Our Instructor

Kristi Filipiak Airgood

As a third generation equestrian, Kristi has spent over 25 years loving, riding, and showing horses. Her patience and belief  in mental conditioning has proven very successful in taking both horse and rider to the winner’s circle. Kristi believes in a positive re-enforcement approach to teaching students, helping each student capitalize on his or her accomplishments. She uses a hands on technique to introduce each student to horse safety, proper grooming, proper terminology for the tack and the horse, and how to properly tack and un-tack your horse.

Kristi spent her children’s and junior years not only riding with, but also as a working student for Amy Reistrup, AYR Show Stables, Lexington, Virginia. While training with Amy, Kristi traveled the USEF national circuit competing on her horses Alaska and Polux. Among the many awards they received, Alaska was 2002 Small Hunter Champion at The Upperville Colt and Horse Show, in Upperville, Virginia. Polux was 2004 Southwest Virginia Regular Working Hunter Champion and Kristi competed in the Southwest Virginia Medal Finals, Lexington, Virginia.

Kristi also trained with several other distinguished professionals. Paul Matthews, in Somerset, Virginia, Harold Chopping, Canadian Olympic Rider in Southern Pines, North Carolina and Barbie Bancroft, in Allison Park, Pennsylvania.

Kristi has taken several horses and students to many local and national championships, including having  the 15th overall Large Pony at 2016 USEF Pony Finals in Lexington, KY. Many of her riders receive year end awards with both the Western Pennsylvania Professional Horsemen’s Association, The Mountaineer Hunter Jumper Association, and the USEF Zone 2 Year End Awards. Working with students and horses is a passion that is expressed with every ride, every lesson and every competition.

” No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle” Winston Churchill