Meet Lisa Caruolo
Willowbend Farm was founded by the Johnson Family and is where Lisa (Johnson) Caruolo grew up and still calls home. Lisa began formal riding lessons when she was just under four years old, taking lessons at Clay Hill Stables with Emmy Prettyman. Lisa had a competitive nature and could be found at the local hunter jumper shows with her favorite pony Crackers or her own Horse, BJ.
Growing up on a farm, riding, taking lessons, it wasn't until Lisa's mid 30's that she found her deep love for horses.
Lisa always wanted to have a family, be a wife and a mother. Lisa, along side her husband, Charlie, have raised 9 wonderful and accomplished young men.
While juggling her responsibilities as a wife and mother raising nine boys into wonderful young men, she still found herself very competitive. With a high drive for excellence, Lisa competed on the National Capital Adult Equitation League for many years. During that time, she consistently won High Point Rider or Reserve High Point Rider. Around 1998, Lisa began giving lessons, developing her skills as a coach and instructor.
With a strong drive for competition, Lisa has ridden under many clinicians throughout the years. Her favorite notable with as, George Morris and Joe Fargis. Lisa is currently working toward becoming a recognized R judge in the Hunter and Hunt Seat Equitation divisions through the US Hunter Jumper Association. She proudly holds a Level 4 English Certification with Jumping, and Level 3 Western Certificate from the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). She found her journey with the CHA to be truly amazing and instrumental in her professional growth.
Whether she is introducing a novice student to the world of horsemanship or working with an experienced rider to fine tune their technique, Lisa has an innate ability to communicate calmly and effectively to her students, regardless of their experience. She instills a sense of confidence which in turn helps them fulfill their dreams and achieve their personal goals. For Lisa, teaching is a passion. She not only explains how to ride correctly and effectively, she describes the Why - in length. Knowing why is vital and really helps riders understand the reasoning behind each action. Lisa is effective and she finds great joy watching her students develop into the horseman she knows they can be.
Over 48 Years of Horse Experience!
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