Staff

Meet Our Staff

    One of the things we hear often about the staff at Bascule is how helpful we are.  We believe that your training is far more important than our egos…so you get the trainer that fits you and your horse best.  We all support each other, and what’s best for you, the client, is our goal.  This makes training at Bascule a positive place to be…making everyone’s life richer.  Come feel it for yourself.

Erin Brooke Freedman- Full Time Instructor/Trainer

 

 

 

Julie Hagen-  Full Time Instructor/Trainer

As Owner and busy Head Instructor, she’s the one who started it all back in 1990!  A former Potomac Pony Clubber, she grew up in the area riding and showing.  As a highly motivated young rider, she moved to Germany for a three years immersion in the field.  She rode and trained at Reitclub Rosenburg in Meyenburg.  She successfully competed at the one star level in Europe.  In 1986, she started her own facility in Conifer, Colorado and mentored many young riders and pony clubbers before moving back to Maryland.  After teaching everything from Equitation, starting young horses and pre-Vet at the Morven Park International Equestrian Institute, a 9 month intensive training school, she opened Bascule Farm in Poolesville.  She is currently riding dressage with Fred Weber on Dr. Vee Gill’s Dutch gelding, Murano at 3rd level and out Eventing homebred youngsters at Beginner Novice, Novice and Training levels.  Believing that the best way to further the cause of excellent riders and trainers, Julie mentors many area Instructors including those in the very popular Resident Student program. She still thoroughly enjoys teaching amateurs from the ground up.

 

 

Dick Hagen- Full Time Instructor/Trainer

A native from Gaithersburg, Dick is our full time Foxhunter/Cross country instructor who is also an owner.  Dick has a extensive background in teaching both high school sports and business level courses.  He was a wrestling coach for many years which gave him a keen understanding of bio-mechanics.  He competed through Preliminary and regularly hunts as a MFH of Potomac Hunt.  He enjoy working with young and green horses and he often gets to be the “first” to take a horse out cross country schooling.  He likes to give them a positive experience. Though he doesn’t have a lot of time for teaching he does have a following of students who like the depth of explanation he gives.

 

 

 


Carlie Serif-
Full Time Instructor/TrainerCarlie

Carlie has a very strong classical background which fits in well with our mission and compliments our other instructors.  She has a BHS certification from the UK and is very positive and upbeat instructor.  She maintains the “make a difference in your students” philosophy of teaching.  Everyone is having fun in her lessons (including Carlie!)  Carlie is now pursuing her USDF Medals on Rosalie Bakers Hanoverian Gelding, Armani.  She also has extensive experience working with difficult horses in a rehabilitation setting.  Her clear, concise and empathetic aids help horses learn without fear.   She is available for lessons/training rides every day/eve except Tuesdays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

12138559_10154244126514056_7459322238407136484_oAndy Armstrong- Full Time Assistant Instructor/TrainerAndy and Maya

Andy is originally from Ohio and has a B.S. in Equine Teaching and Training from Lake Erie College.  After College, she was an instructor at Hinckley Equestrian Center and has more recently worked for Michael Matz,  Danny Warrington, Jeff Taylor and Kristi-Schmitt Burr. Andy is always up to the challenge on a more difficult horse for training and loves teaching kids in our Riding Center.  Amateur adults are also happy to be working with a positive, skilled beginner/intermediate instructor who loves what she does.  She is available for lessons, coaching and training rides every day but Wednesdays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chris Knuth-part time Instructor/Trainer

Chris grew up in Montgomery County.  She is a 2001 graduate of Averett College, Danville, VA with a BA in Equine Studies & Business Management.  She has competed up to Preliminary level and had instruction from some of the best Trainers on the east coast.  She lives in Damascus with her husband, Jesse and sons, Jaden and Gavin.  She is also Montgomery County Police Officer.  They keep her so busy we only get her on a part time basis!  Her students love her thoughtful, systematic approach.  Chris teaches Mondays and Thursday nights so can accommodate the later night riders.