The Ethel Walker School riding program is poised to step into a new era.
Renowned trainers Linda Langmeier and alumna Joanna "Jo" Seaver '99 have been appointed to lead Walker's preeminent Equestrian Program, bringing their world-class training to prepare team members for the national stage and to welcome even the newest riders to the program. The duo has most recently been working closely together at Kelianda Farm, where they have led students of all levels, some of whom earned titles at the highest regional and national levels under their guidance. Ms. Langmeier, who will serve as Director and Head Trainer, and Ms. Seaver, who will join as Senior Trainer, look forward to working with students at all levels, from beginners to advanced riders, to reach their personal best.
Linda Langmeier 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. 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. Linda is a member of the New England Equitation Committee and the Hampton Classic Advisory Committee.
At Kelianda Farm, she assisted with coaching students through to the national level, including the ASPCA Maclay Finals, Dover Saddlery/USEF Medal Finals, WIHS Equitation Finals and the USET Talent Search Finals, where many placed with division ribbons.
Jo Seaver has qualified and competed in several top hunter prix and derbies. In 2017, she was second at the New England Hunter Jumper Association Hunter Derby Finals and had wins at Old Salem Farm, Vermont Summer Festival, Fairfield County Hunt Club and HITS Saugerties. Previously, Seaver held a similar role at Walker's where, in addition to teaching and riding, she assisted in running the local USEF show, the IEA show, and Walker's Summer Riding Experience program.
Linda and Jo join Walker's effective January 10 on a part time schedule through March 3 and will begin full time on April 1.