Coach. Competitor. Trainer. Breeder.
became my passion early in life, and for the past 22 years I have
been working with horses specializing in the discipline of dressage.
horse career started at a very young age in the discipline of jumping.
I had been jumping for about 2 ½ years when it was suggested
to try dressage as well, in order to enhance my jumping skills.
And as much as I liked jumping, I loved dressage, and the rest as
they say is history.
next 12 years were spent training in the Classical Art of dressage
under the excellent tutelage of Frank Grelo of Cedar Mills.
upon graduation from college, I was presented with an opportunity
to become a working student for Gary & Jeannie Vander Ploeg.
For the next 5 years I worked and trained under the talented and
very experienced eye of Gary Vander Ploeg.
that 5 year period I was also afforded the opportunity to participate
in numerous high-level clinics with world-renowned judges and coaches
such as: Wolfgang H. Michaelis, Stephan Clarke, Dieter Schuele,
Albrecht Heidemann , Libby McMullen and many more.
have competed successfully at Grand Prix, Intermediere 1, and Prix
St. George levels. In my Grand Prix season I was a member of a Inter-mural
team at the Tournament of Champions.
was High Points Champion at the Medium 3 and Medium 4 Levels at
have been a Coach and Trainer full-time for the past 8 years, and
part-time for a few years prior to that. I do freelance as well
as teach at my own 106-acre farm just south of Shelburne.
with all the commitments involved in Coaching, Training and Competing
I still find time for the other great passion in my life and that
is the breeding of horses.
think my work speaks for itself when taken into consideration that
I was the sole trainer of my Lusitano stallion (Brioso) from the
time he was a yearling to his retirement at Grand Prix level.
an accomplished rider and instructor, my instruction methods build
upon the classical riding methods acquired in my formative years.
I tend to focus on confirming harmony of horse and rider using a
correct seat as an aid to balance in movement. I feel my unique
methods capture the best of horse and rider presenting a unique
and new approach in accomplishing harmony with your horse through
a correct seat - learning to ride within the rhythm of the horse.
I have a keen eye and the ability to give a rider the right tools
needed to maintain the correct seat in achieving balance in movement.
you are looking to better yourself as a rider for the competition
ring, want your horse trained in the art of dressage, or simply
want to learn how to connect better with your horse, through my
many years of experience I am without a doubt competent and ready
to assist you in accomplishing all or any of those goals.
more information regarding lessons, training, coaching, or for information
on one of our up and coming foals, please contact me at 519-925-0824
or email me at email@example.com