Meet Lisa Caruolo!
Lisa (Johnson) Caruolo has been around horses most of her life. She began riding when she was just under four years old, taking lessons under the instruction of Emmy Prettyman, the Owner/Operator and Head Instructor at Clay Hill Stables. She found her love of competition at an early age and could be found at all the local hunter jumper events during the show season.
The Johnson family bought their family farm, Willowbend Farm, in Croom, MD, in 1984. Growing up on the farm, Lisa continued to ride and develop her skills under the instruction of her sister, and trainer, Laura Johnson. Hard work and strong family values as well as a deep passion for horses are at her core.
As an adult, Lisa continued to develop as a rider and a trainer. 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. From there, she began focusing on training young horses and developing her skills as a coach and instructor.
Lisa has ridden in various clinics with many different clinicians throughout the years, such 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 and she finds great joy watching her students enjoy riding and develop into the riders they wish to be.
Over 40 Years of Equestrian Experience!
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