riding BarbaraEllinFox.com

In 1969, before there were certifications for riding instructors, I graduated from a riding program in Maryland, certified to teach riding and train horses. The program was tough, backed by the Maryland Department of Education and the British Horse Society. In my class were students taking their final exam for fifth and sixth times. People didn’t pass on the first try. Fully Unprepared The program, Potomac Horse Center, was my first time away from home alone. And in my ignorance I signed on for a program based on eventing. Eventing is a riding sport that involves three different activities including galloping and jumping cross country.Read More →

riding BarbaraEllinFox.com

When I was a kid and wanted to learn to ride, I spent hours practicing not just for a summer but year after year. I took lessons riding any horse available, went to summer camp, competed in horse shows, and read everything I could get my hands on. I practiced continuously. Then over the years I met incredible horsemen who taught me about different facets of horsemanship and the industry. I worked hard at my craft of teaching riding and training horses. It makes me smile when I think how much the horse industry is like the writing industry. Use it or Lose it  RidingRead More →

coffee and a note pad

This web site and I have been at a stand-off while I consider how to start the first blog post. And then I thought, why not? I’ll go first and tell you a little about me. Then maybe you’ll tell me about yourself. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m no stranger to blogging.  I’ve blogged at TheRidingInstructor.net for more than ten years. But this is different. This is the first blog post for my new author’s site where I’ll tell you about myself, writing, and other things I think will interest you. Writing this first blog post is like writing to someone you’ve neverRead More →