Kelly’s Ford Equestrian Center’s is fortunate to have on its staff, Riding Instructor, Beth Ravinsky. Beth began her horse showing career at the ripe old age of 12. She showed in the Junior Hunters through High School and moved up to compete in the Preliminary Jumpers and Mini Prixs in College. After graduating from Virginia Intermont College with degrees in Equine Studies and Graphic Arts, Beth decided to turn the tables by giving back to others’ what had made her happy for so many years. She became a riding instructor so she could share her love of horses and riding with the rest of the world.
In 1985 she moved on to become a Professional rider, trainer and instructor for Windy Hill Stables in Missouuri, moved back to Virginia to take over as manager of Hazelwild Farm’s barn, lesson, training, and summer program. She was hired by Virginia Intermont College her, alma mater, to teach academic equine classes, instruct riding and Coach the VIC Intercollegiate Team. Beth has been employed at a number of well known Equestrian Facilities (Four Winds Farm, Magnolia Equestrian Center and South Run Riding School) over the years gaining experience and culminating in the ownership and management of her own successful Equestrian Facility.
Beth is no stranger to leading her students around the country to “A Rated” horse shows including Ocala and Gulfport Winter Series, and having had USEF Zone Champion Pony Hunters, Children’s Jumpers, and Pony Jumpers under her tutelage. Her students have competed at the USEF Pony Finals, Washington International Horse Show and Harrisburg National. She has herself ridden in clinics with the Legendary George Morris and Melanie Smith Taylor and is a member of the VHSA, USHJA, USEF and BHSA. Beth has served on the Board of the Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association and East Tennessee Hunter/Jumper Association as well as being President of the ETHJA. Beth has a true gift as a teacher and coach and is just as confident with beginner riders as she is with advanced riders.