My teaching background:
I grew up on Long Island in New York in the 50s and 60s where I showed equitation and hunter/jumpers. I was was certified by the Potomac Horse Center, MD. in 1968 and began teaching more than 50 years ago. I’m the director/owner Fox School of Horsemanship, which was est. 1969. I’ve been a United States Pony Club Instructor since the '70s. and have held many positions in Pony Club including USPC Regional Supervisor, USPC Regional Instruction Coordinator, USPC District Commissioner, Regional Camp Director, Pony Club Examiner, course designer and event organizer. I believe United States Pony Club is a wonderful youth equestrian organization.
My teaching principles:
Teaching good horsemanship is one of my passions. My goal is to instill strong basics in students so they can build on the foundation to be successful and independent horsemen and women. The complete horseman knows how to thoroughly care for his/her horse and equipment, in addition to riding.
I encourage students to investigate, question, and understand the theory and principles behind what they do. I love to train instructors and help them fill their arsenal of teaching solutions and methods. Every instructor needs multiple ways to teach a single subject and must have multiple answers and solutions.
Once the foundation for good horsemanship is established, a person can follow any style of riding whether it be show jumping or reining, dressage or pleasure riding The happiest horsemen and women are those that are well grounded and can continue to ride for a lifetime. Riding is one of the few sports that has no age limits.
My blog at theridinginstructor.net is a resource for riding instructors in all disciplines of riding.
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