About Us

Owners Joe and Freda Jessen moved to Rutherford County in 2001 and established Fern Hollow Farm off of Pilgrim Road in Ellenboro. The farm grew from three to 16 horses and 2010 the farm moved to a newly built facility off of Piney Mountain Church Road in Bostic, NC. In addition to the horses, the farm is home to 4 dogs, 3 cats, 2 pigs and several chickens. Joe teaches 7th grade at Chase Middle School.

Owner/Instructor Freda Jessen has over 15 years as a professional riding instructor and is an ANRC #2 rated rider. She holds a BA in Equine Business Management from St. Andrews Presbyterian College. She was the assistant director of riding at Chatham Hall from 1998 to 2001. Since establishing Fern Hollow Farm Freda’s students have successfully competed at shows throughout North and South Carolina. Many of her students have received year end awards and championships as well as qualifying for local medal finals. Freda has also shown several horses to year end BRHJA championships. Freda has served on the BRHJA board and in 2008 was named BRHJA horseperson of the year.