with their family, friends, and boarders at Terranova Farm. 

John & Tammy Rissanen

Barn Owner

     Their daughter and barn manager, Lauren Rissanen, has been passionate and deeply involved with horses since she was 6 years old. She graduated from Queens University of Charlotte with a BA specializing in marketing management.  She managed Terranova's private 4 stall barn before 

Lauren Rissanen

Barn Opperations Manager 

their expansion and continues to do so with the addition of their 15 stall boarding barn. Throughout her years as an equestrian, Lauren has competed as an eventer, hunter/jumper AA show circuit, and was a former Pony Club member for Cardinal II and continues to give back to the club. With Lauren being the backbone of their equestrian facility, she has always made sure that everything is properly taken care of at Terranova Farm, "the right way". 

Sara Brazell 
Head Trainer

     Terranova Farm is happy to welcome Sara Brazell, owner and trainer of Sara Brazell Stables, LLC.  Sara is a Charlotteon and has been riding since the age of 7.  She is a graduate from the University of South Carolina, where she received her Bachelor of

Science in Management and Marketing. During her time at USC, Sara joined the IHSA Equestrian team, often becoming their point rider, and was President of the team in her senior year.  Sara’s most recent accomplishments include reserve champion at the 2015 AA Blowing Rock horse show in the High Adult Jumper division, Conyers AA show in Atlanta receiving champion in the adult amateurs, AA Aiken 

 Spring Classic, winning the Adult Classic, AA Raleigh show, competing and placing in the Adult Medal finals. She also traveled to WEF showing in the adult hunters and placed in the top ribbons out of 70 horses. She has also placed competitively in a very large adult division and scored an 89 in the adult medal at the AA Blowing Rock horse show. Terranova welcome's the training expertise that Sara has with both beginner and advanced riders. 

A Full Serviced Hunter/Jumper Equestrian Facility 
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