Coventry Equestrian Center

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Coventry offers quality boarding for the horse and worry-free care for the owner. Owner Kristin Hermann has managed and trained at Coventry since 1993. Classically trained in dressage, Kristin has studied with many known trainers, graduated from the USDF Instructor Trainer Program in 1989, participated in two L Judges Programs, and won the Regionals at First Level before computers. Lol. Kristin values her skills as an instructor as her training horses days are behind her. She has numerous articles published in various equine magazines and even had a series once in Dressage Today and Dressage & CT. Many of the articles can be found on this website. Or call (412) 296 - 2130

Coventry specializes in lessons for dressage riders or those wishing to hone their skills and understand the how and why of dressage to train the horse. Coventry also allows outside trainers in for hunt seat, eventing, and dressage. We host clinics and three dressage schooling shows a year. However, you do not have to take lessons to board at Coventry. We cater to the care of the horse regardless. Two trainers are on site to school and train your horse if desired. And, Kristin will travel to other barns for lessons.

In 2010, Kristin was given a Spanish Norman Horse (a driving horse), and after a year of training, she and Bracchus won the USDF All Breed Award at Training Level. He won the Spanish Norman Horse Registry's High Point Award in 2012. Kristin and Bracchus went on to win the USDF All Breed at the First and Second Levels. Several of Kristin's students have also won USDF All Breed Awards, Half Draft, Morgan, Friesian Heritage, American Quarter Horse, and the Appaloosa Horse Club... Her student and trainer at Coventry has won the Appaloosa All-Breed Award three years from Training Level to Second. She has two students who won their USDF Bronze Medals with her schooling. Also a trainer for Western Dressage, Kristin's student has won many local awards consecutively climbing the levels and two National Awards in Western Dressage at Second and Third Levels. Yet, our focus is on education not merely awards.

For twenty-five years, Kristin was on the board of the Western PA. Dressage Association: in 2017, she and a few friends founded the Three Rivers Equestrian Association ( TREA.) Then in 2023 she founded a 501c3 to share her success as an equestrian with teenage girls looking to develop a skill with horses.

Kristin loves to instruct those interested in building a solid foundation in training their horse in Dressage. For more information, email

Visit our Coventry Equestrian Center Facebook page for photos updated information. Also check out Kristin's facebook page Home School Your Horse for simplified training tips


452 Old Hickory Ridge Rd.
Washington, PA. 15301
call or text :-)
(412) 296 - 2130

Kristin travels for lessons and clinics. 

 With over thirty years of  teaching experience, Kristin 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.   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 and Bracchus also won the USDF All Breed Award in 2014 showing First Level.  In 2015, showing Second Level, Kristin and Bracchus ranked 150 in the nation of all riders at Second Level.  She has participated in two USDF Learner Judges programs,  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. 

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 in  Pittsburgh Pet Connections Magazine on the Gymnastic Training of the Horse.  (  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 ~

Visit Kristin's Home School Your Horse Facebook page for training tips. 

Coventry Equestrian Center is  nestled on 32 rolling acres in southwestern Pennsylvania near Washington PA. Established in 1993 Blythedale,* the owner’s e-mail address, was the name of the owners  favorite horse. Blythedale means  "happy valley"  and 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 plus event.   A well-trained, balanced and relaxed horse will perform better for  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  Three Rivers Equestrian Association (TREA)  sanctioned dressage shows as well as sanctioned Western Pennsylvania Dressage Association (WPDA) shows annually. 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
USDF # 1 All Breed Award in 2012 & 2014

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

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