About Karen Kershaw
Promoting the age-old love affair between human and horse....
This page created March 2011, revised March 2013
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Born in 1953 and in love with horses since she was a toddler, Karen Kershaw began her riding career at age 10 and was actively involved in Pony Club and 4H Club activities, as well as showing extensively.
She began her teaching and training career part-time at age 15, and continued part-time until her resignation from the Du Pont Company in 1985 after nearly 15 years of service. She taught "The Equine Art & Science" course at Delaware Technical & Community College during the 1970's, and lectured frequently on various subjects to other horse-interest groups.
She was involved with the startup of the Wilmington Mounted Police Force, and coached their Show Drill Team in their early years.
After resigning from Du Pont, she pursued her teaching and training career full-time, working for local stables as well as free-lancing to assist horse owners with training/retraining their own horses at home.
In 1989, she acquired property in Milton, Delaware, and began construction of Milton Equestrian Center (MEC), which became a home for 36 horses and approximately 90 students per week on nearly 30 acres. Her program offered riders a strong hunt-seat, dressage, and cross-country orientation, along with the essential understanding of the horse to achieve a rider's well-rounded education. She continued her affiliation with Pony Club, and for a while MEC was home-base for Small Wonder Pony Club. In addition to managing the Center and instructing, Karen enjoyed working with problem horses; and showing, eventing, and foxhunting her own horses as time permitted. But time for that was hard to come by!
So, in the mid-2000's, Karen embarked on a downsizing project and thus was born Kershaw Acres--all the same good things as before, just on a smaller scale--which means more time for Karen to enjoy herself and her own horses.
Karen currently is a member of BVCPHA (Brandywine Valley Chapter of the Professional Horseman's Association), Laurel Saddle Friends, Inc., and is a proud member and supporter of the Delaware Equine Council (www.delawareequinecouncil.org). She also serves as Volunteer Coordinator for Trail Maintenance at Nanticoke Wildlife Area. In addition, Kershaw Acres is proud to have provided on-site, hands-on training for challenged students from a special education school in Lewes, and was "home" for SDTRHR (Southern Delaware Therapeutic & Recreational Horseback Riding, Inc.) for several years.
Karen also is an "unofficial" member of O.P.R.C.
Karen and her horse Life Goes On (aka Elly) in the Hunter Ring.
...and just how did Elly get THAT name???
The good old days at Brandywine Valley. Cousin Fay on Frosty Morning is in the background.
Circa 1975 at the CESHSA Awards Banquet. I am top left. Like me, some of these people STILL ride or are at least active in "horsey" things. Gets in your blood.....
We ask that you make an appointment before stopping by. We give our undivided attention to the activity at hand, and want to do the same for YOU!
WARNING - under Delaware Law, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risk of equine activities, pursuant to 10 Delaware Code Section 8140.
The Horse Experience, Inc. at Kershaw Acres
Promoting the Age-Old Love Affair Between Human and Horse...
Come check us out!
You should also check out www.overtheoxerfarm.com-- Ali as a young teenager was a MEC student and live-in Summer Camper who progressed to Summer Camp Instructor, and just look at what she's doing now! We are all VERY PROUD of her!
This photo shows Karen at age 13 jumping with her horse,
Karen and Elly at Oktoberfest.
Kershaw Acres, 17170 Harbeson Road, Milton, DE 19968
Great Horseback Riding in Sussex County, Delaware
(1.25 miles North on Rt. 5 from the Rt.5/Rt.9 intersection at Harbeson)