Canterbury Farm's Trainers & Staff

The team at Canterbury Farm is comprised of qualified, dedicated and enthusiastic horse people that love horses and the equestrian sport. Whether your riding goals include riding as a hobby or setting personal, competitive goals, the qualified team here works with you to create a customized program that gets you where you want to go.


Greg Franklin is the head trainer at Canterbury Farm, he is dedicated to producing riders and horses in the Hunter, Equitation, and Jumper rings that are competitive at local, national and international levels. His commitment to providing people and horses with the guidance necessary to bring out their greatest potential provides those who train with him the tools, focus and discipline necessary to achieve success. For over 30 years, he has ridden hunters to numerous championships all over the country and has brought many different horses to Horse of the Year awards in Zone Five. Greg also understands what it takes to achieve success in the Equitation ring, having trained a Reserve Champion in the Midwest Region of the ASPCA Maclay championships. He has qualified horses and riders for the Pennsylvania National, Washington International and the National Horse in the Junior Hunter Division Amateur Owner Hunter Division and Regular Working Hunter Division. While at HITS in Ocala, FL he trained the pony Equitation 2011 Circuit Champion. He has also shown internationally at Spruce Meadows in the 1.40 and 1.45. Greg’s local, national and international networking with top professionals allows him to stay current, cutting edge and comprehensive in his riding and training. Greg also has his ‘R’ in the Hunters, Hunter Seat Equitation, and Jumpers, and judges many shows throughout the country, bringing home with him a unique “judge’s eye” perspective to those who train with him.


Sarah Lanphere started riding ponies at the age of 5 at a local barn near Chicago. When she was 13, her passion for the sport bloomed and her dedication grew. She was a working student during her junior career and had good success in the hunter and jumper ring while she had opportunities to show numerous horses and gain experience and knowledge. Throughout her junior career, she successfully competed in the Midwest and Westcoast circuits at horseshows such as Lamplight Equestrian Center, HITS Chicago, HITS Coachella, and Blenheim Equisports in San Juan Capistrano. After graduating high school she moved to Scottsdale, AZ to be a full-time working student for Janet Hischer of Twisted Tree Farm.

During her multiple working student positions she was able to compete in both the hunters and jumpers and bring along young horses, while attending school at Arizona State University. During her collegiate career, Sarah spent time during the summers working in the Midwest with Nancy Whitehead of Roc USA soaking up all the knowledge she could. Much of her time was spent helping on the ground, and assisting in breaking out young horses. In December of 2017, Sarah decided to finish her Bachelor’s Degree online at Arizona State from home and began her professional career for the Franklin’s.

Since beginning her work at Canterbury, she has received numerous opportunities to work with all different levels of horses in the show ring and at home. For the month of March in 2019, Sarah was able to join Canterbury in Florida to compete at HITS Ocala and did well in preparing horses for their junior and amateur clients. She continues to produce solid rounds in both the hunter and jumper ring at local shows and out of state shows, and hopes to maintain her career as a young professional.


Marcia Franklin is one of the owners of Canterbury Farm. She has been in the horse business for more than 25 years on a variety of levels including barn owner, horse owner, rider and most recently has found joy in driving. Marcia owns her own driving pony and on beautiful days can be seen driving down Thurnau road.

Marcia is a horse lover, hands-on owner, and is great with kids. Before becoming an owner of Canterbury Farm, Marcia was a school teacher for 20 years in a Northbrook School District. Together with the rest of her family, she prides herself on creating a warm family environment for all of the horses and riders that train at the farm.


We have a very qualified and caring staff at the farm that are here to help you with all of your needs as well as your horses’ needs. We are here to accommodate you, and care for your horse in every way we can.