Community Equestrian Program
The George School Community Equestrian Program offers community lessons year round and a summer day camp, both open to the public. Our qualified instructors teach skills in balanced hunt seat, jumping, and equitation to the members of the community at large as well as to George School students.
Located on George School’s south campus, facilities include two 100’ by 200’ outdoor all-surface riding arenas and a barn with twenty-one box stalls and a heated tack room.
Learn more about the equestrian program for current George School students.
Community Lesson Program
George School teaches a basic balanced seat, which combines elements of dressage, hunt seat, and jumping. This creates a functional riding ability, which provides a base to build on with further education in any discipline. Balanced seat teaches the rider body awareness and relaxation so the rider and the horse become a team.
George School has horses for various levels, from the beginner to the advanced equestrian. All of our horses have positive dispositions and provide challenges befitting each level. We offer lessons to students from ages eight to seventy.
Private (1 hour): $60
Private (1/2 hour): $40
Group (1 hour) $40
Payment is due at time of lesson. Personal checks are the preferred form of payment. Cash is also accepted.
The lesson must be canceled or rescheduled twenty-four hours in advance. Failure to notify the barn will result in full charge for the missed lesson.
Policies and Guidelines for Good and Safe Horsemanship
- No one, except barn employees, are permitted in the barn unless the management staff is present.
- Be considerate of people and animals.
- Clean up after yourself and others by putting tools and equipment back in their proper storage areas.
- No running or yelling in the barn or around horses.
- Ask barn management staff before feeding horses.
- When the board is across the barn door, DO NOT ENTER.
- After riding, groom your horse so it is clean and free of sweat marks.
- When you are finished with your tack, clean it and treat it with conditioner.
- When your horse relieves itself in the barn area, clean it up as soon as possible.
Meet Our Staff
Tiffany Taylor is the director of the George School Equestrian Center. Tiffany has a BS in equine studies from Centenary University with a concentration in teaching and training for both horse and rider. She knows the equestrian world from all sides, having traveled the horse show circuit and worked for high-level professional facilities. She enjoys watching her students learn, taking them to horse shows and teaching them the value of good horsemanship. Tiffany joined our staff in 2011. Tiffany is our head Varsity Coach and is responsible for bringing the IEA into the GS Equestrian curriculum. Since George School has joined the IEA in the 2014-2015 competition year, the team has qualified individuals and the team itself for post-season competition every year. In addition to the success in the IEA, Tiffany’s students also compete locally at USEF recognized shows and Marshall and Sterling Finals.
Courtney Smith is the barn manager at the Equestrian Center. Courtney’s love for horses began at the young age of eight, when she began riding. This blossomed into a career when she started coaching and helping with local Equestrian camps at the age of fifteen. Courtney earned an undergraduate degree in English from Temple University and a Master’s degree in Education from Holy Family University. Courtney joined our staff in 2007 as a part-time lesson instructor and a dorm parent. Since then she has gracefully moved into our barn manager position. In addition to this, Courtney currently teaches community lessons and is the head Developmental Equestrian Coach.
David Michelin is the assistant trainer at the Equestrian Center. David has a long history with our Equestrian program here at George School. He has ridden and competed with us since a young age. In addition to this, David has worked part-time in various roles in the barn and as a camp counselor. David has his BFA in Advertising with a concentration in copy writing from Temple University. While at Temple, David was the captain of the Temple University Intercollegiate Equestrian Team. As captain, David managed all team members, organized the horse show schedule, helped team members with their riding and led his team to many successes. David has also worked for several other equestrian professionals in the area and brings his knowledge of that work to GS. David joined our staff in 2019. David currently teaches community lessons, is the head community IEA coach and is the assistant coach for our George School Teams.
Tiffany Taylor, Director of Equestrian Center
1690 Newtown Langhorne Road
Newtown, PA 18940