Richard is Master of the Huntingdon Valley Hunt, whose hounds are kenneled at Fox Heath. He was the first “A” rider in the U.S. Pony Club to go on and become a member of the Master’s of Foxhounds Association of North America. Today he is one of the longest serving Masters hunting hounds in this country. Richard is also a well- respected judge of Penn-Marydel Foxhounds having officiated at the major Foxhound Shows in the Mid-Atlantic States for that breed.
Dick got his start in the horse business at the age of 15, boarding horses at his parent’s farm in Warrington, PA. As a junior, he competed in Equitation and Junior Hunter Divisions at the major East Coast Shows, while training with Milton “Junie” Kulp, Jr. at the legendary “All Around Farm”. During that time Dick was selected, along with Bernie Traurig and Rodman Wanamaker, to be part of the US International Pony Team competing in the UK.
Claire is the inspiration behind the success of Fox Heath and it’s riders. Her attention to detail is evident in the quality of the instruction offered, the care of the horses, the management of the farm, and the selection of the merchandise in the tack shop.
Claire is a big supporter of the Associated Horse Shows of Bucks and Montgomery Counties, of which she is currently President. Her students compete in equitation, hunters, and jumpers and always win many year‐end awards.
The highlight of the show season is the Devon Horse Show. Over the years her students have brought home their share of blue ribbons.
The basis of the lesson program at Fox Heath was developed through the success of training her daughter, Tobi, and the horses and ponies that were bred at Fox Heath. The most notable was the mare, Rightonthebutton. Tobi & Claire broke and trained Button, who was very talented but also difficult. Button went on to earn the AHSA (now USEF) Horse of the Year Adult Amateur Champion with Tobi as rider and Claire, trainer. That same year they qualified for the Zone II Finals in Harrisburg with the highest number of qualifying points of any other horse or pony entered in the show. Tobi rode Button to the Adult Amateur Hunter Championship and Claire received the High Point Trainer's Award.
A few years later, after colic surgery, Button returned to the show ring, with rider Tobi, and Claire trainer. That spring they were Grand Champion Local Hunter at Devon. The next year, Reserve Champion, and the third, Champion again.
The experience that Claire has gained through the years has passed through to each student at Fox Heath. She works with each one to help them achieve their dreams just as she helped her daughter reach hers.
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