Allwyn Court believes in treating each horse and rider as an individual. Programs are tailored to suit the needs of every horse and rider. The training is classical, based on good horsemanship, with the health of the horse and the education of the rider as the primary focus.
Allwyn Court is owned and operated by Kathy, Gerry, and Katherine Newman. As a family business, they take pride in everyone’s success. The team, including top veterinarians and farriers, works together to ensure the horses receive the best care and training.
As a junior, Kathy trained with renowned horsemen George Morris, Jimmy Wofford, and Rodney Jenkins. Kathy has trained numerous winners in the hunters, jumpers, equitation, and pony hunters. Her top awards as a trainer include:
WIHS Equitation Finals winner
2 VHSA Medal Finals winners
NAJYRC Individual Gold Medalist
Hunter Derby winners
Pony Finals champions
USEF Horse the Year champions
The famous Ashford Castle started his career in Kathy’s training, winning championships at the biggest shows in the country and going on to be USEF Horse of the Year. Beyond riding and training, Kathy has served as a member on many USHJA Committees, was President of the Upperville Colt & Horse Show for 10 years, and enjoys course designing and judging.
Since 1986, Gerry and Kathy have been partners operating Allwyn Court. Gerry was born into a horse family in Ireland. His father was a jockey and his mother was one of the first women to become an equine vet in Ireland. Gerry fox hunted and rode show jumpers before deciding to follow his father’s path. He would eventually ride over 400 winners, including winning the Irish Grand National and breaking the track record in The King George VI Cup by 4.5 seconds. His success continued after moving to the US in 1985, earning the title of Leading Rider in Virginia 6 times. Gerry also served as honorary Whipper-In of the Piedmont Hunt for 14 years.