Well educated with deep equine knowledge.
Open to always learning more.
A fun, effective teacher.
Caring, hands-on Manager.
Teach/Train with "Classical" to "natural" style and great "feel".
Passionate about my field.
Creative yet organized.
Happy and upbeat.
A kind-heart, sharp mind, common sense and proper horsemanship.
Duties of Current Occupation
Sole Charge. Autonomous Manager/Trainer of English, riding program.
School, buy, develop, condition horses. Maintain/oversee all care /nutritional/ medical/farrier.
Seasonally adjust routines accordingly for best care.
Equine Work Experience
H&Js, equitation, dressage, back country packing, racing, western, endurance, eventing, foals, youngstock, starting, broodmares, stallions, lay-ups/rehabbing.
You name it, I've done it.
Presently I love to focus on good, slow, horse training & development by utlizing proper, classical, in-hand and lunging techniques with precise and correct conditioning with the long-term goal to develop the horses back and body so that they use themselves properly, move well and remain sound.
Specialize in position and development of rider/horse balance and rhythm.
Utilizing classical techniques, (influenced by many greats including: Ingrid/Reiner, Kyra Kyrklund, Mary Wanless, and Sally Swift) I challenge riders to check themselves continuously for accuracy of aids, position and breath.
Through example and visualization my riders become effective and happy with a solid line of communication to their horse so he remains "through", relaxed and moving his best.
Type of Ride Work
I currently ride many horses used by a variety of people though not at the upper levels. I school them and help make them suitable for my students and riders.
I have my own horse and a sale prospect and I am schooling at 2nd and some 3rd level dressage maneuvers with both. I have personal riding goals to do some lower level adult eventing, (again) for fun and for the challenge as well as moving up the levels in my dressage riding/showing.
Successfully competed through high-school in medal/Maclay and H&J AAA circuit on Long Island, NY. Hampton Classic, more.
Eventing through Training Level Region 1.
Successfully showed through 2nd level dressage on several client horses that I developed. Neda Alpha Dressage shows in New England/Florida.
Certified Barefoot Trimmer
Centered Riding - Completion 2 clinics.
Trained: Eric Horgan, Bevin Dugan, Sinead Halpin, John Zopatti, Jane Hamlin, Molly Cabral, Michael Page, more.
Areas of Expertise
Working with children
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Some of my students hacking out with me as escort.