Music, Art, and Riding

Music: Maddi Hicks

Davette Leonard

Davette has a BLS in Studio Arts from the University of Mary Washington, studied at the School of Visual Arts and the Corcoran School of Art, and is a member of the Washington Calligraphers Guild. She has taught at Hearthstone, Headwaters Workshops, Charlottesville Homeschool Enrichment classes, Rappahannock County Adult Education, and teaches as Artist in Residence at Rappahannock County Elementary School. Davette has had the pleasure of teaching figure drawing, painting, puppet making, claymation, botanical drawing, calligraphy, art history, mural painting and working on stage sets. Davette combines a passion for the Renaissance tradition of acute observation of nature and exacting draftsmanship with an enthusiasm for sharing these skills and methods with her students. Her work may be seen at, the Caulfield Gallery Web site, and the McGuffey Art Center.


At Belle Meade School, our equestrian program offers a wide range of activities that serve beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders. Lessons take place three times a week and involve a variety of activities: basic skills and technique, ring work, trail rides, jumping, training, equine therapy, and introductory fox hunting with local clubs. Additionally, the equestrian program runs a riding club that plans events and activities outside of school hours and organizes annual Belle Meade Equestrian trail rides (fall and spring) as club fundraisers.

Instructor, Alex Forte, has worked with horses most of life, growing up on a horse farm and riding from a young age. She has experience working with all abilities levels in a variety of settings both formally and informally. Alex loves the exhilarating feeling of freedom she has when getting on a horse and riding through the countryside of Rappahannock County!

Belle Meade School