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 very positive experience…making everyone’s life richer. Come see for yourself!
Barn Managers & Staff
Morgan Blythe – Horse Manager
Morgan is our anchor in the main barns, ensuring that everything goes smoothly. As Horse Manager, she makes sure all of the many little details are covered. She has implemented our new digital health care record keeping system which is streamlining the whole process. All the information on each horse is at her fingertips. This is helping all the owners, vets, chiropractors, body workers and trainers stay on top of each horses needs. We are blessed to have her energy, love of the horses, communication skills, and friendly, helpful personality in the barns. All boarders always have direct access to her on the manager phone.
Bob Flanders – Facilities Manager
Bob has been on our staff for many years. He 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! His love of horses shows in his desire to work in the stables on a daily basis. You might catch him scratching one of his favorites, Rascal! He and his wife 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 Eventing Instructor/Trainer (and Max)
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. Her teaching and training experience comes from working with Michael Matz, Danny Warrington, Jeff Taylor, Kristi-Schmitt Burr and more recently Tim Bourke. Her partnership with the imported ISH mare FourFields Marcella is blossoming with goals for the FEI levels. Andy is always up to the challenge on a more difficult horse for training. She also 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.
Eliza SanNicolas- Assistant Instructor/Trainer
Eliza has been a fixture at Bascule for over 6 years. She has trained her own part Arabian mare all the way to training level in Eventing, and 2nd level dressage. Her next project was an unbroken 5 year old Arabian who was a challenge. She built his trust and the two of them have competed Novice level successfully. This year, Eliza has been training the homebred 4 year olds, and a lovely Irish 3 year old. We are very excited to add Eliza to our teaching and training staff, while she finishes her last semester at American University.
Chris Knuth-part time Instructor/Trainer
Chris grew up in Montgomery County, and has a BA in Equine Studies & Business Management from Averett College, Danville, VA. Having competed up to Preliminary level before having a family, she now catch rides as much as possible. They live nearby in Poolesville (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
After many years Eventing, breeding, and mentoring young professionals, we are excited to support the wonderful staff at Bascule. Julie is focusing her time starting the homebred youngsters and training the students in our Resident Student program. Dick is focusing on the health of Foxchasing as a MFH of Potomac and teaching Show Jumping & Cross country.