Carolyn Del Grosso has been riding horses since the age of nine. She joined the Seneca Valley Pony Club at age 11 and got her "B" rating and evented through the Preliminary level. She put herself through college teaching summer camp in Potomac and decided that the business world was not really for her after getting my MBA at the University of Maryland.
Carolyn started doing more dressage around 1980 when the horse she was riding at the time proved not very athletic over fences. She trained and competed him to the Prix St Georges level. Shortly thereafter it became apparent that in order to move up in dressage she would need to have an imported horse as the ones being bred in the United States at the time were just beginning to improve.
In December of 1984, with the help and support of some friends and her boss, Carolyn was able to import Arklicht, a Hanoverian weanling. He arrived on Christmas eve of 1984 so they nicknamed him Kris Kringle. She was able to get her USDF bronze, silver and gold medals on him and competed through the Grand Prix level. They also did many demos over the years, sharing their love for dressage from the Cherry Blossom Parade to the Horse World Expo and beyond.
Carolyn has trained with Sally Swift, Kay Meredith, Ginna LaCroix, Walter Zettl, Linda Zang and Rebecca Langwost-Barlow. She loves taking clinics and continuing to learn!
Carolyn continues to teach students from all disciplines and levels with a couple that have made it to the FEI level. She has a laid back approach to progressing up the levels or just getting the student where they want to go.