Area Instructors & Trainers

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Local Riding Instructors/Trainers:

Jan Carrasco

Ph. 408-427-5643                         Email:

Let my success by your success! Whether you’re just getting started with horses or a serious competitor, my instruction can offer new ideas, helpful tools and sound advice.   I have over 45 years of riding, training and showing my own horses. I have relocated from CA. I am now accepting new students.  If your goals are to show, I will support you at the shows. I’m flexible on location for lessons.  My barn or yours. I also have a Grand Prix horse available for lessons.  There are stalls available if you want to put your horse in training.  I am also availabe for clinics.   Call for references.


J.M Littleton

Ph. 410-828-1198                         Email:

Littleton Equestrian offers Instruction, Training, and Judging Schooling Shows in dressage. J. M. and her students consistently win and score in the 70's. J. M. has trained with Marcia Carabell for well over a decade. Marcia is a former Olympic and World Champion competitor and was a working student for Jane Savoy and Robert Dover. Marcia offered J. M. an Assistant Trainer position at her Olympic Training facility in Rochelle, Virginia. Benefit from this high level of training at affordable rates. Beginners encouraged, Schoolmaster and stalls available. Let us develop a winning training program for you!


Katherine Nelson

Ph. 717-235-6665                         Email:

Over 30 years of experience, taught through 4th level plus FEI movements, trained horses all movements of Grand Prix, Show experience through Intermediaire II on self-trained horses, Earned USDF Bronze and Silver Medals, and Bronze Freestyle Bar, Level of USDF Certification = Training - 2nd level, Private Lesson $50., Semi private $30. each

Will travel to Northern Baltimore County, Northern Harford County, Southern York County, PA.


Michael Kierkegaard

Ph. home: 717-927-9270, or cell: 717-887-5240      E-mail:

European educated dressage instructor. USDF Certified Dressage Instructor (Training thru 4th Level); retired in 2010 as USDF "Senior" Dressage Judge (active for 33 years); many students at all levels, 3 students have won USDF gold medals, at Grand Prix. Many years as a successful trainer and competitor, green to GP. Clinics, private lessons, and training. Private lessons $125, your place or mine (indoor and outdoor), discount packages available under certain terms. Trip fee per rider $15, within one hour of my home, Felton, Pa.


Sarah Duclos (New Freedom Riding Academy)

Ph. 717-971-4200                         Email:

Sarah is a USDF “L” graduate with 24 years of teaching experience. Sarah instructs adult beginners up to 3rd/4th level.  Currently, Sarah is brining her 2nd Arab cross from unbroken to FEI.  Haul-ins welcome. Sarah has a full size outdoor with mirrors.  She also travels to teach clinics within 1 hour of her farm.  Sarah’s 14 years as a middle and high school teacher help her create well thought out lesson plans and accommodate different styles of learning.


Tracey Hurline (Walberth Farm)

Ph. 410-592-7260

Ph. 410-592-7260
Classically trained Grand Prix Rider with over 40 years of teaching and competition experience. "Re-schooling/undoing/fixing" the horses' (or the riders) difficult problems my specialty. Whether you're goals are for the Olympics, or, just to enjoy, progress,and never show, I can help you. Please ask for my resume. (Verify anyone's Recognized Show 'credentials' at, and see what anyone has really done!)Show coaching, Clinics, local judging, test score improvement, all done in the classical manner. Happy horses and happy riders. Will travel. Love all breeds of horses. You may also haul in, and use my Olympic sized arena with excellent USDF regulation footing.



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Page last Updated: 06-Aug-13