Come Join the Family!

Located in beautiful Carroll County, Full Moon Farm is a family-owned and operated full-service equine facility. Convenient to Reisterstown, Westminster, and Ellicott City, the farm encompasses 80+ acres.

We have a 60′ x 240′ indoor arena, allowing us to offer year-round lessons. In addition, we have two outdoor arenas– a 80′ x 160′ lighted ring and a 240′ x 400′ show/schooling ring. We have two cross country courses– a Starter course and a larger course featuring a water complex, bank complex, ditches, trakheners, and obstacles from Intro through Training level.

Our lesson program focuses on providing a safe and enjoyable atmosphere in which everyone can learn English riding skills and horsemanship. We have the instructors, horses, and facilities to accommodate all levels– from beginners to international competitors. We are home to a wide variety of riders– from those that ride once a week to those that ride every day and compete across the country.

To see for yourself what makes us special, please call us at 410-795-8371 to schedule an evaluation lesson!

The Fulton family: David Ziegler, Savannah "Woodge", Grace, Karen, and Stephen with Captain Jack at the 2019 Badminton Horse Trials.

Meet Our Team

Karen Fulton

Owner & Head Trainer

Karen and her husband Stephen have owned and operated Full Moon Farm at its Finksburg location since 1994. Karen is the Vice Chair of the Maryland Horse Industry Board.

Karen has a BS in Animal Science from Purdue University and an MS in Comparative Animal Nutrition from Michigan State. She helped to establish Purdue’s first intercollegiate riding team and participated on the horse judging teams at PU and MSU both as a competitor and coach.

Stephen Fulton

Owner & Farrier

Stephen works full-time as a farrier alongside his wonderful crew. When he’s not busy shoeing horses, he trains under the superb tutelage of his wife, Karen, and competes in Horse Trials across the East Coast.

Stephen has a BA in Equine Studies from Salem University and a Horse Master’s certificate from Meredith Manor. He is a graduate of Oklahoma’s Farrier College and is certified by the International Association of Professional Farriers.

Christine Hryzak

Instructor & Camp Director

Christine began riding as a kid, and was lucky enough to have her own horse at home. She initially joined Full Moon Farm as a rider, and in July 2020, she became a member of the staff! Christine enjoys eventing and competing in various horse shows with her partner SOL.

Christine has a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Loyola University of Maryland and an MA in Administration & Supervision from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

David Ziegler

Instructor
David joined Full Moon as a member of the family, meaning it was only a matter of time before he became a member of the staff! A former eventer, David now specializes in dressage. He is an accomplished Grand Prix dressage rider, and acts as Chef d’equips for the Canadian Young Rider Dressage team. Along with his partner, Woodge, he runs FMF Equestrian.

Michelle Benczkowski

Instructor

Michelle has been a member of the Full Moon Farm family for two decades. She has done just about everything here– from teaching lessons, to coaching equitation teams, to running shows.

Marisa Evans

Instructor

Marisa is our newest addition to the team! A rider herself, she has brought four of her adorable paint ponies with her. We’re looking forward to having her with us for a long time! When she’s not teaching or riding her horse, Dexter, she can be found wrangling her four kids… and her husband!

Emily Jacobs

Instructor
The majority of Emily’s training and coaching has been at Full Moon Farm, starting from the age of 8. Emily rode for the Susquehanna University equestrian team and competed in the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) from 2011-2015. She served as Captain for her team from 2012-2013. Emily started teaching at Full Moon Farm at the beginning of 2021, and works mostly with beginner riders to help strengthen their core skills.
 
Emily has a BS in Psychology with an emphasis in Biology from Susquehanna University and an MA in Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University.

Amanda Darby

Instructor
Amanda began riding at 3 years old and was trained primarily in West Virginia under Michelle Koury. She grew up competing USHJA and USEA in PA, MD, VA, OH, and NY. Amanda now coaches the our NCSSEL “C” team and rides on our NCAEL Adult team
 
Amanda has a degree in English and Art History from West Virginia University.

Adam Kapela

Manager of Operations

Adam has been part of the Full Moon family for quite a few years now. He can just about always be found somewhere on the property, whether he’s caring for the horses at Goose Barn or fixing something the horses have broken!

Ashley Pearman

Barn & Office Manager

Ashley joined Full Moon Farm in 2017, with no horse experience beyond annual childhood trail rides. Since then, she has gone from helping in the office a few hours a week to running the barn full-time. From scheduling lessons to serving as show secretary at our Horse Trials, Ashley has a hand in just about everything around the farm. If she’s not taking care of the horses or the office, she can be found training her mini Oliver (the cutest horse in the world!) or learning to ride a horse.

Ashley has a BA in Psychology and Spanish from Goucher College.

Savannah "Woodge" Fulton

Instructor & Clinician

Woodge grew up at Full Moon Farm, with her mother (Karen) as her first instructor. Initially, she competed in most disciplines except dressage. She did her last two years of high school online, as she started as a working student for Buck Davidson. During this time, she met Captain Jack, and the two went on to compete internationally together up through the 5* level.

After training for a year together in Germany, Woodge and Captain Jack returned home to live and train at Full Moon’s Goose Barn, which is now home to Woodge & David’s FMF Equestrian.

Woodge is available to teach lessons and clinics to those who wish to improve their eventing skills.

Grace Fulton

Instructor & Clinician

Grace grew up at Full Moon Farm, with her mother (Karen) as her first instructor. Grace is an experienced eventer and polo player.

Grace just graduated from University of South Carolina Aiken, and will be starting her Master’s program at American University in the fall.

Grace is available to teach lessons and clinics to those who wish to improve their eventing and equitation skills.

Zellie Wothers

Instructor & Clinician

Zellie grew up riding at Full Moon Farm and competed on our NCSSEL, NCEL, and IEA equitation teams. She won the Baltimore County Children’s Medal Finals, Josey Mohler Medal Finals, Virginia Horse Show Association Children’s Medal Finals, and the Southwest Virginia Children’s and Adult Medal Finals.

Zellie went on to compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) for Bridgewater College, where she won an individual National Championship in 2017.

Zellie coaches our IEA team and is available to teach lessons and clinics to those who wish to improve their equitation skills.

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COVID-19 Information

We are open on a modified schedule.
Please read our current policies below.

EVERYONE on the farm MUST:

 

At this time, parents/spectators are not permitted up at the barn or riding arenas, unless their rider meets ANY of the criteria below:

  • 6 years of age or younger
  • has had fewer than 6 lessons here at FMF
  • is at the barn for a practice/lease/free ride
 

If a rider meets any of those criteria, ONE parent/spectator may accompany them to the barn and may watch their lesson from the PCU (viewing room). Spectators must check in with the instructor to be granted access to the PCU.