570 Old Post Road
Esopus, New York
Horses for a Change at Frog Hollow Farm
570 Old Post Road
Esopus, NY 12561
Robbi is a certified PATH instructor and a graduate of SUNY Morrisville in Equine Science. She has been a horse owner for over 10 years. Originally from the Hunter Jumper world she has found her passion in dressage. Having volunteered at Frog Hollow and Horses for a Change for 2 years and at Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center, she is ready to teach professionally. After years at IBM Robbi drives a school bus and LOVES it. I don’t know anything that more powerfully expresses her talent and love for kids.
We welcome adult and child beginners as well as experienced riders who want to hone their skills. Although many of our students choose to compete, our emphasis is on creating a harmonious relationship between rider and horse and on teaching our riders to be all-around competent horse people.
A beginner (child or adult) would start on the lunge line where the instructor would be responsible for the control of the horse, and the student could focus on her body control. Until a rider is feeling secure at the walk and trot, we stay on the lunge. Then we work on steering, stopping and energizing the horse until the rider feels confident to ride in a group if they choose. Each time we move to a new activity like cantering or jumping, we return to the lunge so the rider can focus on one thing at a time.
Ad advanced rider might be working towards moving up in competition, or practicing advanced movements like half pass, canter pirouettes and tempi changes. At Horses for a Change the rider can work towards their specific goals with confidence. Whether riding your own horse or one of our educated school horses, we can give you a positive learning experience.
Nancy Rosen - Owner/Trainer
Nancy is the owner and founder of Horses for a Change and Frog Hollow Farm. She is a American Riding Instructor Association (A.R.I.A.) certified in combined training to Level II. She has been an event rider and has competed through Prix St. Georges in dressage, earning a USDF bronze and silver medal in that discipline. A certified Masters in Social Work, her extensive experience working with children with disabilities led her to establish "Horses for a Change" in 2001.