A native of L.I., New York, I began riding and showing hunters, jumpers, and equitation in the early 1960s. Long Island was home to many top instructors in the ‘60s in an atmosphere for serious horsemen and women. One of my instructors, Joan Johnson, was involved in the formation of the intercollegiate riding association.
I began teaching riding in 1965, graduating from the Potomac Horse Center, Maryland in 1968. Potomac was the only British Horse Society program in the United States at that time and one of just a handful of places an instructor could be certified. I’ve taught riding for my lifetime, teaching children, adults, and instructors and am a partner in Fox School of Horsemanship, which was est. 1969.
After graduation I moved to the MidWest, taught riding and showed horses. In the early 1970’s I began giving riding lessons to members of United States Pony Club. Since then I’ve held many positions, including USPC Regional Supervisor, and VRS, USPC Regional Instruction Coordinator, USPC District Commissioner, Regional Camp Director, Pony Club Examiner, course designer, event organizer, and the best one; Instructor.
One of my areas of interest is in teaching future riding instructors. My blog, The Riding Instructor, is read 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 business. I expect all of my students to follow The Riding Instructor both on it’s web page and on FaceBook.
I author a 2nd blog, U.S. Horsemanship which is about the history of horsemanship in America.
Writing is as much a passion for me as are horses. I’m the author of Lizbethboz, Old & Shaggy, a children’s book about a special pony and her special needs rider. Lizbethboz is available on iBooks and Kindle. I also write curriculum for the FSH riding programs.
Between writing, riding, teaching and helping with horses I have a busy life but I am always willing to help serious students. Call me if you would like to discuss your riding future.