The practice of dressage training influences all aspects of my
life. Here is a summary of what I practice and try to share with my
To do what I say I will do. To give excellent value and care. To
give honest evaluations of myself, my horses, and my students.
of the horse
To progressively develop each horse into a strong, healthy animal,
correctly handled, ridden, and conditioned. To create a partnership
grounded on an understanding of the true nature of horses, and
the classical scale of training.
Goal setting gives form and motivation to the practice of dressage.
Whether it is showing, going to clinics, or staying home and
concentrating on moving up a level, I encourage my students to
compete for year-end awards, earn their USDF medals, and advance
though the levels. I also strongly believe in supporting the
many wonderful educational programs offered locally through our
USDF group member organizations.
Enjoying the process
When we train horses, each day is a step forward in creating something
beautiful. I try to foster an environment where my students can
enjoy the small improvements. We “make haste slowly”(Anders
Lindgren), by working very hard, but with no rush to get it done
today. The barn atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, while at
the same time orderly, organized, and clean.
sizeable portion of the riding task is coming to grips with oneself.” (Erik
To be successful takes an immense dose of patience, an inner calmness,
discipline, and determination. Frustration is the greatest impediment
and always arrives when we run out of skill, technique, and knowledge.
It is also inevitable. Addressing weaknesses and limitations without
judgment creates better riders, trainers, and all around nicer
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