Meet Danielle and Samantha Frosch! These two sisters run Midnight Moonchip Stables, a private, professional horseback riding facility in Bohemia, NY. Danielle started Midnight Moonchip Stables as a 7th grader with the help of her parents. Midnight Moonchip Stables specializes in teaching beginning riders horsemanship with a focus on equitation, hunters and jumpers.
Danielle is the head trainer with 16 years experience working with horses, riding, grooming, and training. She has competed at rated shows like Winner’s Circle, Hunter’s Isle and the Hampton Classic. At the age of 13, Danielle and her horse Charming Chocolate Chip were rated number 9 out of 400 riders on Long Island who competed in Pre-Children’s Hunter Pony Divisions. Currently, Danielle is captain of the Suffolk County Community College Equestrian Team and finishing up her sophomore year at college.
Her sister, Samantha Frosch, is a senior in high school and the assistant trainer at Midnight Moonchip Stables. Samantha has been riding since she was 4 years old. As a senior in high school, Samantha plans to attend vet school where she will become an equine vet. Samantha has attended some of the country’s best veterinarian programs like Cornell and Tufts University. Currently, she shadows a small animal vet in Sayville, NY.
“I am a Pre-Vet Equine Science Major and [Danielle] is majoring in Education. So, I’ll be able to take care of our horses as an equine vet and she’ll teach kids Spanish… No, but all kidding aside, we have loved horses our whole lives,” laughs Samantha.
Life for these sisters changed nine years ago when they got their first ponies, Chip and Ozzy. “Bike rides, runs, and walks to the barn consumed our lives until we could drive!” says Samantha. The idea of Midnight Moonchip Stables came about after their 6-year-old neighbor wanted to learn how to ride. Word of mouth spread quickly and the number of riders wanting to take a lesson with the sisters and their ponies grew! They established an actual business LLC and now have about 30 kids, ages ranging from 4-19. They have also expanded their business to include summer camps and pony parties.
Danielle and Samantha believe in creating a fun and educational experience for their riders. “We have very fun events like summer camps where we do crafts, riding games, and eat too many cupcakes to count!” explains Samantha. They coordinate pool parties in the summer and Christmas parties with cookie decorating, secret Santa’s, and singing contests. One of their students’ favorite events is a “train the trainer” day where the kids give the trainers the lessons. There are also opportunities for field trips to events like Professional Bull Riding at Madison Square Garden this past January. They also take their students to local shows.
“We trade around the show clothes and have accepted numerous donations from Pegasus Riding Clothes, a nonprofit organization that sends you free show clothes, helmets, boots, etc if you fill out the form!” says Samantha.
Midnight Moonchip Stables is all about family. Danielle and Samantha both credit their parents as their biggest supporters. Their dad is the barn’s handyman and their mom wakes up early to feed the horses when the girls have to go to school.
“Our parents are a big part of allowing Danielle and I to do what we do. Horses are a huge part of our lives and we are so lucky to be able to share them with others!” shares Samantha.
Samantha and Danielle have been presented with a unique opportunity, but they need the help of the equestrian community. Chase Bank and Mission Main St. Grants will select 20 small businesses to award $100,000 grants to each! These sisters are in the running and need our votes! They plan to make barn repairs, add sand to their arena, put in a wash rack and more. It only takes a minute to show your support. Vote at Mission Main St. Grants!