Who We Are
One of the things we hear often about the staff at Bascule is how helpful we are. We believe that your training is far more important than our egos…so you get the trainer that fits you and your horse best. We all support each other, and what’s best for you, the client, is our goal. This makes training at Bascule a positive place to be…making everyone’s life richer. Come see for yourself!
Barn Managers & Staff
Elizabeth (Libby) Gladding – Horse Manager
Libby is our anchor in the main barns, ensuring that everything goes smoothly. She makes sure all of the many little details are covered. She knows all about each horse, and has extensive experience in managing their health care and keeping detailed health records. She is patient, organized, efficient and cares deeply about the horses under her watch. All boarders have direct access to her on the manager phone.
Sarah Jangro – Assistant Horse Manager
Sarah works directly with Libby to ensure continuity in the main barns. She is also responsible for the foxhunters and youngsters that have come in for training. She enjoys working with them and helping them acclimate to “school”. She lives on property and enjoys continuing her own dressage training.
Bob Flanders – Facilities Manager
Bob has been on our staff for many years. He lives on the farm and is the go to person on all things repairs related, handles all the hay and feed deliveries, and will capably pinch hit on a vet appointment when needed! He and his fiance’ Natalie live on the farm.
Carlie Serif- Full Time Dressage Instructor/Trainer
Carlie joined us in 2015 and has a very strong classical background which fits in well with our mission. She has a BHS certification from the UK and is competing her young Dutch bred gelding, Shtratego at 3rd level. She is very successful in making positive changes in riders and horses. Many of the eventing competitors shave their scores by doing a dressage tune up with Carlie. She also has extensive experience developing young horses for dressage. Her clear, concise and empathetic aids help horses learn without fear. Carlie coaches at many local PVDA/FADS dressage shows with her students as well as competing client horses in training.
Andy Armstrong- Full Time Assistant Instructor/Trainer
Andy is originally from Ohio and joined the team in 2016. She is a USEA Certified Instructor and has a B.S. in Equine Teaching and Training from Lake Erie College. She has teaching and training experience working with Michael Matz, Danny Warrington, Jeff Taylor and Kristi-Schmitt Burr. She is actively competing her Irish Sport Horse, FourFields Marchella at training level with an eye on the FEI levels. Andy is always up to the challenge on a more difficult horse for training. She loves teaching kids in our Riding Center. Amateur adults are happy to be working with a positive, skilled instructor who loves what she does. Andy coaches a small team at USEA & starter HT as well as training and competing client horses.
Shannon O’Hatnick- Full Time Assistant Instructor/Trainer
Shannon is from Tennessee where she competed at AA H/J shows as a Junior. She discovered Eventing with Deb Wilson, went on to ride with Buck Davidson, Bernie Traurig, Sinead Halpin and was a working student for Allie Knowles. We met her when she came and bought a Rotwing baby in 2015. She then took that mare, Sarabi up through Preliminary. She spent last winter managing horses for Lars Petersen and Melisa Taylor at Legacy Farms in Florida. Her love is Eventing so she joined us in 2018. Her new Hanoverian Crossbred mare, West River is going out at Preliminary now. Shannon is focused on teaching our younger riders and beginners both on horseback and off. She teaches the unmounted clinics every weekend (which are open to everyone!) and is available to take a small group to Starter HT and jumper shows.
Chris Knuth-part time Instructor/Trainer
Chris grew up in Montgomery County, MD. She has a BA in Equine Studies & Business Management from Averett College, Danville, VA. She has competed up to Preliminary level and catch rides as much as possible. She lives in Poolesville with her husband, Jesse and sons, Jaden and Gavin. She is also Montgomery County Police Officer and teaches at the Academy. They keep her so busy we only get her on a part time basis! Her students love her thoughtful, systematic approach. Chris has a flexible schedule so everyone takes advantage when she’s available.
Dick & Julie Hagen- Owners
Both owners have competed successfully at Preliminary and have wide teaching and training experiences. Julie is now concentrating her time on raising and starting the homebred Warmblood youngsters and training the students in our Resident Student program. Dick is focusing on the health of Foxchasing as a MFH of Potomac.