Robin is the barn manager and lead trainer at Talbot Run. She is a USEF Silver Medalist and a FEI competitor in dressage and has ridden to Preliminary level in eventing. She is a graduate H in Pony Club, with a BA in Biology from McDaniel College and training in equine science and management from the University of Maryland. Robin and her 10 year old daughter, Lilia, live at Talbot Run.
She has had the pleasure of working with many different kinds of horses and students. She loves off the track thoroughbreds and has had many great experiences bringing them home and starting them in their sport horse careers. Robin focuses her teaching on the ideals of Pony Club, making her lessons fun and safe and geared towards preparing horse and rider to connect as well as compete in multiple disciplines. She is the head instructor for our Pony Club riding Center and has been the camp director at Talbot Run for the past ten years. She coaches her own Show Team that she takes to local horse trials, dressage shows and hunter shows. She teaches all levels of lessons and focuses on both jumping and dressage. She has worked with Todd Bryan and Phoebe Devoe extensively over the past few years and has successfully earned her Bronze and Silver medals from USDF. Currently, she is competing on the FEI level Prix St. Georges in Dressage. She has also trained with Donna Ruth, Julio Mendoza, Steuart Pittman, Linda Speer, Beth Pickett, Rumsey Keefe, Kevin Bowie and done many clinics with Jimmy Wofford. She was also exposed to the Hunter/Jumper world in a big way when she groomed for Eamonn Hughes and his son Michael at the I Love New York Horse show in Lake Placid in 2009. While she still enjoys eventing, her real passion has turned to dressage, especially Musical Freestyles. She currently has two great young horses who have wonderful potential. She breeds Hungarian Warmbloods as well, so there are always cute babies running around the farm!
Over the years, Robin has bred, trained and showed her home bred Hungarian Warmbloods – helping to rebuild this endangered breed. Currently she she is working with her first homebred Strider, a four year old – Farrah (Bazinga), three year old Sierra Mist and her 2016 colt, Kion (Bangarang) – a Hungarian/Akel-Teke cross and most recently in 2020 – DazzleLink – a Hungarian/Hanoverian colt.. Her current competition horse is a talented Hanoverian named Brisk – they are currently competing fourth level and Prix St. Georges. Brisk and Robin have earned their bronze and silver medals from the United States Dressage Federation. Brisk and Robin love choreographing musical freestyles and compete currently at third and fourth level. Her most recent is to the music from The Greatest Showman. Robin loves supporting John’s Hopkins by attending PVDA’s Ride for Life show every year.
Mary is an international event rider who has competed through the two star level. She has been competing 17 years and has taken multiple babies up through the levels. She has worked with many great riders such as Jan Bunny, Sharon White, Jimmy Wofford, Vanessa Swartz, Frank weber and Susan Graham White. She has spent extensive training and working time with Olympian Stephen Bradley. Mary has been teaching horseback riding for 20 years – including years of teaching summer camp and children. She works students from beginners to Preliminary level event riders. Mary has been approved to move forward with her ICP Certification Level 2 in Eventing. Mary has worked at both Laurel and Bowie race tracks as well as galloped race horses at private farms, and has worked with babies – breaking them for many disciplines. She loves riding and training and the smiles she sees on her students’ faces.
Michelle started riding at the age of 9 at Talbot Run and has grown into an accomplished horsewoman, instructor and rider. Currently, she teaches some of our Pony Club lessons and has been a summer camp instructor for the last 6 years. She enjoys teaching beginners through learning to jump and is an excellent role model for our younger Pony Club riders. She also helps out around the barn whenever we need her. She started Eventing at age 12 and has been competing for over 11 years. She competed at USPC Championships for 5 years – 2 as a member of the Capital Region Show Jumping Team on Pay Day. She recently competed at the 2018 USEA Collegiate Championships on Talbot Run’s Mercedes – riding double clear and finishing on her dressage score. She became a member of the US Pony Club in 2008 at Waredaca Riding center and now continues at Talbot Run. She is currently a C2 certification for riding and has completed her HB in Horse Management – a huge accomplishment. She has recently completed her BS in Animal Sciences and Equine Studies at the University of Maryland. Michelle is a part of our Talbot Run family and we are delighted that she continues to give back to her barn – helping to manage instructional programming and care for the lesson horses.
Catherine Bayly attended a free introductory riding lesson in Silver Spring in 1991, walking and trotting an ancient, ornery, fleabitten gray, Pepper. Immediately, she became hooked, starting lessons that week. She spent the next few years showing Hunter Jumpers, later turning her attention to dressage, cross country, western riding, and horsemanship more broadly. After years of begging, working, instructing summer camp lessons, competing, and taking lessons, Catherine got her horse, Missy (- 1999). Catherine (and her sister, Marie) turned Missy around, with consistent riding and a compassionate, quiet equestrian spirit she carries with her today. As an older teenager, Catherine began riding at the Petrasek’s first farm, exercising and competing on Zingara and Dixie. (You can still visit those old girls in Talbot Run’s upper fields!) Off at college, Catherine became captain of the Gettysburg College Equestrian Team, where she competed vigorously for several years. Now, after college and graduate school, Catherine is lucky enough to live near and ride with the Petraseks again. She enjoys teaching her students the joys of riding and horsemanship, and watching them light up at first rides, first canters, and first jumps. When she’s not instructing lessons or teaching college English at the University of Maryland, Catherine can often be found chasing her daughters, Eleanor and Josephine, around the barn and in the ring.
CC started taking lessons when she was 6. She showed horses in the hunter ring at local shows in Northern Virginia. CC attended Christopher Newport University in Hampton Roads, VA and quickly took over as president and captain of her IHSA team where she built the program and brought them from last to first place in a very competitive region. She continued to show in the IHSA circuit as an alumni for many years. While in grad school CC started teaching lessons at Melwood’s therapeutic riding center in Charles County, MD and became a certified riding instructor through the American Riding Instructor Association for Hunt Seat levels 1&2, Therapeutic Riding, and Recreational Riding. She also taught lessons at Amazing Grace Stables in Virginia Beach where she assisted with coaching her school’s IHSA competition team, managing the team of 40 riders, and helping manage their 8 school horses.
Liz has been an instructor with Talbot Run for several years. Her love of riding started young. She got her first pony when she was two and she has been riding ever since. She has been fox hunting since she was five. Currently that is still her favorite form of riding during the winter months. As a young teenager she did western speed classes, western equitation along with dressage. She was a working student for Red Hawk Eventing in her later teen years to early twenties. She learned to jump as a young rider and enjoys practicing her skills at hunter paces. She loves passing her knowledge on to the next generation.
Jemma came for an introductory ride at Talbot Run 7 years ago and hasn't stopped since. Jemma is an HB member of our Pony Club and a role model for all our younger students. She attends UMBC and is studying to be a chemical engineer. She joined our teaching staff 2 years ago and has taught a variety of levels. Jemma and her family have a small farm and have several horses at home - including her retired mare Brynn who was her first horse and Sunshine, mother of Rubix. Rubix is her young event horse prospect who was born at TREC and is returning for Jemma to train. She is hoping he will be a talented eventer. Currently Jemma full leases TREC's Mercedes. They event at the novice level at recognized events as well as jump 3'6" at area jumper shows. Jemma also competes in dressage on Robin's OTTB, Apollo. Jemma has competed at Pony Club Championships in Dressage and Eventing at Tryon International Equestrian Center and at the Kentucky Horse Park. Jemma is well known for her attention to horse care and horse management. She is always happy to help any rider who wants to learn more!
Michele has been training horses and riders for over 35 years. She started teaching riding lessons at age 15 and shortly after started coaching at local and rated hunter shows. As a young rider, she competed in both local and A Rated Hunter/Jumper Shows in Northern Baltimore County. She transitioned to dressage and eventing and has trained with some talented coaches such as Jim Wofford and Dave O’Connor. As her desire to learn more about correct and natural techniques in dressage, she attended several clinics and trained with Dominique Barbier. Michele has attended professional seminars for riding instructors and has judged several Hunt Seat Equitation Shows. She loves helping both children and adults achieve their goals. Her focus as an instructor is creating harmony between the rider and horse to create a positive experience for both.
Sabrina began riding at a very young age on her first beloved pony Prince. As a young rider she preferred eventing and grew up at Maple Spring Farm. Today she continues to pass on the joy of riding to her students, emphasizing a variety of skills that help them develop a strong base as they progress. Sabrina is the DC of Burntwoods Pony Club and weaves horsemanship and basic horse knowledge into her lessons at all levels. You might also see her students playing games, having fun, and hitting the trails. If you are looking for Sabrina on the weekends, check out local events where she coaches her daughter Kate and their super pony, Goose.
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