Our Riding Instructors

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. 

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Mark J. Barczewski

Howdy, 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.

I 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?"

Karen  Bowersox

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!

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Robby Bowersox

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 rounded rider.

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 feel like.

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Sydney Ennis

Dana Groop

Dana Groop began riding at the age of 6, bought her first horse at 9, and began competing in amateur hunter shows at the age of 10. She worked as a junior counselor at age 12, riding every kind of horse she could get her hands on. Realizing that her first horse was no longer challenging enough, she bought a four year old appendix quarter horse when she turned 14.

At age 16, Dana began training with three-star event rider, Danny Warrington, who introduced her to the level of riding she sought and helped her find her next horse, three star eventer, Tacoma Longshot. Danny referred to Dana as a “practicing devil”, spending countless hours training, moving up to training level and schooling at the Prelim level.


Dana moved to California for college in 2007, competing in both eventing and show jumping, qualifying for the American Eventing championships in 2009. She sold her three star horse and moved to New Zealand in 2011, where she fell in love with Show jumping while training with legendary Canadian Grand Prix showjumper Kyle Timm, a professional athlete who coached the New Zealand youth Olympic team.


Dana invested in a four year old Rheinlander mare, taking her back to California where she was finishing college. While there, Dana worked with Julia Smith of Prestige Equestrians, and began pinning in the top 3 at USEF jumper shows.


Dana accepted a job as the head trainer of the Grace Foundation, the premiere rescue foundation of Northern California . The job included assessing each new rescue horse. Working with horses with unknown backgrounds, Dana would ride them while unsure as to whether they had any training at all. After the assessment, Dana worked with the horse herself, or paired it with someone on her team of exercise riders-all young riders in training to be trainers themselves. Training programs and tactics were all developed and implemented by Dana.


In 2013, Dana moved to Australia for her last term of school and began training with Australian Grand Prix showjumper Jamie Winning, even receiving a guest lesson from Australia ’s team coach.

Dana went from taking pony lessons in someone’s backyard to competing as an elite, recently taking home second place in the 3’9 speed class at the Georgia International Horse Park (home of the 1996 Olympic Games.)


At Fairwinds, Dana is now training intermediate to advanced students who want to progress their own riding to a higher level. She truly loves this sport, and wants the absolute best for anyone who works with her.

Sarah Shutt

I've 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.

Some 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.

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Mandy Maruchi-Turner

I 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!

My 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!

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