We strive to have the very best in lesson horses! Come meet out string!
Louisa Fedora founded Movado Farms in 1974 and her patience and attention to detail shows in everything we do here. Louisa’s instruction in equitation is second to none and the foundational horsemanship skills her students learn under her tutelage yield successful, long term proven results. A trainer of exceptional patience, Louisa takes tremendous pride in helping her students to achieve their goals.
Louisa is an active member of the Connecticut Horse Show Association; the Connecticut Hunter Jumper Association; the United States Equestrian Federation; New England Horse Council and the Professional Horseman’s Association. Both Louisa’s students and the horses from her breeding program have excelled in state, regional and national competition. Well respected amongst her peers, Louisa is a frequent participant in training clinics along the east coast.
Louisa was the recipient of several trainers awards and her students and horses have won the NEHC, CHJA, CHSA and USEF Year End Champion and Reserve Awards in ponies, children and adult divisions. Recently, Louisa began coaching the Yale University and Wesleyan University IHSA Teams and has had great success with them on a regional and national level. Most recent awards include a 2018 IHSA National Individual Championship.
In addition to her accomplishments in the horse show ring, Louisa was the head costumer at Long Wharf Theatre, loves showing her dogs in confirmation shows, and making jewelry with the lamp worked beads she creates.
Tricia Carlton has enjoyed a life long career in the equestrian world. She holds a B.S. in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University and her love of the teaching and the learning process permeates all that she does. Tricia has been a co-owner/trainer at Movado since 1980 and her approach to lessons and training centers around positive reinforcement and creating a great relationship between horse and rider.
One of Tricia’s many strengths is bringing young riders and horses along to make them competitive on the local, and national scene as a result of her ability to match horse and rider to create a cohesive team. To that end, Tricia has schooled, trained and ridden horses throughout the United States, Europe and Canada, and her students have achieved such honors as year end awards from the CHSA, CHJA, NEHC, and USEF. Tricia is especially proud of her students’ consistent success in the state finals. An accomplished rider herself, Tricia has been nationally recognized and was a zone 1 Silver Stirrup award winner. Tricia has ridden with Peter Leone, Frank Madden, George Morris, Michael Page, Francesca Marcella, Ian Silage, and Bill Cooney.
Most recently, Tricia and co-owner/trainer Louisa Fedora began a Movado farm IEA team and for four consecutive years their riders have won three individual national titles at the IEA Finals and the Middle School team won the National Team Final in 2017. When not working with horses and riders, Tricia enjoys art and is an avid agility enthusiast with her dogs.
Melissa Korteweg joined the Movado Family in 2018, shortly after graduating from Amherst College. At Amherst, Melissa was a member of the equestrian team for all four years. She competed in Novice Flat and Fences her first two years, and Intermediate Flat and Fences her last two years. At Movado, she competed as an IHSA Alumni under the coaching of Lousia and went to IHSA Nationals for Alumni Equitation over Fences.
Melissa has been working with horses for 17 years and has a wide range of experience, from backing three year olds to training horses for equine therapy. Her teaching is largely influenced by her background in therapeutic riding. Melissa spent 3 years working with special needs children and adults to teach them how to ride horses. She loves to have fun and play games with her students, from first time riders to seasoned competitors, and puts a big emphasis on horsemanship and horse care in her lessons.
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119 Indian Lane, Durham, CT 06422, US