Ali Calkins – Trainer/Instructor

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Ali Calkins obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Equine Studies, specializing in training, from Delaware Valley College in 2005. In 2007 she obtained her Level 2 British Horse Society Certification for Riding and Stable Management. After college she pursued jobs in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, working under other professionals managing, training, and teaching. In 2008, Ali began working for FEI rider Christine Betz, as assistant trainer and barn manager, and two years later built her own business, Forward Strides, from her existing clientele. Ali continues to train with Christine on a monthly basis as well as with other professionals, and offers instruction and training in Frederick, Howard, and Carroll Counties.
Beginning in 2013, Ali began her venture with her Appendix/QH mare, Emma, whom Ali retrained herself, beginning with Eventing and then moving to recognized Dressage competitions to begin working towards scores for a USDF Bronze Medal. By the fall of 2014 Ali had accomplished all 6 scores needed, competed at the CBLM Championships, received a PVDA Second Level Rider Achievement Award for outstanding scores, and is now competing Fourth Level and working toward scores for her Silver Medal.Max Loch Moy
Ali specializes in breaking down horse and rider issues to identify the source of the problem, then works back up once the basics have been re-established. She is deliberate in her training methods and will not rush to meet a goal before the individual or horse is ready. She takes the time to understand the individual she is working with and tailors training sessions to meet their unique needs.


347_cassie2Cassy Crouse (Riding Instructor / Trainer)

Cassy Crouse has 25 years of riding experience, and 8 years of teaching experience in both Dressage and Hunter/Jumpers. She got her degree from the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA) and was a part of their Equestrian Team for 3 years.

Cassy has experience in competing in recognized shows both riding and showing in hand. She regularly rides in clinics with Bruno Greber and Erin Sweeney.

For more information contact Cassy at: Cell #: (240)674-0590 Email:

Other on-site trainers include:

Ralph Johnston –  301-788-5070
Abby Adelberg –  301-651-3976