Riding Instruction: Beginners through advanced
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Riding Instruction

At Toy Box Farm, we welcome all levels of riders, from beginners who simply want to enjoy the pleasure of riding to competitors wishing to improve their dressage, stadium or cross-country jumping. We also welcome “returning riders”, those who loved riding but stopped, and now find they have the time and finances to return to the sport as older adults. Also, many of our professional business women and equally busy homemaker-mom riders find that just being able to spend some free time at the Farm fussing over their horse is an excellent way to regain their sanity after a frantic day full of unending demands by others. We encourage just hanging out with your horse.

  • Lessons are available by appointment seven days a week and during the evening weekdays, year round
  • Ensuring maximum attention to each student’s unique needs, most of our flat lessons are private. We do have small group jump schools
  • We provide lessons either on your own horse or on ours
  • Lessons may also include supervised rides on the Amwell Valley Trail Network, if appropriate for the student’s development

Carol Blackman Shultis

Carol is Toy Box Farm’s founder and owner. After moving from Bermuda to America in 1981, Carol switched her focus from show jumping to Three-Day Eventing, eventually competing in several international events including representing Bermuda in the 1987 Pan American Games, the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 1991 Pan American Championships (winning a team Silver). Carol focuses on solid foundations of effective riding and the training of both horse and rider.

Leighanne Sadley

Leighanne first came to Toy Box Farm as Carol’s student over 25 years ago. As a Junior rider she was both the United States Eventing Association’s Area II Junior Novice Champion and Junior Training Champion for three consecutive years. Leighanne still works closely with Carol and has started to compete once again.

Janice Lang

Janice started riding at the age of 5. After moving to Hopewell she starting training and showing in the hunters & jumper divisions. She began teaching children while running the riding program at Rambling Pines, and returned each summer to share her love and knowledge of horses with the summer camp participants. Janice competed on the equestrian teams at both Goucher College and Rider University, eventually switching disciplines to Saddleseat and wining many competitions under the instruction of Anne Butler. In January 2010, after taking a year off from horses, Janice began working for Carol Blackman Shultis at Toy Box Farm. She created and now directs the junior riders lesson program, and runs an educational fun-filled summer camp for young riders of all levels. Janice enjoys teaching children and developing their passion, knowledge and riding abilities as well as working with adults taking up riding or needing to build their confidence.