Meet Our Trainers

James North, Director of Equine Sciences

James North, Master Horseman from West Palm Beach, FL, has been appointed Director of Equine Sciences on its Nissequogue campus. North's leadership appointment began 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.

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.

To contact James North, please call (631) 686-1600 ext. 437, or email

Amanda Cordingley

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 Equine Sciences at The Knox School.

Amanda Cordingley

To contact Amanda Cordingley, please call (631) 686-1600 ext. 437, or email