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Weekend Equestrian Program


Ival Kovner

Ival Stratford-Kovner, MS, MFA

 After completing her under graduate degree in fine arts at Boston University, Ival sailed to the USVI where she was art director of St. Croix Country Day School offering a "gusto" program of intense concentrations and including therapeutic riding at the estate where several of the teachers managed eight horses.  After leaving St. Croix, Ival apprenticed to a master woodscraftsman while living in the Green Mountain Forest in Vermont and literally climbed and painted ski towers in the Summer.  Her MS and MFA degrees are in Communications/Education and Painting.  Her focus remains on the horse as an academic in New England colleges and at DeCordova Museum School. Moving back to Connecticut seven years ago, she completed horse guard training and was voted historian for the local guard.  She decided to record the troop history in drawings that became a NYC solo exhibition at Blue Mountain Gallery called "Horse Drawn".  Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont is the site for cancer survivor workshops she offers each Spring as a twenty years breast cancer survivor.  An MoMA-approved Alzheimers painting course at the Jewish Federation and Mattatuck Museum resulted in her meeting Susan Sieber. She is a Kennedy Center's Teaching Artist and International Strasbourg/Boston Sister City Exchange Artist. Newtown's town clerk hosts "Swim" an eight foot long charcoal drawing of the troop's horses swimming in LI Sound - offering a healing sense of community.