Trainers

Joann 

Joann Knapp

Joann is the owner-operator (and much, much more!) of Crosswinds Equestrian Center. Growing up in a non-horsey family did not deter Joann from finding a way to ride as a teenager. Early on a love of horses was realized, and years later, when her eldest daughters showed the same passion, Joann got back in the saddle. Soon after Joann purchased the farm in LaGrangeville, and Crosswinds was founded. She set out to create a family-friendly barn where children could enjoy riding at all levels. Joann’s work ethic and passion has helped Crosswinds grow, and the barn has become Dutchess County’s number one place to learn to ride. You’ll often see Joann managing the office, raking the ring or manning the secretary stand at a horse show. No matter what she is doing, she is committed to making Crosswinds a success.


Colleen 

Colleen Rose

Colleen grew up riding and showing English and Western locally. In fact, many years before Crosswinds existed, she lived and worked on this very property when it was a thoroughbred farm, focusing on yearling sales and breaking young horses. After working in education for several years, Colleen, a true all around horsewoman, returned to this facility as a Barn Manager and Instructor. Beloved by her students, Colleen has provided many riders with a strong foundation of horseback riding, and has passed on her love of horses with them. Colleen’s specialties are starting beginner riders, both young and old.


Clare 

Clare Knapp

Clare has been riding and showing for over 20 years. As a junior she competed in the equitation, hunters and jumpers, winning accolades throughout the tri-state area. After graduating from Marist College, where she majored in Business Administration/ Marketing, Clare returned to her roots at Crosswinds to teach lessons and direct the Summer Riding Program. Clare enjoys teaching children, teenagers and adults, and in the past several years her client base has grown substantially. You will see her students competing in everything from the Walk-Trot through the Level 3 Jumpers, at local and ‘A’ shows throughout the East coast, including HITS and Saratoga. Clare is also the Head Coach of the Marist Equestrian Team, which calls Crosswinds it’s home. Clare’s love of teaching extends beyond the ring. She has also taught English at a local private school for almost a decade.


Taylor 

Taylor Knapp

Taylor got in the saddle before she could walk, and has never gotten out. She has spent her life riding and showing throughout the East Coast. As a child she wrote in the equitation and hunters, before branching into the jumper ring at a young age. She had a successful junior career, and with her mare, Iris, qualified for the Marshall & Sterling Finals, took home top honors at the Coole Park Invitational, and won a circuit championship at HITS Saugerties. In addition to riding, Taylor also trains juniors and amateurs, competing locally and all over the East Coast. Taylor’s size and skill has allowed her to successfully train ponies, as well as top-level jumpers. She is also active in selling horses of all ages, abilities, and disciplines.  In 2011 Taylor had extensive success at horseshows such as Atlanta, HITS, Old Salem, Raleigh, and Aiken.  She recently placed 5th in the $5,000 Aiken Winter Classic Welcome Stake aboard Volante.