The Knox School today announced that James North, Master Horseman from West Palm Beach, FL, has been appointed Director of Equestrian Programs on its Nissequogue campus. North’s leadership appointment begins on July 1, 2019, and includes the management of all equestrian training programs, staff, and facilities, with the goal of growing the programs in strength and outreach, and coaching student-athletes to reach the highest levels of competition. Additionally, Central Islip resident Amanda Cordingley has been appointed to the position of Assistant Director of Equestrian Programs and will be responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the School’s stables.
James North has extensive equestrian experience in stable management, horse care and training young riders to the National A Level. For 25 years, he has owned and operated Northland Farm stables in Greenwich, CT, and Wellington, FL, and competed at the international Grand Prix level in show jumper divisions. Rising through the American Horse Show Association/USEF, North won titles at AAA-rated horse shows including 2 zone hunter Horse of the Year Awards, Highest Score Award during the Winter Equestrian Festival and Circuit Champion on “Westfields,” and successfully competed on the American Grand Prix Association circuit. North coached student-athletes through the highly competitive Pony Finals, ASPCA Medal and USEF Maclay finals and Young Rider competitions. A great highlight to his teaching career includes coaching the gold medal team winner of the Jr. Nations Cup Gold Medal in Calgary, CA.
Amanda Cordingley brings a training experience through private stables and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) level of competition. Working at stables on Long Island and in Newtown, CT, Cordingley ensured professionalism in maintaining consistent schedules for riding, grooming and feeding show-quality horses. As captain of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Team at Johnson & Wales University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Cordingley gained well-rounded leadership skills and became well-versed in teamwork strategies necessary for the position of Assistant Director of Equestrian Programs at The Knox School.
“Our equestrian program is in great hands with this tremendously qualified new leadership team. We are thrilled to welcome these two accomplished professionals into our community” said Head of School Kristen Tillona-Baker while describing the enhanced vision that she has for the equestrian program at The Knox School.