Ballyhigh Show Stables

Phone: 859.948.2632
320 Pinckard Pike, Versailles Map

About Ballyhigh's Trainer

Joyce Brinsfield is the owner/trainer of Ballyhigh Show Stable, Ltd. Joyce started riding when she received her first pony from her grandmother when she was three years old. She is originally from Maryland where she started showing locally as a child. When she was 11, she began showing on the A circuit in the large pony and children's hunter divisions.


Joyce earned her B.S. in agricultural communications with a minor in agricultural economics from the University of Kentucky. While in college, Joyce rode with Robert Murphy. Robert was responsible for the partnership between Joyce and her mare, Ballyhigh. Joyce competed Ballyhigh in adult-amateur hunters, amateur/owner hunters, and adult equitation.


In 2003, Joyce's family purchased Brinsfield Farm, LLC, where Ballyhigh Show Stable is now. Ballyhigh's students have experienced much success competing in AA-, A-, and B- rated shows throughout Kentucky, the Midwest, and the Southeast. Joyce has had students qualify for the Maclay Regionals, the Washington International Horse Show, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, and USEF Pony Finals, as well as having a student selected into the USEF Emerging Athletes Program. Joyce was the high point trainer at the 2009 KHJA Medal Finals and her students have won the finals numerous times.


She is a member of KHJA, USHJA, USEF, and IHSA. She is also an experienced judge at the local level.


4-H Highlights

  • 1987: Represented Maryland at the National 4-H Congress in Horse and Pony
  • 1986: Won the Public Speaking Contest at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-up
  • 1987: Competed on Maryland 4-H Hippology Team at Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-up
  • 1988: Competed on Maryland 4-H Horse Bowl Team at Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-up

College Highlights

  • 1989–1992: University of Kentucky Equestrian Team
    • Competed at Zones two times
    • Competed at Nationals
  • 1990: University of Kentucky Horse Judging Team

Professional Experiences

  • 1993: Instructor-Champagne Run Farm
  • 1994–1997: Director of Equine Extracurricular Activities at Midway College
  • 1998: Trainer-RC Farm
  • 1998: Coach-Midway College
  • 1998–2001: Trainer-Robert Murphy Stable
  • 2001–present: Trainer/Owner-Ballyhigh Show Stable, Ltd.
  • 2011–2012: Coach-Midway College
  • 2013–present: Board of Directors-Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association
  • 2013–2014: Board of Directors-Kentucky Horse Council
  • 2015–2016: President-Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association
  • 2015: Trade Show Manager -Kentucky Reining Cup
Joyce Brinsfield, Trainer and Owner Joyce Brinsfield, Trainer and Owner