Erin Cecchini is the owner of Five Star Performance Horses. Erin’s main goal is to help her kids achieve their goals and dreams of being the best they can be. 

Erin graduated in 2008 from Cazenovia College with a bachelors degree in Equine Business Management.  She grew up in Middletown, CT, and started riding horses at the age of 7 and has had horses in her life since that time.

Erin has made many accomplishments from her youth through amateur career including the AQHYA World Championship and Congress Championship. She has also earned many top placings at some of the biggest horse shows in the nation, in many different disciplines including trail, equitation over fences, equitation, horsemanship, pleasure and western riding.

Erin’s main focus now is coaching her students to achieve their goals and dreams. Over the years Erin has coached NSBA World & Congress champions and reserve champions. Erin’s most recent accomplishments are coaching the 2018 NSBA World Champion NY Pleasure,  2018 Level 1 World Champion Pleasure, and Top Five & Ten placings at the Quarter Horse Congress for her students in Hunter Under Saddle, Equitation, Trail, Pleasure & Halter.

Erin also has a IEA Team that has had riders qualify for Regionals, Zones & Nationals. You can also find them winning champion at the local school hunter shows on the weekends as well.


Sarah Harvey May has just recently joined our team and what a asset she is! Sarah was born and grew up in England, she then moved to Spain where she was named the Champion of The Basque long distance riding Championship. Sarah is currently a Spanish teacher for middle school children. Her work ethic and connection with riders is amazing. She has experience in hunters, jumpers, and eventing. Her english accent is pretty great too!!!


Brittney Tasto has been with Five Star for the past 3 years. She helps with horse care and management of the barn. Brittney just recently graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Miss Tasto plans to start a therapeutic riding program here at Five Star in the near future. Some of Brittney’s recent accomplishments are Reserve Regional Champion in Novice AM Equitation and currently 9th in the Nation also in Equitation.