Amy Brumbach

(Head Instructor)

Amy started her riding career while attending North Carolina State University. Majoring in Animal Science with the goal for vet school, Amy worked at the NC State Equine Educational Unit and interned at Horizon Farms in Barrington, IL. While at Horizon Farms Amy fell in love with breeding and training, deciding not to go to vet school. After college Amy worked out several breeding farms and then decided to round out her resume with some teaching/training. After a year of apprenticing at a local stable in Mebane, NC, Amy decided that teaching was her calling. She continued teaching in the Durham/Chapel Hill area, while riding studying eventing and classical dressage with Toney Massinople, Emme Johnston and Helen Ingersoll, as well as several other clinicians.

 Amy has competed through Training Level Eventing, 1st level dressage, and 1m jumpers. Amy owns Journeyman Houdini, Deceptions Child, and Unpredictable (see more about them in the lesson horse bios) and unborn 2022 German Riding Pony foal (due May 5th, 2022 – we are VERY excited for this new addition!).
Amy loves to teach riders of all ages that are serious about their equestrian education. Since working with Helen Ingersoll, Amy has adopted the natural horsemanship and classical dressage fusion in her teaching and training. Amy develops all of her riders into independent, self-thinking riders, that push themselves to think outside the box and always for the good of the horse.

Suzan Hamilton

(Chief Operator of all Farm Projects)

Suzan is our wonder woman of all farm projects.  If it needs to get done, Suzan will figure out how.  Suzan also fills in as an instructor for our Pony Pal program. Suzan owns, Sullivan, a Palomino QH gelding that is used in our lesson program.  She and Sullivan love to trail ride and compete in hunter paces.

Helen Ingersoll

(Adjunct Instructor)

Helen Ingersoll is the owner of Frog Pond Farm in Cedar Grove, NC and serves as an adjunct trainer at GWS. Helen brings a combination of natural horsemanship and dressage to create a horse that understands balance, softness and confidence. Amy and Helen often work together on training horses, as well as Amy’s personal horses. Helen teaches monthly clinics at GWS that are open to all of our students, as well as outside riders.

Ceren Iz

Ceren is a rising senior at UNC Chapel Hill who has been riding since she was 9 years old. She started out in the hunter world but discovered the wonderful world of eventing during her early college years. Ceren hopes to bring a horse of her own into her family to begin building a relationship with and competing with. She started teaching at GaitWay in the fall of 2021 and has enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of students own journeys as they grow into the riding world!

Miranda Levin

Miranda is a Junior at NC State University and is originally from Atlanta, GA. She started taking riding lessons at 8 years old in the hunter ring, but at 13 found eventing and Pony Club and fell in love! Currently, Miranda and her pony, Van Gogh, are competing beginner novice level eventing with the Eventing Team at NC State and are working on moving up to First Level dressage in the spring. Miranda started teaching in the spring of 2018 as a beginner’s instructor. She taught four year olds to adults reentering the sport and aims for the student to learn something new in every lesson with a smile on their face!

Bon Jovi

(Barn Mascot)

Bon Jovi is Amy’s 1 year old pup who is the GaitWay Stables Mascot. He is a super friendly dog who will greet you everytime you pull up to the barn. ​