Find a Good Riding Instructor
who Meets Your Needs
Greenlawn Equestrian Center is a small, family-oriented riding school. We think it’s important that each student find a good riding instructor who meets their needs and makes them feel comfortable in their lesson.
We’ve brought together a great team of riding instructors , one of which might be the perfect riding instructor for you!
Please take the time to read about our staff and what makes each one special.
Vito & Janice Pizzonia, Owners
Vito and Janice started Greenlawn Equestrian Center in December of 2008. Both were raised in Centerport and together have raised four children in the community. Together they also own and manage Pizzonia Construction, Inc., a local residential construction company.
Janice received a BS in Computer Science and a MS in Technological Management from SUNY at Stony Brook. She is responsible for the office management of both businesses. Janice’s passion is natural wellness. She offers educational workshops on essential oils. She is an independent distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, which are regularly used in her home and at Greenlawn Equestrian Center.
Vito is responsible for the repairs and maintenance of Greenlawn Equestrian Center. He also oversees the stable hands. Vito’s top concern is maintaining the safety and cleanliness of the facility. He, along with his construction crew, perform all of the improvements at our facility.
Carry Markovich, Equestrian Manager
Carry brings a useful combination of business and equestrian experience to her role as Equestrian Operations Manager. She is a lifelong equestrian with her foundation established in the U.S. Pony Club system. Four years ago she started a second career to follow her equestrian passions. This followed a 25-year career in corporate communications and nonprofit fundraising.
Carry’s current discipline is endurance racing. This involves riding up to 100 miles in less than 24 hours. Before moving to Long Island she had begun competing at the FEI 1* level – a distance of 50 miles. She has cared for and trained internationally-competitive endurance horses. She has trained and competed on the personal horses of the Chef d’ Equipe (coach) of the US Endurance Team.
Carry currently serves as a communications and fundraising consultant to the US Endurance Athletes Association. This is a national nonprofit founded to raise money to support the U.S. Endurance Team. She is a member of USEF, FEI, the American Endurance Ride Conference, the US Equine Endurance Athletes Association, and the Eastern Competitive Trail Riding Association.
Carry does most of our riding lesson scheduling. Before scheduling your lesson she’ll ask a few questions about you and your riding. This helps her find a good riding instructor for you.
Perel Bausk, Assistant Manager and Riding Instructor
Perel began riding at 5 and has been working with horses ever since. Perel trained and taught lessons at a show stable in Maryland before returning to New York for nursing school.
Perel loves riding horses and sharing her riding experiences with her students. Perel loves helping riders gain confidence in both their riding and their horsemanship. Her goal is to guide every student to reach their greatest potential.
Christin Wray, Riding Instructor
She has experience as an assistant barn manager, show groom and riding instructor.
Christin has an extensive competitive background. She has spent time in the Czech Republic as a horse trainer. She also was a show rider at a Grand Prix show jumping stable.