IN THE WORLD OF HORSES THERE'S THE RIGHT WAY, THE WRONG WAY AND THEN THERE'S THE RIDGEWAY.
It's not about winning or losing, it's about accepting the challenge.
Train for Success
Private Lessons are encouraged for beginner riders for their first 3-4 rides until they have good control of their horses. It's also recommended for advanced riders getting ready for an upcoming competition.
Group Lessons can be tailored to family units (multiple siblings riding together) and are encouraged for all other riders.
Improve Your Game
I've had the luxury of working with a wide variety of Horse Breeds for both Professional Competitions as well as Owner enjoyment. I love what I do and the horses that I'm fortunate enough to work with.
My background is very heavily classical Dressage. I've successfully trained (Horses and Riders) as well as competed in Eventing, Dressage, Hunter/Jumpers, Pleasure - Show Hack, Sport Horse Under Saddle and Sport Horse in Hand.
I love Western as much as I do English especially now with the new Classes available. I love training the Working Western horse and Rider. Including Trail (both in the Arena and Out), Pleasure and Western Dressage and Working Equitation.
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
Vincent van Gogh
A BIT ABOUT ME
Your Horse Riding Instructor
My riding background is Dressage based, however during my late teens and throughout my twenties I rode anything, anywhere, from a two year stint riding with a Circus Troupe to Breaking, Training and Exercising horses for the track. There's not much I haven't tried on a horse, except rope, I can't throw a rope to save my life. I'm pretty good a catching buckets on the ground after about 5 tries though, so...buckets beware...cattle? They are perfectly safe from being caught around me.
I learned Classical Dressage in the mid eighties, and learned long lining techniques along with High School Riding from a gentleman from the Spanish Riding School in Jerez, Spain.
I owned, bred and showed Half Arabian Sport Horses at the time, which are pretty versatile, or used to be, one horse could show in several disciplines at just one show. So during each show I was riding Saddle Seat, Hunter/Jumpers, Trail, Western Pleasure and the working Western Classes, along with Dressage. I learned early on that what I had learned with regards to the basics of Dressage could really be applied to every other discipline I was riding in.
In the late 80's until the min 90's I worked out of a barn that was often host to the top European trainers/Clinicians in Dressage, Eventing and Jumpers (think Olympics). I spent several years learning different training and coaching techniques for both horse and rider.
I rarely worked with beginner riders my first 15-20 years of coaching, it wasn't until I had to teach my own kids to ride and then became involved with our local 4H, that I learned how to go from coaching a rider at an International Event to "this is how you hold your reins".
It was quite a leap and honestly took a few years to develop my teaching lessons but now it is what I love most, being there at the beginning, teaching someone correctly at the start and then watching them grow to love the sport of riding.