For over 20 years the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) has been educating all levels of eventing instructors to confirm their knowledge base, both theoretical and practical, upon which they will continue to build throughout their teaching lifetime. The USEA is now shining the spotlight each month on some of the 300 ICP Certified Instructors. Click here to learn more about the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program.
Specialty: I have a cross-section of students – amateurs/professionals – all wanting to ride and train correctly.
Philosophy: I like to treat each horse and rider individually, focusing on what’s needed and always trying to train correctly with no gimmicks or short cuts. Always aiming to get each horse and rider to their potential.
Specialty: I love to help any level and any age. My favorite thing about teaching is trying to convey the basics in a way that everyone gets something out of it. I enjoy being part of the progression of a horse and rider as they gain confidence and knowledge. And I love, myself, to be a student of the sport.
Philosophy: I’ve developed a number of riders to the five-star level and I would say I’ve been able to specialize in directing people to become developing and listed riders. I’m proud that I’ve been a part of a number of riders’ careers to where they’re able to start their own business and be successful.
Fun Fact: Everyone in my family is a teacher of some sort and if I didn’t teach riding, I’d probably be a ski instructor.
Specialty: I specialize in helping riders understand the weakness of their riding and “how to” improve to graduate to the next level.
Philosophy: Training is about teaching horses and riders to be able to perform tasks that they can’t and/or don’t understand. The importance of the understanding can not be stressed enough.
Fun Fact: The ICP program has helped me tremendously become the rider and coach I am today.
Specialty: Having run the British Horse Society-approved training facility Cedar Crest Farm Equestrian Center in New York for the past 20 years, coaching riders from across the U.S. and beyond in all the traditional disciplines, I am an educated and insightful teacher of riders of all ages and abilities in the structured European tradition. Through a professional career dedicated to quality instruction I am able to analyze and explain when a rider encounters a problem, encourage and give confidence to nervous riders, and help competent riders move to the next level on the basis of a solid foundation.
Philosophy: The USEA Instructors' Certification Program encapsulates the requirement for structured and progressive training, as laid out in the classical directives, to meet the needs and demands of the modern sport of eventing, especially where new riders coming to the discipline are concerned. My philosophy is that by sharing my knowledge of correct training I can enhance the competitive success of horses and riders, as well as placing an emphasis on safety and the soundness and longevity of our equine partners. I am passionate about teaching students the benefits of riding with an independent and balanced seat which allows their horses to use themselves athletically; and about showing how correct, patient, and consistent training produces successful outcomes as displayed by the top riders in the world who adhere to these principles. I also believe lessons have to be fun!
Fun Fact: I started my career working for the British Bloodstock Agency in Newmarket, the headquarters of horse-racing in the U.K., before moving to Scotland to join Capt. Mark Phillips and his team running a multitude of equestrian events at the Gleneagles Equestrian Center. I emigrated to the U.S. in 1994 on a charter flight with 42 horses – my ISH mare in one hand and my suitcase in the other!
ICP Level II
Specialty: Upbeat positive lessons, clinics, and coaching for all levels. Upper level preps for national Pony Club certifications.
Philosophy: A rider’s confidence is built through a strong, effective balanced position. It’s the coach’s responsibility to create an encouraging, safe space for the rider to attempt and practice new skills. Eventing is a tough sport, we celebrate all of the small victories on the way to the student’s bigger goals.
Fun Fact: I live with one husband, two teenage boys, and four dogs. It’s a bit rowdy to say the least. Before I made horses my full time occupation, I was a neuroscientist - yikes!
ICP Level II-Provisional
Butler, Maryland & Aiken, South Carolina
Specialty: I have worked with many lower level riders introducing them to the sport of eventing. I love to get riders started with solid basics from the ground up that carry them on to whatever discipline suits them.
Philosophy: Treat each horse and rider as an individual and build from the positive things they do. Having fun is the key!
Fun Fact: I have evented on up and down both coasts having grown up in Area VII.
Specialty: I specialize in building strong, independent, and thoughtful horsewomen from the group up, including developing confident, willing partnerships.
Philosophy: My philosophy includes instilling confidence in both horse and rider with consistent, accurate, and positive experiences both on the ground and in the saddle. By finding the best way to communicate with each individual, anything is possible!
Fun Fact: I won Loch Moy Farm’s Instructor Recognition Program in 2018 for demonstrating desirable qualities in a coach and accruing the most highly placed students in all MDHT events in 2018.
ICP Level I-Training
Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania
Specialty: My specialty is in training young riders, mainly through the United States Pony Club, as well as adult amateurs. I also specialize in retraining off-the-track Thoroughbreds into new careers and enjoy working with young horses.
Philosophy: My teaching philosophy revolves around perfecting the basics in order to achieve higher goals. One cannot skip steps in riding without discovering the holes in their skills later on in their careers. This applies to both riders and horses.
Fun Fact: Besides competing in eventing, dressage, and jumpers, I love foxhunting and have run a few timber races too.
Come join the Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Associatin (IDCTA) on February 16th, 2023 at 7 p.m. CST to hear about Abigail’s journey through her competing years, what she’s overcome, and how and what she has to share as a Sports Psychologist.Learn tools to overcome some of your anxieties and become the best you in and out of the show ring.
There was a sense of déjà vu chatting with Liz Halliday-Sharp about the superstar young Irish Sport Horse Shanroe Cooley (Dallas x Shanroe Sapphire), owned by Ocala Horse Properties, LLC. The now 8-year-old gelding was the 2021 USEA 6-Year-Old Preliminary Horse of the Year and 2021 USEA Preliminary Horse of the Year and he followed up that impressive 2021 season with an even more exciting competition year in 2022 bringing home second in his first-ever CCI3*-S followed by two victories at the level. He had a top-five finish in his first CCI3*-L across the border at Bromont and then made his way overseas to place eighth in Halliday-Sharp’s goal event for the young horse: the highly competitive FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Mondial du Lion D’Angers. Add up all of those super results, and it's no surprise that Shanroe Cooley was awarded two USEA leaderboard titles for the second year in a row— 2022 Intermediate Horse of the Year and 2022 USEA 7-Year-Old Intermediate Horse of the Year.
The USEA is heartbroken to hear about the loss of James “Jimmy” C. Wofford. A lifelong lover and supporter of the sport, Wofford has had an astounding influence on where eventing is today and has tirelessly supported the goals of the United States Eventing Association. He served as president of the American Horse Show Association (now U.S. Equestrian (USEF)), was the first vice-president of the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET), and served as secretary of the USCTA (now USEA). He served two terms as a member of the FEI Eventing Committee, including two years as vice chairman. In addition, he has served on numerous committees during his career.
Experience the thrill of traditional long format three-day eventing by competing in a USEA Classic Series event in 2023! The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce that the 2023 Classic Series calendar is now available.