About Us


Lisa May

Since 1971, Matt has been a successful competitor initially as a Western and Endurance rider and later as a Three Day Event and Dressage rider. Matt has trained with eventers Jim Wofford, Mike Plumb and Denny Emerson, dressage instructors Major Anders Lindgren and Lilo Fore and horse trainers Linda Tellington-Jones, and since 2000 has been learning Mark Rashid's Aikido-informed approach.

Matt's accepts horses for training.

Matt is also a Certified Journeyman Farrier and Blacksmith whose wrought iron park benches adorn the entrance of the Caroline County Arts Council Gallery. Visit his site FAIR HILL FORGE to learn more.

Lisa began riding as a child with nationally recognized Hunter/Jumper trainer Wayne Carroll. As an adult she continued with Dressage coaching by FEI competitors, nationally acclaimed clinicians, Olympian Lendon Grey, and British clinician/author Mary Wanless. She also gleaned teaching tools from auditing clinics with Olympians Carol Lavell and Michael Poulin, and through scribing for International Dressage Judge, Max Gahwyler. Since 2000 she has also been a student of Mark Rashid’s insightful approach to horsemanship informed by behavioral science and an understanding of shaping energy.

Lisa is the first U.S. coach accredited in Mary Wanless' "Ride With Your Mind" body control techniques. Lisa co-teaches riding clinics and teacher training with Mary in the USA several times a year. She is a skilled communicator who understands how the brain works and coaches with an encouraging, supportive style. She recertifies her accreditation every 2 years in the U.K. at Wanless's home base and has written numerous articles for RWYM Network News and the Arabian Sport Horse Magazine.

From 1986 to 1993 Lisa May headed the instruction program at the largest Parks Department Stable in NYC. In 1993, Lisa opened Federalsburg's Idylwild Farm. She has taught adults and children of all levels of experience, confidence, training and talent on horses of varying breeds and backgrounds. Lisa teaches at home, at private farms in the region and travels widely to coach clinics.


Matt Taimuty, CJF