Joanie Quirk hails from the heart of New Jersey horse country.  Joanie began riding at age 4 and was helping to run the family horse farm and care for the horses.  Riding came naturally to her and by age 12 she had already attained many English Equitation  and Hunter Championships including winning the coveted State 4h Championship on her Thoroughbred gelding “I Got Giggles”.  From there, Joanie focused primarily on competing in the AHSA Medal Classes and The Alfred B Maclay National Equitation classes.  Joanie’s background and education were enhanced by working with exceptional trainers including; Sandy Sternberg, George Morris, Michael Page, Frank Chapot, Gary Kunsman and Leslie Burr Howard.
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Joanie’s accomplishments include winning the NJPHA Gold Medal Rider award and College Scholarship in 1982.  The trophy is on display at Beval Saddlery in Gladstone, New Jersey.  Joanie also qualified and competed in the  National Medal Finals at Madison Square Garden, and National Maclay Finals in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, which only accepted the top 100 US equitation riders.  Along with competing on the Florida Circuit and Devon Horse Show,  Joanie also was chosen to compete in the USET Young Rider Talent search at the USET Headquarters in Gladstone New Jersey and was chosen as an alternate rider to represent the United State in Europe in 1982.
Now a wife and mother of 3 children, Joanie is happy to be a pleasure rider, horse trainer, and instructor at Natchez Bend and teach primarily for The Natchez Bend IEA Equestrian Team.  Joanie’s daughter Sarah is a student of Trish Franks and the family enjoys spending time at the barn and on the road showing and competing with Trish Franks.


  • Title Instructor
  • Experience 20+ years
  • Disiplines English