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Coventry offers quality boarding  for the horse and worry free care for the owner... ☺

Lessons are  available for the more "experienced" rider who has developed basic riding skills and  would like to advance. 
Kristin Hermann  utilizes her thirtyfive  years of knowledge to teach  quality riding for balance seat and  dressage:  the gymnastic training of the horse.  Kristin trains riders how to train horses!  Riders at Coventry learn how and why to keep the horse relaxed, rhythmic, and round,  put the horse straight and ride it forward.  Lateral work is then introduced, how to canter in both seats - sitting and in jumping position...plus, how to stretch the horse and keep it in balance.
 Lessons are powerpacked with   knowledge that is shared.  Students are not just told to  "do this and do that...,"   as Kristin expresses the nuances of communicating with the horse in clarity so all  riders progress and all horses understand!   Visit Coventry's Newsletter tab (to the left)  to further your equestrian education...

Kristin has owned, managed and trained  at Coventry since 1993.
Prior to that she was a freelance instructor who studied with well known trainers, attended and participated in  numerous USDF Educational events - Instructor Trainer Seminars and Judges Seminars.  Kristin travels to  barns for lessons and to assist riders with  their  horses. 
  Coventry also  brings in other trainers 
for hunt seat, eventing & dressage. You do not have to take lessons to here to board  at Coventry.  We cater to the care of the horse.

  In 2012 Coventry became  the home & training center  
of the first horse to win the 
 2012 USDF All Breed Award
for the Spanish Norman Registry.
Kristin's horse was also  the highest scoring Spanish Norman Horse in the country that showed in dressage.  He  also won the Spanish Norman Registry's High Point Award in 2012 !

 

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452 Old Hickory Ridge Road
Washington PA 15301
Home/ Farm: 724 206 9902   

blythedale@comcast.net

Kristin travels for lessons and clinics. 

 She has  over thirty years of  teaching experience and enjoys sharing her knowledge.  In 2012  Kristin started showing again after a 23-year lapse.    She was  ranked 203 in the nation out of thousands of professional USDF riders in 2012.  She and her Spanish Norman horse also won the National Championship for the USDF ALL Breed Award  in 2012 and won the Spanish Norman Registry's High Point Award for 2012!   She is presently a USDF L Candidate and will take her test in 2014.  She has passed the USDF Instructor's Training in 1989 and audited the program in the early eighties.  In 1989, Kristin was the top placing rider winning Region 1 (six states) as an Adult Amateur  on her Trakehner  mare Erle's Bliss. 

As an avid writer, Kristin's articles have appeared in The Chronicle of the Horse, HorsePlay Magazine, Dressage Today, Dressage & CT and she had a series in the USDF Connection's magazine in the late eighties and early nineties.  Many of these articles are on this website.  She presently has a series running in Pet Connections Magazine on the Gymnastic Training of the Horse.  (www.pghpetconnections.com)  All horses benefit with dressage training made simple to supple, strengthen, balance and non evasively gymnastically train the horse.

To schedule a clinic or lessons contact Kristin ~ 

 blythedale@comcast.net


Coventry may have stalls opening in June 2014 - we would love to put you on a waiting list, you never know when a stall will open up...

Coventry Equestrian Center, nestled on 32 rolling acres in southwestern Pennsylvania near Washington PA, was established in 1993. Blythedale,* the owner’s e-mail address, was the name of her favorite horse and it means "happy valley" in Celtic. Coventry means "to protect," thus, the horses living at Coventry are protected in this happy valley. *

At Coventry we offer horse-friendly boarding covering all your horse's needs: fresh water, stalls cleaned daily, regular turnout in safe groups, and an evening feeding of hay and water. Our boarders at Coventry are here because of the excellent care, quiet atmosphere and reasonable rates. We cater to the horses and riders  and they are happy...

Lessons in dressage (or gymnastic training for the horse)  are available at Coventry as well as hunt seat and eventing. We have three dressage trainers at Coventry and two jumping trainers. Our students learn to not only ride but  train their own horses developing  the skills to be a true and tactful equestrian. The owner/manager, Kristin Hermann, specializes in teaching good riding / training with a natural horsemanship (non evasive) approach - the result is harmony between horse and rider!   Horses are never  coerced into performing and you can see this training philosophy portrayed in their attitudes.

Students from Coventry compete in dressage, hunter, and  jumpers . A well-trained, balanced and relaxed horse will perform better at any discipline.  And,  correct  riding skills will benefit a rider for a lifetime of enjoyment in their chosen equestrian discipline.

Outside clinicians teach at Coventry and outside trainers are welcome.

Coventry  hosts two Western Pennsylvania Dressage Association (WPDA) shows a year. See upcoming events for details. Contact Kristin about riding or boarding at Coventry and/or for a farm tour.

USDF Horse of the Year for Spanish Norman Registry
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USDF # 1 All Breed Award in 2012

* The Blythedale Romance is a book written by American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, who is also author of The Scarlet Letter.

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