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Who I Teach

- Professional riders, including a former USA Olympic 3-Day event team member, as well as other successful professionals.

- Competitive Adult Amateurs and Junior dressage riders.

- Hunter riders (improving flat work and jumping position).

- Pleasure and Novice level riders of all ages and disciplines.

Services offered:

  • Custom private and
    semi-private lessons.
  • Group lessons.
  • Clinics for one or
    more days.
  • Coaching at shows.
  • Pony Club groups.

​Teaching Locations:

  • Teaching weekly at farms throughout Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.  
  • Clinics nationwide by arrangement.

My Philosophy

I believe in combining RWYM Biomechanics and traditional dressage training. I have a wide range of traditional training and experience based on the British Horse Society system. It has given me not only the skills to ride and train horses, but also the theory of how to teach. To this solid foundation I incorporate the teaching of correct rider biomechanics, which I believe is the “missing link” in most riders.

I teach biomechanics using streamlined corrections for the rider, taught in 'bite-sized chunks'; using words, images, and a 'hands-on' kinetic approach; and noting the positive 'feedback' from the horse when correctly applied. These are not always 'quick fixes', but are sustainable corrections and significantly change the rider's skill level. Correct body awareness and feel is essential for riders of all levels, and can be the “icing on the cake” even for very accomplished riders.

I also use natural horsemanship when needed and advise my students on additional horse management aspects required for top performance. This approach helps me to address all areas of the horse/rider partnership. Lessons are adapted for each individual horse and rider. I love to teach and pass on my knowledge, and take pleasure in teaching all levels of riders and their horses. 

 

WHY RIDER BIOMECHANICS?

Enhance Your Riding Skills and Improve
Both Your Horse and Dressage Scores

I train with Biomechanics expert, Mary Wanless, author of “Ride with your Mind” (RWYM) books/DVDs. I first rode with Mary Wanless in 2007. At that time I was competing my homebred and trained, Prix St. George level horse, Radiance and together we had earned the USDF Silver medal. Radiance had a 'worker bee' attitude; some tension; and physical disadvantage of having only one eye (due to an injury as 6yr old). However, my main issue was that Radiance loved to offer flying changes during all canter work whether I had intentionally asked for them or not.

I had taken lessons with several good FEI trainers but they were not able to help me. Their responses were "half halt" more, "sit deeper", and "perhaps I should have Radiance in training in order to fix him"?

I wanted to get to the root of the problem. Over a 3 day clinic Mary addressed my body alignment, position and mental awareness. I noticed how seemingly small errors in my seat caused various "knock on effects" and further problems in my horse. No traditional instructor had ever evaluated me in this way, and it opened my eyes as to how important correct biomechanics are for every horse and rider.

By taking that knowledge and awareness of what was really going on in my body (totally new feelings), I was able to make corrections in my seat and core and thus changed my horse. I had not only acquired 'new tools' but had a much happier partnership with my horse! I continue training under Mary when she is in the USA.

 I am working towards the goal of becoming accredited with RWYM.