Meet Karen Adams

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Karen Adams is a U.S. Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion “R” dres­sage judge, in­struc­tor and coach in Keedysville, Mary­land. She grew up in Alaska, where there were no dres­sage teach­ers, so she hired Karl Mikolka to come teach week­long clin­ics in the early 1970s. She found him very in­spir­ing and sub­se­quently headed east to at­tend Mered­ith Manor School of Horse­man­ship in 1975–1976.

After grad­u­at­ing, Karen landed a teach­ing job at Linda Zang’s busy pub­lic les­son pro­gram at Idlewilde Farm in David­sonville, Mary­land. She con­sid­ered this a perfect ap­pren­tice­ship: At the time this farm was the teach­ing base for Col. Bengt Ljungquist, coach of the U.S. dres­sage team. Karen quickly be­came Idlewilde’s head in­struc­tor and farm man­ager. She com­peted through the Prix St. Ge­orges level and her horse Aleu­tian was USEF (then AHSA) Fourth Level horse of the year for Zone III in 1980.

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