At Fortitude Farm, founder and head trainer Carolyn Bell has built her team by carefully selecting assistant trainers who share the farm's values and vision. Our accomplished trainers are able to teach riders of all levels and help you achieve your riding goals.
At the age of 17, Carolyn competed indoors at the ASPCA Maclay and the AHSA National Medal Finals with her all-time favorite horse, Collector's Item. It was a road paved with serious work and dedication.
To qualify for the Maclay National Finals, Carolyn first had to win the Maclay Medal in the Southeast Region. This incredible win qualified her to compete in the Regional Finals, where she won a medal and earned the right to ride Indoors at the National Finals, an event normally held at Madison Square Gardens.
Carolyn's quest for the honor to compete at the AHSA Medal National Finals, held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania required her to win the AHSA Medal twice in the Southeast Region.
Classically trained in equitation, Carolyn has the foundation to train the horse and the rider for all aspects of the hunter/jumper ring. Her riding style has been influenced by the greats such as: George Morris, Ronnie Much, Barry Lane and Sunny Stevens.
Carolyn's students have qualified for Junior Hunter Finals, Maclay Regionals, USEF Medal Finals, GHJA Finals, the Hunterdon Cup, Pony Finals, and the USEF Pony Medal.