Erika Kurtz, Trainer / Owner
With nearly twenty years in the equine industry, Erika Kurtz is unique when it comes to instructors and trainers. Her extensive experience as a equestrian and trainer is backed up with a degree from one of America’s best private colleges, The University of Findlay in Ohio, where she studied English Equestrian Studies and Equine Business Management. Her equine experience, knowledge and horsemanship is extensive, serving in the capacities of Barn Manager, Riding Director and Trainer for various facilities throughout the region and as Head Coach of the Franklin and Marshall Equestrian Team. She received her trainer certification from the United States Hunter Jumper Association and instructor certification from Certified Horsemanship Association. She holds memberships in several prominent equine organizations including the United States Equine Federation, United States Hunter Jumper Association, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, Arabian Horse Association, Pennsylvania Arabian Horse Association and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. Erika also just recently received her 'r' judges license for hunters and equitation from the United States Equestion Federation and the United States Hunter Jumper Association.
Over the course of her career she has served in a leadership capacity in organizations such as the Pennsylvania Arabian Horse Association for South Central, Saddle Cinches 4-H Club, 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program and been on the 4-H Judges list. But perhaps, Erika's best talent is her innate connection with the horses themselves. This understanding fosters a unique synergy between horse and rider, enabling both to grow together to achieve realistic goals and expectations.
When not giving lessons, training horses or managing her business located at Serenity Farm, you can find Erika either participating in equine events or judging them.
Scott Burkhart Instructor
Scott has been in the horse business for over 40 years and is well known for his expertise in the hunter jumper arena. As a trainer, instructor, coach and former competitor, Scott has a long standing reputation in the equestrian world. He has been an "R" judge in Hunters, Jumpers, Hunt Seat Equitation, and Hunter Breeding. He has owned and operated his own show, sales and boarding farm for 30 years before teaching out of various farms in the area. Scott also has experience in the intercollegiate world where he and Erika Kurtz coached the Franklin and Marshall Equestrian Team for several years. We look forward to working together again. Scott will be available at both farms for lessons and help at horse shows.
Zara Pyzowski Instructor
Zara Pyzowski is a graduate from Centenary University in Hackettstown, New Jersey with a B.S. in Equine Studies. During her time there, she rode competitively on their IDA team under the instruction of Sarah Simms. Trainers such as Michael Dowling, Kelly Munz, and Timothy Cleary helped to solidify her skills as a horseman, teacher, and as a rider. Zara has experience competing not only at the schooling show level, but at the rated level as well. She has also offered her skills as a professional show groom in Wellington, Florida at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center for MillStone Farm. She has cliniced extensively with trainers like Greg Best, Nona Garson, and George Morris. In her youth, she also trained in Ireland, schooling cross country and show jumping at Castle Leslie. Zara has a strong foundation in hunt seat riding including hunters, jumpers, and equitation, with a basis in dressage, which she hopes to pass on to those she instructs in the future.