Our equestrian team is a unique program for both beginning and advanced riders.

Two seasons, fall and spring, offer opportunities for riders to learn the time-honored art of Dressage while making meaningful connections with great horses and a passionate instructor.

Students ride five days a week thanks to Gould Academy’s partnership with Deepwood Farm and instructor Dianne Ward.

In both seasons, participants improve their riding skills while learning about grooming, equipment, saddling, stable safety, and how to care for and feed the horses. Student riders also experience frequent trail rides to practice the skills learned in the ring, in a beautiful natural setting.

Student-rider skills are put to the test during two shows each term, competing against riders of a variety of ages, experience, and abilities. Our student riders generally experience strong results at the shows and tremendous growth throughout the season.

Team Roster
First Name Last Name YOG Hometown
Luke Baden 2021 Berkeley Lake, GA
Tracy Cui 2020 Beijing, China
Chase Fu 2020 Hangzhou, China
Eric Li 2020 Beijing, China
Jackie Li 2021 Beijing, China
Maria Li 2021 Anyang, China
Jayda Tamalunas 2020 Dhahrua, Saudi Arabia
Bella Weng 2021 Dalian, China
Caroline Wu 2018 Hangzhou, China
Kevin Xu 2020 Hangzhou, China
Harry Zhu 2019 Shanghai, China

Equestrian Coaches

Kristen Drew

Science Teacher
B.S. St. Lawrence University
M.A.T. SUNY College, Cortland
Prep Alpine Coach
Equestrian Program Director


Ms. Drew and her family moved to Bethel from upstate New York in 2002. After earning her B.S. in Biology at St. Lawrence University, she attended SUNY College at Cortland and earned a M.A.T. Secondary Science. Ms. Drew teaches Biology and AP Biology to 11th and 12th grade students. Growing up in the Adirondacks, she developed a love of the outdoors and particularly enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, and canoeing. She lives in Bethel with her husband, Ian, deputy refuge manager at Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge. They have three children, John ’13, Kim ’17, and Lily ’20.