Barbara grew up on Long Island, New York where she showed in equitation and hunter/jumpers. She was certified by the Potomac Horse Center, MD. in 1968 and taught riding and trained horses until 2015 when she retired to full-time writing.
Her students have shown throughout the U.S. in hunters, jumpers, equitation, saddle seat, halter and western riding. She is the past director/owner of Fox School of Horsemanship and began teaching United States Pony Clubs in the ’70s holding a variety of positions USPC Regional Supervisor, and VRS, USPC Regional Instruction Coordinator, USPC District Commissioner, Regional Camp Director, Pony Club Examiner, course designer and event organizer.
Barbara is devoted to the rehabilitation to second careers for off-the-track race horses and has always found a spot for them in riding programs.
Also an advocate for America’s Wild Horses, Barbara’s personal horse, Reno, was captured by the government in the mountains of Northern Nevada.
Teaching good horsemanship and fostering kindness towards horses has always been one of Barbara’s priorities. She has worked with horse whisperers and round pen trainers since 1995, and spent time with wild horse gatherer, Steve Harris.
Her blog The Riding Instructor is followed by thousands of riding instructors and students worldwide. The purpose of the blog is to share expertise and encouragement with people who seek knowledge in the area of teaching and equestrian business.
2nd less active blog U.S. Horsemanship is devoted to the history of horsemanship in America.