Darlene Kemper

is the head instructor at Kemper Knoll, and has been riding and competing since 1978. She holds a Master of Education degree from James Madison University. Darlene is well-known for her work with students of all ages and skill levels.

Her specialty is working on improving the knowledge and skill level of her students, while also increasing their self confidence. 

Darlene is a past president of the Southwest Virginia Hunter Jumper Association (2 terms), a member of the SWVH/JA board of Directors (4 terms), and a past President of the Glenmore Hunt Club.

She has contributed various articles for publication in various horse journals and is currently working on a book about the horse industry. Ask her about this, and you just may get a sample story!

Her students have competed locally, regionally and nationally, including such shows as Culpeper, WIHS, Roanoke Valley, Ocala and Upperville.

Darlene also started a local show series called the Great Beginnings, which is now in its 19th season. These shows provide a forum for young horses or young riders to begin their competition years in a user-friendly environment.

Darlene feels that well-educated horsemen and horsewomen contribute to the well-being of each horse in particular and to the betterment of the horse community overall.