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.

Equestrian Coach

Gabby Schreffler

Math Teacher
B.S. St. Lawrence University
Cross Country Running Coach


Ms. Schreffler graduated from St. Lawrence University where she majored in Mathematics and received her teaching certificate. Before joining the Gould family in August of 2016, she taught at Cardigan Mountain School during their summer session. After college, she traded rowing oars for running shoes and fell in love with running. She can often be spotted in the early morning traversing the roads and trails around Gould. Her favorite race distance so far is the half marathon, but the Boston Marathon is a goal she hopes to achieve in the not-so-distant future. Ms. Schreffler also enjoys traveling, frequenting the Bethel Library, sharing funny math jokes, and spending time with her family’s four horses in Florida.