Mollie Beach has been a part of On Course Equestrian Services since she took lessons from Leigh when she was eight years old. After years of taking lessons, Mollie – along with Kirsten – began teaching lessons for Leigh in 2010. Since then, Mollie has spent her time exercising and training horses on the farm, running summer horse camps, teaching weekly lessons, leading trail rides, and working to improve her own riding abilities.
In middle and high school, Mollie attended numerous horse shows and competitions. She has since decided to focus her time on learning horse management, training, and riding for personal challenge and fun. She works closely with new horses on the farm to train them to be reliable lesson horses.
Mollie is currently pursuing a degree in occupational therapy. She hopes to one day become certified in hippotherapy and to own a therapeutic riding stable where children with disabilities can learn independence, cognitive, social, and physical skills. She is certified through PATH International as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor*. In the past, she worked with Normandy Therapeutic Riding and Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association. She presently also works at Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding to improve her horse knowledge and gain experience with riders of all background and abilities.
Her favorite part of teaching lessons is watching a student’s love for horses and riding confidence grow. She believes horse riding is more than a physical sport but an activity that requires acknowledging all parts of a person!
— Personal notes: For safety reasons, I do not teach individuals <4yo and I do not teach if it’s a “real feel” of <34 or >99 degrees Fahrenheit outside.
*On Course Equestrian is not a PATH International certified riding facility.