Out of close to 1000 certified therapeutic instructors in North America, Carolyn Bailey is one of only 25 classified by North American Riding for the Handicapped (NARHA) as a Master Instructor.
Carolyn was born and raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and began what would become her equestrian career when she was allowed, due to her enthusiasm, to begin riding lessons at the Riding Centre at the age 8. She bought her first horse when she was 11 years old and began teaching lessons when she was 15. In 1977, she enrolled at The Cheff Center for the Handicapped in Augusta, Michigan, where she received her certificate to teach riding to the mentally, emotionally, and physically challenged. She was asked to stay on at the Cheff Center as an instructor and spent the following two years gaining valuable experience.
In 1981, Carolyn returned home to the Riding Centre where her heart truly was, and together with Louise Soelberg, carried on the work of the Riding Centre. Embodying Louise’s heart and philosophy, Carolyn has been the Head Instructor and Trainer at the Riding Centre ever since. In 1989, Carolyn assumed full responsibility for the day-to-day management of the facility.