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Riding and academic excellence for more than 100 years

Our exceptional equestrian program sets Walker’s apart from its private school peers.

Riding has been part of life at Walker’s since its founding in 1911.

Walker’s is one of only a small number of boarding schools that offers an equestrian sport on campus. Many of Walker’s most supportive alumnae have been riders at the School and a number continue to compete at the highest levels regionally and nationally. Our Equestrian Center is located on campus, so you are just steps away from the Frank O.H. Williams Barn and your equestrian activities. Our Riding program is staffed by accomplished horsewomen who have decades of competition and training experience. We’ll support and challenge you so you can succeed competitively and academically.

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Walker’s Equestrian Center is among the best of any school in the country and provides a strong foundation to maintain a best-in-class riding program. The Equestrian Center is on Walker’s 427-acre campus, providing ready access to the barn and horses, as well as winding trails and extensive turnouts.

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Madison Olvert ’21 Places Second in National Horse Show

Madison Olvert ’21 Places Second in The 2020 Hamel Foundation National Horse Show 3’3” Equitation Championship Madison “Maddie” Olvert ’21 had an impressive finish as Reserve Champion this past weekend…

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Riding Results

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Recent Show Results

IEA Horse Show Regionals


The Ethel Walker School USEF Show


.90m Champion: Quinn Bailey ’21
.90m Reserve Champion: Chaya Friedman ’25
.80m Champion: Chaya Friedman ’25
.80m Reserve Champion: Amy Xia ’21
Walk/Trot Equitation Champion: Nora Day ’27
Walk/Trot Equitation Reserve Champion: Mae McCall-Sorkin ’25
WTC Equitation Champion: Ruby Dawson ’25
WTC Equitation Reserve Champion: Shea Braceland ’24
Pre-Children’s Equitation Champion: Alara Murphy ’26
CHJA Junior Medal:
1st- Yujean Kim ’26
2nd- Emma Edelman ’26
3rd- Anngelina Morton ’25
EMO Insurance/USHJA Jumper Seat Medal:
1st- Quinn Van Cara ’23
2nd- Chloe Fares ’24
3rd- Anngelina Morton ’25
NEHC Junior Medal:
1st- Quinn Van Cara ’23
2nd- Eliza Watson ’22
3rd- Chloe Fares ’24
NHS Hamel Foundation Medal:
1st- Quinn Van Cara ’23
2nd- Anngelina Morton ’25
3rd- Chloe Fares ’24
THIS Children’s Medal:
1st- Anngelina Morton ’25
2nd- Chloe Fares ’24
3rd- Eliza Watson ’22
USHJA Hunter Seat Medal 3’3:
1st- Grace Sappington ’24
2nd- Quinn Van Cara ’23
3rd- Yujean Kim ’26

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IEA Horse Show


Upper School Team:
Quinn Bailey ’21 placed 2nd in Varsity Open O/F; Eva Mazzola ’21 placed 1st and 1st in Varsity Open Flat, and 1st and 2nd in Varsity Open O/F; Eliza Watson ’22 placed 1st and 2nd in Varsity Intermediate O/F and 1st and 3rd in Varsity Intermediate Flat; Quinn Van Cara ’23 placed 1st in Varsity Intermediate O/F and 6th in Varsity Intermediate Flat; Amy Xia ’21 placed 5th and 5th in Varsity Intermediate Flat and 4th and 3rd in Varsity Intermediate O/F; Jordan Hedges ’23 placed 3rd in JV Novice Flat; Holly Silva ’22 placed 2nd in JV Novice Flat; and Evelyn Dixon ’24 placed 4th, 4th JV Beginner Flat.
Middle School Team:
Yujean Kim ’26 placed 2nd in Future Intermediate O/F and 3rd in Future Intermediate Flat; Emma Edelman ’26 placed 2nd Future Novice O/F and 3rd in Future Novice Flat; Alara Murphy ’26 placed 2nd in Future Beginner Flat; and Annie Daugherty ’26 placed 4th in Future Beginner Flat.

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Capital Challenge Horse Show


Ava Strohmeyer ’21 was class winner in 16 Year Old Equitation Over Fences and finished 10th in the Gymnastics Phase of the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal Final; Maddie Olvert ’21 was class winner in 17 Year Old Equitation on the Flat and 5th in the 17 YO Equitation Over Fences; Janet Hedges ’21 placed 8th in the 16 YO Equitation and had a top 20 overall finish in the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal Final; Skyla White ’23 placed 6th in the 13/14 YO Equitation

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New England Equitation Championships


Chloe Fares ’24 placed 12th in the USHJA Hunt Seat Medal Final out of 154 competitors. She was also 4th in the Open Equitation 14 & Under, and finished in the top 30 out of 208 competitors in the New England Equitation Championship. Maddie Olvert ’21 placed 5th in Section B of the Open Equitation 15-17; Janet Hedges ’21 placed 4th in Section B of the Open Equitation 15-17; Ava Strohmeyer ’21 placed 9th in Section D of the Open Equitation 15-17. Also competing over the weekend were Quinn VanCara ’23, Sofia Baron ’21, Jordan Hedges ’23, Skyla White ’23, Grace Sappington ’24 and Quinn Bailey ’21.

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Junior Hunter Finals


Janet Hedges ’21 was Reserve Champion 3’3″ in Junior Hunter 16-17 with horse Casillas CH; and Eva Mazzola ’21 was 12th overall in Small Junior Hunter 16-17 with horse VDL White Chocolate.

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Fieldstone


Quinn VanCara ’23 was 2nd in the NHS Hamel Foundation Medal (qualifying her for the finals), and 4th in the 12-14 Flat; Chloe Fares ’24 was 3rd in the NHS Hamel Foundation Medal (qualifying her for the finals) and 4th in the 2’9″ Hunter Derby; Grace Sappington ’24 was 8th in the 12-14 Equitation Over Fences and 7th in the 12-14 Flat; Quinn Bailey ’21 was 4th in the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal and 3rd in the 1.00 Jumpers; Lily Ridley ’22 was Champion in the .85 Meter Jumpers; and Maddie Olvert ’21 was the winner of the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal and placed 2nd in the 15-17 Equitation Over Fences.

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Tryon


Skyla White ’23 was the class winner in the USEF Talent Search and the NHS Hamel Foundation Medal.

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Kentucky Summer Showcase


Several Walker’s equestrians had notable placings in week two of the Kentucky Summer Showcase. Individual results are as follows:

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Kentucky Summer Showcase


Several Walker’s equestrians had notable placings in week one of the Kentucky Summer Showcase. Individual results are as follows:

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Saratoga Horse Show Week Two


Walker’s equestrians had another great week showing at the Saratoga Horse Show! Read more for the most notable results from this past week.

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Saratoga Horse Show Week One


Walker’s equestrians took home several ribbons in the first week of the Saratoga Horse Shows.

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Winter Equestrian Festival Highlights


Several Walker’s equestrians traveled to Florida earlier this year to compete in the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world.

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HITS Ocala


Eva Mazzola ’21 placed 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th in the Small Junior Hunters with VDL White Chocolate (Ocala Tournament); and 4th and 8th in the 16-17 Equitation with Come Monday and 3rd and 6th in the Small Junior Hunters with VDL White Chocolate (Ocala Winter Finals).

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IEA Regional Qualifiers


Both Upper School and Middle School teams have qualified for IEA Regionals, which will be hosted by Walker’s on February 23.

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Winter Equestrian Festival 5 and 6


Walker’s equestrians have had a successful couple of weeks at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. Ava Strohmeyer ’21 was Champion in the 15-17 Children’s Jumpers with Feeling, winning a class and finishing 5th in the Classic.

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Gulf Coast Classic Winter Series


Skyla White ’23 placed 2nd in the Dover Saddlery Hunt Seat Medal, USHJA Jumping Seat Medal and USHJA Hunt Seat Medal (Gulf Coast Sunshine Classic Horse Show); and 1st in the Dover Saddlery Hunt Seat Medal, 2nd in the NHS Hamel Foundation Medal, 1st in the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal, and 1st in the Non-Pro Hunter Derby (Gulf Coast Mid Winter Classic).

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Terry Allen Farms IEA Show


Both Upper and Middle School teams placed 1st.

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National Horse Show


Ava Strohmeyer ’21 placed 2nd in the 14-15 Equitation on the flat, and 11th overall in the Hamel Foundation NHS Medal Final out of 161 riders. Julia Luciani ’20 placed 7th in the 16-17 Equitation over fences.

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Shallowbrook Farm IEA Show


Walker’s Upper School team placed first and the Middle School team placed 3rd.

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New England Equitation Finals


Seven Walker’s riders competed at the New England Equitation Championship this year: Janet Hedges ’21, Quinn Bailey ’21, Chloe Fares ’24, Julia Luciani ’20, Grace Sappington ’24, Maddie Olvert ’21, and Ava Strohmeyer ’21. Maddie Olvert ’21 placed 8th in the 3′ Rider for NEEC Final and 9th in the Open Equitation 15-17 Over Fences. Ava Strohmeyer ’21 placed 5th in the Open Equitation Over Fences 15-17.

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A Walker’s Training Lasts a Lifetime

Our nationally-recognized trainers, Linda Langmeier, Jo Seaver ’99, and Randi Booth, have the expertise to coach riders at all levels and they work with students to attain any set of goals our students strive to achieve. They are lifelong horsewomen who share a passion for the sport and a love of teaching. Each has earned national titles for themselves or by working with students in hunter, jumper, and equitation, bringing starting riders up through the levels or advancing seasoned riders to regional and national levels. The trainers also teach our weekly Ground School where students learn how to become fully-versed in horsemanship.

The barn is staffed seven days a week and our barn manager lives on campus, ensuring the utmost care for all horses.

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Program Leadership

Linda Langmeier

Director of Riding and Head Trainer

Renowned trainer Linda Langmeier brings her world-class training to prepare team members for the national stage.

Jo Seaver

Senior Trainer

Award-winning trainer Joanna “Jo” Seaver '99 has trained hunters that have won ribbons at all major national competitions.

Randi Booth

Riding Instructor

Randi has been showing since she was a small child, and for the past 25 years has been a trainer of children and adults at all levels.

Kristen Blatt

Barn Manager

Kristen is a graduate of Centenary University where she competed on the IHSA team. Kristen has worked as a barn manager for over 8 years.

From Our Riders

I love the riding program. I dedicate most of my time to riding when not in class.

Janet H. ’21

Janet Hedges

Riding at Walker’s has taught me about perseverance and commitment.

Sarah Y. ’22

Terry Allen Farm IEA Fall 2019

While riding is an individual sport, we fully support each other.

Ava S. ’21

Ava Strohmeyer and Julia Luciani
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Horse Shows

Competitors participate in the Medal, Maclay, and USEF Finals, New England Equitation Finals, Winter Equestrian Festival, Devon Horse Show, Saratoga, and more prestigious horse shows throughout the country.

Horse Shows

Walker’s Equestrian Team travels to a variety of shows recognized by local, regional, national, and international equestrian associations.

Lessons

Walker’s equestrian program offers three lesson packages that cater to the individual needs of our students.

IEA

The Ethel Walker School participates in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA). Walker’s hosts two IEA horse shows per year and will compete in additional IEA horse shows within our region.

Equine Science

Equine Science, taught by licensed veterinarian Dr. Suzanne Piela, encompasses the anatomy and physiology of all the systems of the horse, nutrition, toxicology, parasitology, health management, neonatology, epidemiology, and sports medicine.

Summer Riding Experience

The Ethel Walker School’s Summer Riding Experience is an extension of the School’s renowned equestrian program. Since the early 90s, Summer Riding Experience has helped girls develop into complete horsewomen while having fun! The camp consists of daily riding sessions complemented with activities that include horse care, working with farriers and veterinarians, equine science, and general equestrian knowledge.

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Meet the Staff

Linda Langmeier

Linda Langmeier

Director of Riding/Head Trainer

Linda is an accomplished horsewoman who has been riding since she was five years old. As a Junior rider she won the ASPCA Maclay Equitation Finals in 1983 and was the winner of the 1988 Sugarbush Grand Prix and the 2013 Fidelity Grand Prix. Linda trained Emma Fletcher who won the 2019 Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final Champion.

She has earned numerous championships in the Hunter and Jumper divisions at such shows as The Winter Equestrian Festival, Devon, Lake Placid, Vermont Summer Festival, The American Gold Cup, PA National Horse Show, Washington International Horse Show and The National Horse Show.

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Jo Seaver

Joanna Seaver

Senior Trainer

Joanna Seaver

B.S., University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Joanna “Jo” is a 1999 graduate of Walker’s. She worked for several years at Kelianda Farm for Linda and Kenny Langmeier as an assistant trainer. In this role, she assisted with coaching students including McKayla Langmeier and Jordyn Rose Freedman through to the national level including the ASPCA Maclay Finals, Dover Saddlery/USEF Medal Finals, WIHS Equitation Finals and the USET Talent Search Finals.

Randi Booth

Randi Booth

Assistant Director of Riding/Riding Instructor

Randi Booth

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B.S., West Chester University

Randi grew up on a large horse farm and was raised by horse professionals. She has been showing since she was a small child, and for the past 25 years she has been a manager and trainer of children and adults at all levels in the hunter, jumper, equitation and eventing disciplines. She has worked and ridden for nationally known judge and trainer, Carol Malony, for hunter rider/trainer Maryann Steiert Charles, and for Olympic 3 Day Event Gold Medalist, J. Michael Plumb.

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Kristen Blatt

Kristen Blatt

Barn Manager

Kristen Blatt

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B.S., Centenary University

Kristen is a 2011 graduate of Centenary University where she earned a B.S. in Equine Studies with a concentration in Equine Business Management. While at Centenary, she competed on the IHSA team. During her tenure at Centenary, the team won two National championships. Upon graduating from Centenary, Kristen worked as barn manager at Coole Park Farm in Millbrook, NY, where she had been for 8 years.

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Anne Dzialo

Groom Staff

Elizabeth Hall

Groom Staff

Melissa Jarvis

Groom Staff

Melissa Jarvis

Courtney O'Connor

Assistant Trainer

Courtney O'Connor

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B.S., University of Findlay (Marketing)
B.S., University of Findlay (English Equestrian Studies - Hunter/Jumper Emphasis)
M.B.A., University of Findlay

Courtney joined Walker’s upon completing her graduate degree from The University of Findlay while working with their Hunt Seat IHSA Team. She has worked in many facets of the equestrian industry and will bring this expertise to the assistant trainer position here at Walker’s. Along with working with The University of Findlay’s nationally-ranked IHSA Team, Courtney has been involved in IEA since high school and also has experience at the A and AA level. She has worked for US Animo where she traveled extensively to the biggest show venues in the country, working closely with top riders and trainers. Helping young people gain confidence and excel in the sport is a huge motivator for Courtney and with the value she places on education she will excel here at Walker’s.

Michelle Sawyer P’13

Groom Staff

Erin Shea

Administrative Manager

Erin comes to Walker’s with an extensive background in management, finance and banking. Her interpersonal skills have made her successful in many facets of her career. In her role as administrative manager, Erin assists the riding program with communicating with families about important riding program information and activities, as well as supporting horse show administration, onsite events and billing. Erin is excited to be working with the Riding faculty and staff in organizing and implementing new ideas to enhance the success of the Equestrian Program in the area of administration.

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