New Equestrian Coach is Teacher, Trainer and Artist

Published on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Becker College announces the appointment of Trina Baker as coach of the Hawks equestrian team and director of the Becker College Equestrian Center in Paxton, Mass.

A rider for most of her life, Baker has run her own equestrian business since 2005, training award-winning horses and riders in hunt seat equitation. As a trainer, Baker has earned recognition at local, state, and regional competitions. As a college competitor, she was 1987 National Champion and 1988 Reserve Champion at Intercollegiate Horse Show Association hunt seat equitation finals. Baker showed her own horse in the 4’6” jumpers and has competed in Massachusetts, Maine, and New England finals.

Baker has trained and coached riders and horses at StoneyMeade Farm in Concord, Mass. and New Boston Farm in Grey, Maine, as well as numerous stables in New England. She taught at Indian and Forest Summer Camps in Fryeburg, Maine, with CJ Law, now equitation program director and coach at Mount Holyoke College.

As an artist, Baker has shown her work nationally. She has developed curriculum and taught art courses, including drawing, computer arts, animation, and 2-D design, at the former Governor Dummer Academy (now the Governor’s Academy) in Byfield, Mass., University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Boston Architectural Center, Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord, Mass., and the Chatham Hall School in Chatham, Va. 

Baker holds bachelor degrees from Mount Holyoke College and Maine College of Art and a master’s degree from University of Pennsylvania.