Anne R. Adams
I have shown hunter/ jumpers,
English equitation, dressage, western pleasure, competitive trail
riding, endurance riding, barrel racing, and pole bending. I also
use to exercise trotting ponies which resulted in a love and
appreciation for driving.
Currently I take instruction with Carolyn Heath-Leininger (a former FEI
competitor) as well as Samea Baker (American Driving Society judge)
to improve my riding and driving.
I own 4 horses with my daughter, my personal favorite being Carter-
an arab cross I am training to first level dressage. I am also working
with my miniature horse Teddy to put him to the cart. I continue
to help Caitlin train her horse Redz (Tavern Talk), as well as work
with our QH Logan to be an ideal Western horse.
Everyone learns dressage, which I believe is the foundation
of good riding whether your aspirations are the show ring or the
trails. Dressage creates smooth transitions and a good deal of control-
which leads to fun safe rides. After all, riding should be fun,
a lifetime sport.
Western Riding is what I teach. In 1972 my dad bought me an Appaloosa
gelding named Perry Cloud. He knew his job and anyone could
do well riding him in competition. I took what Perry Cloud
taught me and "finished" a green-broke 3 yr. old App that
placed 3rd in halter at the National Appaloosa Show. Poco Fire
Cat and I hit the shows (20 a year for 5 years) and won everything. I
showed local 'open' shows and Registered Appaloosa shows traveling
from Delaware to Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland
and Virginia. Big wins included Jr. Western Pleasure at the
Washington International out of 20, and in halter, 1st out of 38
in aged geldings at the Greater Eastern Appaloosa Regional Show
in Syracuse in 1977. I also placed 1st in Showmanship out of
20 in the Keystone International Livestock Exposition in Harrisburg. Unlike
all of the other instructors here at Fairwinds - I I never had a
lesson, and boy did it take forever to get it right. Save
yourself time and grief - take lessons.
am pleased to introduce anyone to the amazing horse. I think
western riding is easier to learn than English riding. I want
the student to have fun and feel good about riding. I reserve
the right to laugh 'with' you until we get the correct form. There
are many activities to learn after one accomplishes the proper riding
form. In western riding you can barrel race, pole bend, calf
rope, steer wrestle, goat tie, joust, trail ride, show, perform
reining and cutting, pony race horses, and there are many more activities
mostly performed from a western saddle. And after all, "Why
ride with two hands when you can ride with just one?"
I have been
riding since I was 7 years old and was very active in 4H. Grew up
mainly competing in Hunters then went to the Big Equitation and
Medals. I always wanted to event but my parents wouldn't let me.
I started training with Wonderland Farms where I got to ride and
train Trakheners. I also owned two Arabians and competed on the
East Coast in Arabian Halter classes. I was also given the opportunity
to train with the Olympic coach for Show Jumping and was going to
go on the Florida Jumper Circuit but life got in the way and I got
married and had kids.
Once we settled here in Maryland I bought a OTTB Thoroughbred that
I trained to be my event horse. I was training with Bruce Davidson
and clinician Jimmy Wofford. I ended up selling my horse due to
being very busy being a mom.
Now I am the Co-DC and instructor for a local Pony Club. I have
two sons that ride and compete. Robby is very active with Delaware
Pony Club and competes mainly in Jumpers and Tetrathlon. Joey is
also a Delaware Pony Club member and wants to grow up and be another
Phillip Dutton in Eventing.
In lessons, I like to incorporate many different styles of riding.
One day you may find us out on the cross country course, or
in the ring practicing Dressage, playing pony games, or working
on Hunter/Jumper courses. I also teach basic horsemanship
and focus on proper handling of the horse from the ground. But
more importantly, I like for my students to have fun!
I have been riding since I was 10 years old. I first started out
just out of boredom from watching my mom ride and started taking
lessons at Fairwinds. I started out just doing hunter shows hosted
by Fairwinds and ended up doing well. After nearly two years of
riding, I got my first pony and joined Pony Club in 2007. Here I
started to branch off from just doing hunter shows to doing more
of eventing and show jumpers. For the past several years, I have
competed at Pony Club Nationals for the sport of Tetrathlon. In
the summer of 2011, I competed at nationals and won my division.
I have trained at Fairwinds with several of their instructors, trained
with Judy Thayer, taken lessons with Bruce Davidson and my current
trainer is Sally Lofting, where I am a working- student for her.
I mostly focus on show jumping, but we incorporate principles of
all disciplines to help improve my riding and become more of a well
In my lessons, I try to do similar things that I do in my own lessons.
I try to incorporate a little of everything in my lessons. I work
on dressage, show jumping, equitation and eventing. I try my best
at having fun and learning at the same time. I do not make my students
do anything that I myself would not do. I keep my own personal horse,
Winston, at Fairwinds and use him for lessons so students can gain
confidence and learn what specific tasks are suppose to look and
been riding and working around horses my entire life. I grew up
on a horse farm until age 12 and then moved to Maryland and met
the Dawsons, who I've worked with for the past 5 years. I teach
beginner lessons and summer day camp at Fairwinds.
of my past trainers include Sue McDade, Carol McCarthy, and Steven
and Erica King. I showed at Quentin Riding Club in 1995 and for
the past several years I have been showing more frequently in the
area. I enjoy Hunters and equitation. I have worked with a wide
variety of horses with each of them teaching me something new.
I am currently enrolled at Cecil College to pursue a degree in Equine
Management. I teach my beginner students the basics of riding. They
learn about form and how to control their mounts. My goal for each
of my students is for them to learn how to be safe around horses
and to learn to be the best rider that they can be. I try to keep
my lessons fun so that they learn that they can have fun while also
being safe! I warn them that if they do fall off to get right
back on so they can overcome their anxiety and work on the cause
of the fall.
began my riding career at the Fairwinds Farm summer day camp, and
I never looked back. I spent most of every summer vacation at the
farm helping JoAnn with the many activities we offer. As I advanced,
I began supplementing my riding lessons at Fairwinds by leasing
and competing in three-phase eventing, which was a fantastic experience.
I taught camp and substitute taught lessons at Fairwinds several
times before going off to college, and now that I'm back home teaching
band and orchestra at North East Middle School, I am also thrilled
to be back at my home barn as a regular lesson and camp instructor!
discipline of choice is eventing, which is a very diverse genre
of riding that includes dressage, cross country jumping, and stadium
jumping. I have trained with Jen Facciolo, Judy Thayer, former
CCI** eventer Monica Fiss, and CCI**** eventer Erin Sylvester. I
believe that, in both music and horseback riding, it is extremely
important that I continue to be a student and improve my own skill
in order to successfully teach others. I seek to expose students
to all that eventing has to offer, prepare them for the hunter riding
discipline that Fairwinds currently favors, and of course try fun
things like riding bareback!