Beth Libby - Director of Riding

For over 40 years, Beth has been teaching riders and training horses while competing, coaching, volunteering and organizing in various equestrian sports. She began showing at age 6, and after outgrowing several hunter ponies, she discovered the joys and challenges in the sport of eventing on a thoroughbred. As a junior rider and upper level pony clubber, she began teaching younger riders and competing successfully in recognized USEA events. While attending Ithaca College where she earned a degree in English, she found summer jobs in the thoroughbred racing industry, working as an exercise rider and groom at Philadelphia Park, Delaware Park, Suffolk Downs and Santa Anita. Her racetrack experiences, galloping green and extremely athletic young horses, have served her well over the years. As an adult, Beth has been an active eventer, training and competing both her own and others’ horses. In 2002, she purchased Slew Micci, a 4 year old OTTB, and campaigned him to winning at the Preliminary level. Her latest OTTB project, Irish Silk, was also purchased off the track as a four year old. Beth and “Silky" were graduates of the Retired Racehorse Project's 2015 Thoroughbred Makeover, which took place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. They qualified and competed at the 2017 USEA Area 1 Open Novice Championships, finishing fourth.

As much as Beth enjoys training and riding, she has also gained great satisfaction seeing both her young and adult students and their horses progress and succeed. She has been actively involved with the Granby Pony Club over the past 15 years as an instructor, coach, parent and horsemaster, and recently became a Vice Regional Supervisor for the New York/Upper Connecticut Region of the USPC. She is currently a licensed instructor in Massachusetts and is enrolled in the USEA’s Instructor's Certification Program. Beth firmly believes that becoming an accomplished rider demands patience, dedication and practice, but in addition to riding, the keys to good horsemanship require in-depth knowledge and commitment to correct stable management, nutrition, healthcare, physical fitness and safety.