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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.

Victoria Thompson

Torey fell in love with horses at an early age (5) and was fortunate to have her own pony, a Shetland named Butterscotch. She became an active member of the Somerset Hills Pony Club and later Amwell Valley. She studied animal science at Rutgers, and at Delaware Valley was in their Equine Studies Program graduating with her BHS II. Torey is an excellent instructor, she is encouraging and enthusiastic, building confidence and competence with both adult and younger students. Torey also uses these skills with the horses, and is our main trainer.