Jo-Anne Young

Equestrian Program Director Emeritus; Assistant Professor of Equestrian Studies


  • M.A., Salem International University (2004)
  • B.A., Roberts Wesleyan College (1969)
  • Studied at Houghton College (1965-1968)


Courses Taught 

  • Competition dressage
  • Advanced dressage
  • Principles of Western Riding

Professional Memberships/Associations

  • Certified Horsemanship Association
    • Teach workshops for continuing education and professional enhancement at CHA conferences
  • New York State Horse Council (NYSHC)
  • United States Dressage Federation (USDF)
    • Annually manage multi-arena competitions
  • United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)
    • Annually manage multi-arena competitions
  • United States Hunter Jumper Association
  • Western New York Dressage Association  (WNYDA)
    • Board of directors, 1999-present

Professional Experience/Achievements

  • Equestrian Studies Program Director Emeritus
    Houghton College, Houghton NY (Sep. 2017-present)
  • NYSHC Lifetime Achievement Award
  • CHA Clinic Instructor of the Year Award (2007)
  • Served on Equestrian Program Advisory Committee
    Alfred University, Alfred NY (2005-2014)
  • Served on Equine Business Advisory Council for Cattaraugus County (2004-2010)
  • CHA Volunteer of the Year Award (2001)
  • Clinic instructor for CHA Riding Instructor Certification Clinic
    Standlake Equestrian Centre, Oxfordshire, England (2000)
  • CHA Site Visitor Trainer (Nov. 1999-present)

Certified to inspect sites applying for CHA Site accreditation; train site visitors in appropriate standards and procedures

  • Clinic instructor for CHA International Clinic

Silverton, OR (1993)

  • Clinic instructor for CHA International Clinic

Chesapeake, VA (1991)

  • Director of Houghton College equestrian program
    Houghton College, Houghton NY (Aug. 1986-2017)
  • Director of Houghton College Riding Camp
    Houghton College, Houghton NY (August 1986-2006)
  • CHA Master Instructor (March 1987-present)
  • CHA Clinic Instructor (June 1987-present)
    • Supervise farm manager, riding instructors, and stable workers; coach college students in equestrian venue competitions; organize and manage clinics and competitions; supervise riding lessons for disadvantaged, at-risk, and disabled students (taught by CHA Instructor of Riders with Disabilities certified instructors)
    • Certified to teach riding to the advanced level in both western and English riding disciplines

o   Eight years on CHA Board of Directors; proofreader of CHA Clinic Instructors Manual; chair of CHA college curriculum committee; regional director for CHA Region 5 (NY, PA, MD, DE, VA)

  • Served on Allegany County Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Horse Advisory Council (1968-1986)

o   Led 4-H horse clubs, coached 4-H club members to state championships

Teaching Philosophy  

My goal is to equip students with a broad knowledge base in classical horsemanship, including theory, philosophy, riding, teaching, and care of the horse – all while cultivating a Christlike scholar-servant. There are no “cookie cutter students,” for each is a unique individual to be guided, coached, and encouraged to excellence in his or her own unique interests and talents.

Research Interests

  • Studying dressage with instructors of international renown

o   Studied with Walter Zettl and did illustrations/proofreading for his book Dressage in Harmony; Molly Sivewright; Carel Eijkenaar; Eddo Hoekstra

  • Financial impact of equine-related activities and businesses on Cattaraugus County economy (NY)


  • Co-organized and ran USDF Region 8 Adult Dressage clinic, taught by judges Betsy Steiner and Kathy Connelly (2015)
  • Attended FEI Trainers’ Conference, taught by Steffen Peters and Scott Hassler (2014)
  • Co-organized and ran WNYDA dressage clinics, taught by Anne Gribbons (October 2013-2016)
  • Attended symposium on Classical vs. “Modern” dressage. Instructors included Klaus Balkenhol, Gerd Heuschmann, and Colonel Christian Carde (2008)
  • Has written a number of depositions as expert witness for court cases involving the equestrian industry (1995-present)

Other Interests/Hobbies

I enjoy reading, singing in the church choir, kayaking, sewing, and spending time with family: siblings, adult children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

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