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.
Judy Voorhees - Received her B.A. form Connecticut College and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She is the proud parent of 5 young adults including a set of triplets. She also has dogs, horses, and competes at low level Eventing. She became a P.A.T.H. certified therapeutic riding instructor in 2013.
 

Leslie Leventer - A Potomac resident, wife, mother of two college-aged boys, horse owner, and a member of the PHC community since 1998.  Her passion for riding began age 13, and she started competing as an adult.  CHA Level One Instructor certified in 2004.  Currently pursuing a B.S. Degree in Equine Studies.  A Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist certified in 2010.  Member of Days End Farm Horse Rescue Emergency Response Team since 2011.  She's also a Member/Competitor of the National Capital Adult Equitation League and the Maryland Saddle Association.

 

Alexandra Jadovich - Originally from Simsbury, CT, Alex brings a wealth of experience to the PHC having ridden on the AA circuit in the hunter/jumpers. Most notably Alex rode and barn managed for Chado Farm owned by Olympians Frank and Mary Chapot before moving to Middleburg, VA.  While in Middleburg, riding and training for a private barn, she regularly rode with Joe Fargis and Sonya Crampton. Alex holds a B.A. in International Relations from Lynchburg College. While pursuing her degree she rode with JT Tallon, evented, foxhunted and worked for dressage gold medalist Sue Cooper of Impulsion Unlimited. When not at the barn, Alex can be found with her two dogs and fiancé.

 

 

Katie Bremen - Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Katie began riding at 8 years old and has grown up with a hands on learning mentality.  Simultaneously grooming for and managing hunter/jumper facilities in New York and Pennsylvania, Katie was able to experience and participate in multiple teaching techniques which has influenced her own teaching style.  While obtaining her Bachelors degree in Management from Lynchburg College, she was fortunate enough to train with JT Tallon and was a member and captain for the IHSA team.

 

 

David Shcherbelis - Born in New York City, David began riding at the Jamaica Bay Riding Academy in Brooklyn at the age of 5. In 2006 he moved to Maryland and has been working and riding at PHC since. He has a wealth of experience in both English and Western disciplines, and has competed on numerous local circuits including the Interschool Horse Show Series in high school and the Maryland Saddle Association. He has directed the PHC summer camp since 2011 and also has experience training horses and working with riders of all ages and skill levels. He graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a BA in Psychology in 2013.