MANAGEMENT AND TRAINERS/INSTRUCTORS
SUSAN WAINWRIGHT - HEAD TRAINER AND INSTRUCTOR
The professional instruction offered at Foxwood Farms by Susan Wainwright and her employees, is the best in the area. Susan is a life time equestrian dedicated to pursuing excellence with horses and students.
Susan has successfully bred, trained and competed many horses in the Eventing world from Novice Horse Trials up through Advanced Three Day Events including the renowned Rolex KY, Fair Hill MD, Bromont Canada, Radnor PA and Essex NJ. She and her horse, Winston Himself, were long listed for the 1996 Olympic Three Day Event Team. She and her horse Hunter, won the American Eventing Championships in 2006. Susan and her horses have won multiple National Horse of the Year awards and many Area III Championships at all levels.
In the Dressage world she has bred, trained and competed many horses against some of the best in the country. She has competed and won through the Prix St. George level.
Susan has been fortunate enough to have been taught by some of the world's best teachers and coaches such as:
Jimmy Wofford, Bill Woods, Dorothy Maxfield, Jeremy Beale, Karen O'Connor, Torrance Watkins, Ulrich Schmitz, Peter Gray and Gunnar Ostergaard and Wolfgang Scherzer.
Susan's students and their horses win numerous awards at every level of equestrian competition and are consistent, confident competitors. She is also available for coaching at shows, teaching clinics and will assist clients through the horse purchasing process.
Susan served as Area Chairman for the United States Eventing Association (USEA) from 1984-1987 and was then elected to serve on the USEA Board of Governors from 1987-1990.
As a founding member of the Montgomery Area Dressage and Combined Training Association (MADCTA) Susan has served on the board numerous times. She has hosted many dressage shows, combined tests and clinics for MADCTA at Foxwood Farms.
ASHLEY GERRITSEN- BARN MANAGER & ASSISTANT TRAINER/INSTRUCTOR
Ashley is from Chicagoland and has been riding since the age of 11, when her parents (both allergic to horses) finally gave in. She started riding Saddleseat on American Saddlebreds but decided her heart was set on learning to jump. She has ridden a variety of disciplines since then, always wanting to ride any horse that was offered to her. She leased an AQHA Appendix Quarter Horse as a young teen, mucking stalls and helping teach camps to work off some of the lease fees. Later on, she was a working student for her hunter/jumper trainer and helped teach beginner lessons there as well. Ashley moved to Kentucky and competed in IHSA with the University of Kentucky her first year there, representing them up to zone championships that year and was reserve champion in her division.
On a whim in 2014, Ashley took a chance on an ex-racehorse whom she still owns, Bold Ben. She brought “Ben” up herself from being track-broke, teaching him to jump and competing in jumpers, mostly, until the last couple years when she started working with eventing trainers. Ben is a talented jumper and earned many great ribbons (and some prize money!) in jumper classes, including the Thoroughbred Incentive Program Championships. Dressage is still fairly new to Ben and Ashley and they have only done one USEA event together at Beginner Novice but they hope to move up to Novice this fall.
Ashley completed a Bachelor’s in Equine Science at the University of Kentucky, then worked for 18 months with the world renowned Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital before returning back the the University of Kentucky to work with researchers studying equine nutrition. These experiences gave her a very strong background in horse handling, feeding, and management. She really loves the process of teaching green horses and riders, having those "ah-ha” moments, and seeing the long-term forward progression. She has a lot of fun sharing her life passion with the riders at the Foxwood Farm!!