Our Staff

 Heather Achen

General Advisor/Lead Instructor

Heather is a USEF ‘r’ Judge and has been in the industry for over 30 years. She has a degree in Equine Science, has 17 years of independent business ownership, and has had many successful riders who have shown Hunter/Jumpers up and down the East Coast. Heather teaches all levels. With a solid background of dressage training, Heather considers the base of ground work for over fences a must. She has attended clinics/lessons with greats like Barbara Strawson, Micheal Plumb, Chris Kappler and Anne Kurizinkski, George Morris, Joe Fargis and Frank Chappot so she has a true understanding of the mechanics of riding needed in a competitive atmosphere. “Winning isn’t Everything” in her eyes. “One must go through the tracks of basic horsemanship and execution before moving on to the next level”. This theory has led to great unity between horse and rider and produces quality horses and Horseman. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Heather moved to Maryland 20 years ago and has evolved into more than just a trainer, but a horsewoman as well, whose goal is to bring everyone up beside her to become their very best.

Casey Leffue

Teddi Bewernitz is our resident instructor for introduction to riding focusing on basic skills. She grew up in Michigan assisting on her family’s Morgan horse breeding farm and showing 4H for 13 years as well as competitive at the national level in Morgan horse western riding. Additional qualifications include 3 years of YMCA horse program manager and senior riding instructor in saddle seat riding at Showcase Stables in Michigan. She was also on the Michigan State University judging team, took several horse management classes, and has a masters degree in education. Teddi focuses her lessons on balance and muscle control as well as horse behavior and communication between rider and horse. She also offers more advanced western equitation instruction, has expert knowledge in showmanship, and saddle seat equitation. Basic skills will translate to any style of riding.

 Mary Roby

Mary Roby specializes in off track thoroughbreds. She has close to 20 years of equine experience having competed in equitation, hunters and western pleasure since she was a young girl. She transitioned over to dressage and eventing back in 2014; now she is a novice event rider and first level dressage rider. She aspires to continue to go up the levels in both eventing and dressage, including gaining her bronze medal in dressage and compete in a long format events in 2021. She is excited to join the RRP team! Check her blogs out here!

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Hewitt has over 20 years of riding experience starting at at the age of 7. She focused mostly on hunters until she took a break from competing to receive her Bachelors in Animal Science from North Carolina State University. Since graduating, she ventured into world of polocrosse, as well as competing in three day eventing. Amanda then returned to the hunter ring and competed 2’3” in the hunters, 2’ eventing, and 2’9” in the jumper ring. After becoming a part of the CoExist family, Amanda started teaching lessons for all levels of students as well training the stable horses. She is extremely excited to be part of the RRP Team!

 Alexa Hellenthal

Trainer Bio Coming Soon!

 Teddi Bewernitz

Teddi Bewernitz is our resident instructor for introduction to riding focusing on basic skills. She grew up in Michigan assisting on her family’s Morgan horse breeding farm and showing 4H for 13 years as well as competitive at the national level in Morgan horse western riding. Additional qualifications include 3 years of YMCA horse program manager and senior riding instructor in saddle seat riding at Showcase Stables in Michigan. She was also on the Michigan State University judging team, took several horse management classes, and has a masters degree in education. Teddi focuses her lessons on balance and muscle control as well as horse behavior and communication between rider and horse. She also offers more advanced western equitation instruction, has expert knowledge in showmanship, and saddle seat equitation. Basic skills will translate to any style of riding.

 Mary Roby

Mary Roby specializes in off track thoroughbreds. She has close to 20 years of equine experience having competed in equitation, hunters and western pleasure since she was a young girl. She transitioned over to dressage and eventing back in 2014; now she is a novice event rider and first level dressage rider. She aspires to continue to go up the levels in both eventing and dressage, including gaining her bronze medal in dressage and compete in a long format events in 2021. She is excited to join the RRP team! Check her blogs out here!

 

 

 

 

 

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Casey is our barn and show team manager. Raised in Roanoke, VA, she started riding in the hunter/jumper discipline at 8 years old. She quickly fell in love with the jumper ring, and was soon introduced to hunter paces and fox hunting. While studying at Virginia Tech she took up eventing, and gained a whole new level of respect for dressage. At the same time, her sister introduced her to the world of retraining OTTBs. Since then, she has been passionate about developing and bringing along young or green horses.  Her teaching methods focus on horsemanship and the biomechanics of both horse and rider to create a seamless partnership.

Amanda Hewitt

Amanda Hewitt has over 20 years of riding experience starting at at the age of 7. She focused mostly on hunters until she took a break from competing to receive her Bachelors in Animal Science from North Carolina State University. Since graduating, she ventured into world of polocrosse, as well as competing in three day eventing. Amanda then returned to the hunter ring and competed 2’3” in the hunters, 2’ eventing, and 2’9” in the jumper ring. After becoming a part of the CoExist family, Amanda started teaching lessons for all levels of students as well training the stable horses. She is extremely excited to be part of the RRP Team!

 Alexa Hellenthal

Trainer Bio Coming Soon!

 Teddi Bewernitz

Teddi Bewernitz is our resident instructor for introduction to riding focusing on basic skills. She grew up in Michigan assisting on her family’s Morgan horse breeding farm and showing 4H for 13 years as well as competitive at the national level in Morgan horse western riding. Additional qualifications include 3 years of YMCA horse program manager and senior riding instructor in saddle seat riding at Showcase Stables in Michigan. She was also on the Michigan State University judging team, took several horse management classes, and has a masters degree in education. Teddi focuses her lessons on balance and muscle control as well as horse behavior and communication between rider and horse. She also offers more advanced western equitation instruction, has expert knowledge in showmanship, and saddle seat equitation. Basic skills will translate to any style of riding.

 Mary Roby

Mary Roby specializes in off track thoroughbreds. She has close to 20 years of equine experience having competed in equitation, hunters and western pleasure since she was a young girl. She transitioned over to dressage and eventing back in 2014; now she is a novice event rider and first level dressage rider. She aspires to continue to go up the levels in both eventing and dressage, including gaining her bronze medal in dressage and compete in a long format events in 2021. She is excited to join the RRP team! Check her blogs out here!

 

 

 

 

 

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