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

Name                       Year
Zhe Ban                   2017
Katherine Dade     2019
Yu Dong                  2019
Jiaang Li                 2020
Irene Ortiz Torres 2019
Shangyi Shen         2020
Jayda Tamalunas  2020
Zejian Wu                2018
Mingxu Zhu            2019


Saturday 10/8/16 AWAY 8:00AM
at Sunset Farms (Dressage Show)

Sunday 10/30/16 AWAY 8:00AM
at Hidden Brook Farm (Fall Fun Show)

Equestrian Coaches

Kristen Drew

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


Ms. Drew and her family moved to Bethel from upstate New York in 2002. After undergraduate work in biology, she earned a M.S. in Teaching Secondary Science. Ms. Drew teaches Biology and Conceptual Physics to 9th and 11th grade students. She brings to campus a love of skiing, hiking, canoeing and camping with her family: her husband, Ian, and their three children: John ’13, Kim ’17 and Lily.