Anita Bartgis '80 stepped into the equestrian club head coaching role in the fall of 2011. She served as a volunteer assistant coach for more than five years.
She assists with instruction, attends team meetings, handles recruiting and helps organize team trips to competitions. Bartgis began riding in the Hood program during her undergraduate years.
After a 20-year hiatus to raise a family, Bartgis returned to NFSE where she began lessons with Kay Russell and Karen Fenwick. In the past nine years, Bartgis has helped school horses, competed successfully in horse shows and ridden in clinics with Paul Cronin, Patte Zumbrun and Leslie Brill.
In June 2010, Bartgis earned an ANRC Level No. 1 Rider’s Rating.
In 1973, Karen Fenwick began teaching riding to both children and adults at North Fork School of Equitation (NFSE) then located in Purcellville, Va. While in Virginia, Fenwick hunted regularly and earned her colors with both Loudoun and Short Hill Hunts. She also competed in the Old Dominion 100 Mile Trail Ride, at local hunter shows and in pairs racing. In 1977, Fenwick became the Director of Campus Riding at Hood College and remained so until the stables were closed in 1985. At that time, NFSE moved to Jefferson, Md., and so did the riding program until Hood College discontinued the sport in 1993.
In 2005, the Hood College Equestrian Team returned to North Fork School of Equitation and Fenwick became co-coach and instructor. In 2008, the American National Riding Commission (ANRC) elected Fenwick as an advisory member to the board. Fenwick was presented with the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) ANRC Affiliate Riding Instructor’s Award in 2009.
In the spring of 2010, Fenwick completed her USHJA Category Level I Trainer Certification.
Lisa Mitchell is a full-time professional librarian and a part-time riding instructor. She has taught riding at private barns, to individuals at their own farms, and at summer camps. Mitchell has served as the co-coach of the Hood College Equestrian Team since 2005. Mitchell holds an Allied Field in Horsemanship from Alderson-Broaddus College and Centered Riding Level I Certification.
In January 2011, Mitchell received her USHJA Category Level I Trainer Certification. She continues to pursue educational opportunities related to horse care, hunter seat riding and instruction.
On April 26, 2012, at the ANRC national competition, Mitchell was the winner of the ANRC's Professional Service Award. As an affiliate of the U.S. Hunter/Jumper Association, the ANRC Board recognizes annually an outstanding individual who has contributed significantly to the ANRC organization and has personified the Forward Riding System in his/her professional area, whether it involves teaching, riding, training, judging or technical support. A designated committee, consisting of at least three ANRC board members, determines the recipient of the award based on feedback from ANRC members and the equestrian community at large.