Surmont offers lesson programs for all levels of riding. We compete at both local and Rated horse shows providing a wide range of experience. Jo-Ann along with full time assistant Lauren Tripp provide lessons and training programs that are individually tailored with the goals of maximizing progress and fun.


Jo-Ann Schaudies has been training horses and ponies at Surmont since 1978. Among her accomplishments are many local, state and national high score winners. In addition to training, Jo-Ann is a "R" judge Licensed with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) ,and Maryland Horse Show Assoc (MHSA) in Hunter, Jumper and Hunt Seat Equitation. She is also licensed with the Open Horse Show Assoc (OHSA). In 1991 co-founder of the Upcounty Horseshows Assoc. (UpCo) and served as chairman until 2008. Former member of the Virginia Horse Show Assoc (VHSA) Junior Hunter Committee and MHSA Equitation Committee. Former co-Chairman of USHJA Southeast regional affiliates committe. In 2005 as the Zone 3 representative to the education and special projects program she headed the task force that developed the USHJA clinics program "Clinic in a Box". Jo-Ann is an active member of USHJA and supporter of its many educational programs. Currently on the advisory committee of the newly formed Sugarloaf Mountain Horse Show Series

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With over 35 years of experience our facility provides a safe and secure home for your horse. We have state of the art veterinary and farrier care with feeding plans designed for each horse according to their needs.