MEET THE HORSES
NEWS and EVENTS
The Progressive Riding Program is designed to create good safety conscious horsemen. Every client will be treated as a future
horse owner and as such will be given theory and stable management that will be essential to their success as a confident self-sufficient horse owner, as well as a rider.
Safety and quality are the highest priority and to that aim Progressive Riding Program has a commitment to owning the best possible school horses and top
quality new and used equipment.
Director of Riding
M. Judith F. De Michele has over 50 years experience in the horse industry as a rider, trainer, and instructor. She graduated from Southern Seminary Jr. College with an Associates degree in Art and an Equitation Certificate. Ms. De Michele is a certified instructor with a B.A. degree in education from the University of Delaware.
De Michele has two certifications in the horse industry. In 2011 De Michele upgraded her professional skills through the United
States Hunter Jumper Association Trainers Certification Program completing all requirements to become a USHJA certified trainer.
As a breeder, Ms. De Michele has produced both race and show horses. In 1989, the National Steeplechase Association licensed her to train horses.
Currently she judges local shows and hunter trials and has horses showing on the “A” circuit of United States Equestrian Federation.
Judy was awarded the USHJA Affiliate Sportsmanship award by the Timothy C Hanley $20,000 USHJA Affiliate Show Series.
An award is given at the show, and a separate award given at the USHJA convention in FL.
- Mrs. DeMichele was selected from among other affiliate winners to receive the Regional Sportsmanship award for 2009.
- Former Evaluator for Equestrian programs for ASICS accrediting council for independent schools
- 20 published articles in various trade publications
- Held license with the National Steeplechase Association
- Education degree from U of Delaware