Amy Howard, owner of AHD LLC, has been committed to riding her entire life. A graduate of Delaware Valley College, (Equine Science 1999) and the Hartpury College (Gloucester England) externship program (British Horse Society Exams stages 1,2 and 3) she decided to pursue teaching and professional riding exclusively in 2001, mentoring under Nancy Polozker. Amy coached and groomed Nancy’s Grand Prix horses, traveling to Canada, training with Neil and Cindy Ishoy, and served as her eyes on the ground throughout the freestyle championships in Miami FL 2002 where Nancy was long listed for the US Olympic team.
Amy began showing much success developing and competing young Dutch Warmbloods, including Update and Rozenstein through PSG, Zamiro through 4th level and Wilhardy, through 4th Level and many others. Since then Amy has competed throughout NJ, NY, PA and FL, on a variety of horses she has developed, including: Pastorale to the PSG Inter 1 CDI, Avante Garde to PSG level as well as Developing PSG, and Zamiro winning the Captain Elwood E Geissler Perpetual Memorial Tropy for high score 3rd level at the Garden State Classic. Ultra Light was hugely successful in the 4th level at Dressage at Devon 2014. Currently Amy has new young horses she is developing. Her own Florelli and Floris are two prospects that have the talent to do the GP.
Amy coaches her students successfully through FEI level in international competitions. She, along with Marcel Timmermans of the Netherlands, help select the appropriate equine partner for her clients. Their combined philosophy is that matching horse and rider is about more than just the quality of the horse, it is a mix of mentality, suitability of level and the horse’s and rider’s joint capacity for growth over their many years together. This along with Amy's training and coaching has created some very successful pairs.