Instructors

The Potomac Horse Center employs numerous Instructors in all disciplines and levels.

From Mini-mites to Seniors we have an Instructor for you!

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Caitlin Michinski - From Southern Maryland, she's ARIA certified level 1 Hunt Seat Equitation and Stable Management.  With a double Major from University of Findlay in Equine Studies and Equine Business.  She started riding at the age of 12, a horse owner and competitor in Equitation & Jumpers since age 14.  She's groomed for an AA Hunter trainer, and has 9 years experience teaching beginners through advanced riders. 
Nancy Heller - A retired special educator, Nancy is Director/Lead Instructor of PHC's Therapeutic Riding Program.  She's a P.A.T.H. Certified Therapeutic Instructor since 2003 as well as a beginning flat teacher (walk, trot, canter).  Prior to joining the PHC staff in 2004, she previously taught Balance Seat at a large lesson barn in New York, was an exercise rider on the Bedford Bridle Path, a trail guide for a dude ranch and a western pleasure riding instructor.
 

Grace Newman - Grace Newman stems from the Annapolis area of Maryland.  She started her riding career at age 5 and has been training in the discipline of hunters and jumpers from day one. An avid competitor;  her accomplishments include many successes in the NCEL (National Capitol Equitation League) and great successes at  local and nationally rated horses shows. As a junior, Grace has qualified for regional equitation finals. As an adult amateur, she has qualified for USEF zone 3 finals, as well as, receiving the USEF/USHJA Silver Stirrup Cup reserve champion year end award, partnered with her trusted horse, Stoic Win. Grace has since gone onto study Agricultural Business at the University of Maryland in College Park with an Equine concentration and looks forward to a long and successful career with horses.

 

Mary Wine - Originally from York, PA, Mary rode with Anne Wagner and Lisa Hartlaub. Mary then moved to Princeton, NJ where she worked for Andrew Philbrick as a rider, groom and instructor. She was further trained by Head Instructor & Grand Prix rider, Sarah Wayda. Mary is dedicated to bringing out the best in every rider. When not at the barn, Mary can be found with her two dogs, fishing or taking riding lessons.