Meet Our Instructors
All Crimson Stables riding instructors are trained and experienced to provide the best possible lessons for riders of all skill levels. We partner all new riders with the instructor that best fits your skill level and goals.
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Riley began riding horses at the age of 9, taking weekly riding lessons until she got her first horse at 11. With an interest in training horses, she spent many summers as a working student, gaining skills and knowledge that gave her the confidence of training young horses and riders alike. She had a passion for eventing, and enjoyed schooling and competing occasionally. She also showed huntseat on an Interscholastic Equestrian Association team throughout high school, and rode for one year on the Indiana University Equestrian Team. At IU, Riley is studying Media Advertising, along with marketing and international studies.
Most recently, Riley has been spending her summers as part of the Equestrian Program at Camp Laurel South, in Casco, Maine. There she was a riding instructor and co director of the program.
Dorothy began horseback riding at nine years old and competed in youth rodeos at a stable in Kansas, before her family relocated to Northern Virginia and she fell in love with the world of English riding. As a military brat, Dorothyhas had the unique opportunity to experience different aspects of the equestrian world throughout the United States. She has experience with several disciplines, including hunter/ jumper, eventing, and polo. As an instructor, she aims to provide her students with a solid foundation of horsemanship that will enable them to follow their passions, regardless of the discipline they decide to pursue. Dorothy is studying Animal Behavior at Indiana University, with a particular emphasis on wildlife ecology and conservation.
Gracie started riding when she was 8 years old at an equestrian summer camp in California, and the rest is history. She began as a hunter/jumper, but at age 11 she became enthralled with the immense sense of control and fluidity that Dressage has to offer. As a instructor the five most important principles Gracie aspires to teach and to assume herself are balance, form, posture, assertiveness, and positivity. Gracie is a current grad student at Indiana University in the department of Classical Languages.
From the first time she sat on a horse at the age of three, Maddie knew that she wanted to be around horses, well, all of the time. She started taking weekly lessons at the age of ten, during which time she developed a passion for not only riding but for stable management and working with horses on the ground. Although she participated in several dressage clinics, Maddie primarily competed in hunter paces and hunter shows given her lasting love for jumping. Maddie taught horseback riding and stable management for several summers at a camp in Litchfield, Connecticut, during which time she loved teaching young riders of all levels. Maddie is currently a graduate student in the English department at Indiana University.
Haley began riding horses when she was 7 years old at her first summer horse camp. She soon after began taking Western and English lessons, began showing in showmanship classes with the Valley Riders, and for her 16th birthday she got her own horse. Haley is a member of the IU Equestrian team through club sports, where she rides in advanced Walk/Trot/Canter and beginner fences. She has started training her gelding, Leo, to begin low-level eventing.
Haley is a junior at Indiana University studying elementary education. She believes that hands-on learning is the best way for people of all ages to effectively learn, and stresses that her students think creatively in order to become a better rider and to always be empathetic to the horse. She wants both rider and horse to be safe, comfortable, and eager to work together!
Gray had their interest in horses sparked by a horse care book in third grade. Soon after, they took their first english horse lesson and the rest is history. Having a background riding western growing up alongside over ten years of experience with english riding has given Gray a strong foundation in a vast range of riding situations. During middle school, Gray rode on their barn’s Interscholastic Equestrian Association team and was able to learn to ride all kinds of horses successfully.
During high school, Gray begin volunteering at a local therapeutic equine facility where they did everything from mucking stalls to helping in lessons. Working with all ages and ability levels continues to inspire them to meet every individual where they are and make sure they learn something new in each lesson. Gray is currently studying Animal Behavior and Psychology at Indiana University Bloomington.
Alex was five when when she took her first lesson and just three years later she was competing in shows. Her family moved across the US and the world so she was able to experience once in a lifetime memories and gain invaluable knowledge, like ride with Beezie Madden and train with the 2016 Korean Olympian. She has helped with her trainers in assisting them in training horses and instructing lessons. She herself trained her own two horses, an old ranch quarter horse and an off-the-track thoroughbred, in English. Her thoroughbred was her competition horse in Novice level eventing as well as multiple USHJA qualifying shows. They also partook in Pony Club. During her high school years she would go out to her friend's ranches and ride with them during their cattle drives, giving her the knowledge of western riding. Alex recently moved to Bloomington with her husband who works at Indiana University.