Terri Young trains horses and teaches riders of all levels. She specializes in bridging the gap between the local Virginia show circuit and US Equestrian Federation-rated shows. Terri is a United States Equestrian (USEF) “R” judge and a United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Certified Trainer.
As a junior, Terri trained with hunter/jumper legends Ann Kursinski and Frank Madden, competing in the prestigious Medal and Maclay equitation classes. Upon completing her junior years, Terri rode with two-time Olympic dressage rider, Lendon Gray, and worked for Richard Bayha in Germany (member of the German National Show Jumping Squad), managing a 40-horse training and sales operation and competing on horses at all levels of experience.
Terri has always believed that a strong business background is a major component of operating a large-scale training, lesson and boarding stable. To that end, Terri also spent several years in the corporate world, where she honed her financial, analytical and presentation skills.
Terri is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Business Management. During her time there, Terri was captain of the equestrian team and competed and placed in the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Championships.
Terri’s love of horses, combined with her strong business background, spurred her desire to purchase and develop one of the top equestrian centers in Northern Virginia.
In the spirit of giving back to the sport, Terri serves on the Board of Directors for the USHJA and is Chair of the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Committee. She is also a member of the USHJA Safety Ad Hoc Committee. Closer to home, she coordinates prizes for the Sandy Gerald USHJA Zone 3 Equitation Championship. In 2017 and 2019, Terri received the President’s Distinguished Service Award for her volunteer work with the USHJA.
Terri and her husband, Don, live on the farm with their two children, Veronica and Finn.
TERRI YOUNG IN THE PRESS
Terri’s Week with Frank Madden
Terri was the last winner of “Win a Week with Frank Madden,” sponsored by Bates Saddles and Practical Horseman Magazine.
Practical Horseman Blog
- At the Winter Equestrian Festival, Wellington, Florida (February/March 2009)PreviewPart 1, Day 1Part 1, Day 2Part 1, Day 3Part 1, Day 4
- At the Northeast Regional ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Championship, Old Salem, NY (September 2009)
Part 2, Day 1 Part 2, Day 2 Part 2, Day 3
On Course Checklist: A “How To” article that was published in the Practical Horseman Magazine
A graduate of Averett University, Colleen has a degree in Equine Business Management. She served as captain of the IHSA team, and won tri-colors for Averett in both jumping and flat equitation classes at last year’s regional championships. While at school, she gained valuable experience teaching and earned American Riding Instructor Certifications in Hunt Seat Jumping (Level II) and Dressage (Level I). Colleen has over 17 years of riding experience and has worked with Olympic riders Ann Kursinski and Will Coleman, giving her a strong background in horsemanship.
Jen grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania riding with Nancy Kohler and Lew Trumble showing mostly in Ohio and New York. She participated in 4-H and Pony Club before really getting the Hunter bug.
Interested in learning all she could about riding and its varied disciplines, Jen has not only competed extensively in the Hunter/Jumper world, she has competed in Training Level Eventing, as well as Dressage, Western, Saddleseat, Paint Horse (APHA) and Arabian circuits.
Jen has a degree in Secondary Education from Penn State. During college, she rode on Penn State’s IHSA team and competed at The Tournament of Champions and qualified for Regionals and Zones. After graduating, she taught high school in North Carolina before returning to horses full time as a professional.
Jen’s early professional career involved working for JWY and Glennie Martin at Worthington Farms, fox hunting with Green Spring Hunt, reschooling race horses, and working with young horses to go to the show ring or hunt field. She also assisted with their Thoroughbred breeding operation.
Both as a junior and an adult rider, Jen has trained with Jim Wofford, Bert and Ronnie Mutch, Louise Serio and Cynthia Hankins.
Jen loves teaching. She has run large-sale lesson programs, in addition to her present, boutique-style training program in Dickerson, Maryland. She has coached many riders at both local and USEF-rated shows. Many of her students have qualified for Zone 3 finals, regional and state Equitation finals, and Washington International.
Jen loves developing young hunters and currently has an American-bred Oldenburg gelding by Cunningham that she competes in the Baby Green Hunters.
Jen lives with her husband in Frederick, Maryland with her yellow lab, Linden.