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NEDA Education - Flextime
2013 NEDA Flextime Instructor Biographies:
Jane Ashley - Windsor, VT. Jane has performed successfully in three-day events, competitive trail rides, and dressage competitions. In dressage, she has trained several horses to Grand Prix level. She has earned USDF bronze and silver medals.
In recent years she has worked principally with well-known trainer Pam Goodrich. She is a USEF “r” judge. Jane teaches all levels. Her teaching focus is on the basics: developing a horse’s balance and gaits with emphasis on straightness and suppleness; improving a rider’s position and use of seat to ensure correct and effective application of aids. Stabling may be available.
Madeleine Austin – Williston, VT. Madeleine Austin trains horses and riders up to Grand Prix at her farm, Imajica. From an early show jumping and eventing background, she has been a dressage professional for nearly thirty years. She has won USDF awards
at all levels, always on horses she trained from the beginning. One of her strengths is the ability to teach riders how to feel what is correct so as to develop a harmonious partnership with their horses. She believes that the fundamentals of dressage will make any horse or rider better able to enjoy and excel in whatever discipline they may choose. Stabling is available.
Joy Bahniuk – Harvard, MA. The owner and head trainer of Cadence Farm, Joy is a successful competitor in Region 8. Joy has started horses from three years old and trained them up to the FEI levels. She has trained young riders from walk-trot to successful FEI riders, most notably her daughter, Mary Bahniuk Lauritsen. Joy has coached at the USEF National Equitation Finals, Dressage at Devon and the NAJYRC. Joy holds USDF bronze and silver medals. She enjoys working with riders of all levels and all types of horses. www.CadenceFarmInc.com. Stabling and a school horse available.
Beth Baumert – Columbia, CT. Beth Baumert operates Cloverlea Farm where she trains horses and riders from Training Level through Grand Prix. She and her husband Alan have owned the farm for 37 years. Their daughter Jennifer Baumert operates Cloverlea Dressage LLC in NC and Loxahatchee, FL. Beth is a USDF Certified instructor through Fourth Level and an “L” graduate with distinction of the USDF judging program. She served as the technical editor for Dressage Today magazine for more than fifteen years. In that capacity, she was in constant contact with the best dressage riders in the world as they wrote about the technical aspects of dressage. Stabling not available.
Beth Beukema – Rehoboth, MA. Beth is the Director of the Center for Equine Studies at Johnson and Wales University. She holds an “R” judge’s license in Dressage. A graduate of the Eckart Meyners’ Balance in Motion program, she incorporates these techniques into her teaching. Through mounted and unmounted exercises, efficient results can be obtained in training the rider to move with the horse’s oscillations and develop harmony with the horse. Beth particularly enjoys working with riders on the development of the seat and the correct use of the aids. Students may wish to practice a dressage test and work on portions of the test that need development. Summer is the best time for availability. Stabling and not available.
Kimberly Brown Edelmann - Warner, NH. Kimberley is a USDF bronze medalist, has earned several titles including NEDA's 2010 Freestyle Champion (USDF Levels),has competed successfully thru 4th level, and is an ARIA Certified Dressage Instructor. She began competing in dressage in the 1980s in Los Angeles, training with Grand Prix riders Louise Koch, Zola DaVirro, and Jan Hansen of Holland. While living in Europe for 12 years, Kimberley trained with Robert Pickles, a Fellow of the BHS, Jan Nivelle, and Christine Stuckelberger. Using natural horsemanship to start and train horses, Kimberley gives priority to happy horses and safe working partnerships between horse and rider. Kimberley's farm, Kearsarge Meadows, includes a dust-free indoor arena, a 20 x 60M outdoor arena, and sound system for freestyle to music work. Insured to teach off site. www.kearsarge-meadows.com Schoolmasters and stabling usually available.
Rita Brown – Scituate, MA. Rita Brown is the head trainer at Longmeadow Farm in Scituate, Mass. She has earned her USDF bronze, silver and gold medals, holds a bachelors degree of science in animal science and equine studies and is a USDF certified “L” judge since 1996. Rita has helped many students earn their bronze and silver medals and enjoys competing her own horse as well as her horses in training. “I enjoy working with horse and rider combinations that have a good basis of dressage and are interested in understanding how the training scale will improve their overall performance as a team.” Stabling available.
Roberta ‘Bobbi’ Carleton – Salisbury, CT. Bobbi Carleton is a USDF “L” graduate with distinction and a USDF bronze and silver medalist. She is the trainer and manager of Weatogue Stables in Salisbury, CT. The focus at the farm is on developing dressage and event horses into happy and athletic individuals with well rounded educations. Bobbi enjoys working with both lower level riders and green horses and helping them to build their potential through solid basics. She is an active competitor, showing both her own and clients’ horses through the FEI levels as well as eventing. Stabling and lesson horses available.
Helen Cast – Georgetown, MA. Helen was born in Surrey, England, where she apprenticed for certification with the British Horse Society & was first introduced to dressage by Donald Kear, a student of Charles deKunffy. Continuing her dressage training in the USA with Kathy Connelly, Helen has also worked with Henk Van Bergen, Pam Goodrich, Gary Rockwell, Karl Mikolka, Michelle Gibson, Dr Cesar Parra, Dotti Morkis, Annemieke Vincourt, Tom Noone, Bent Jensen & Janet Foy. Helen obtained her gold & silver medals on two horses that she trained to GP in the USA; “Nautical” & “Fig Newton”. www.helencastdressage
Nancy Chandler-Conrey - Waterboro, ME. Grand Prix Dressage rider. Nancy has been riding 45+ years, training and teaching for 30+ years. Pony Club, Competitive Trail Riding and Dressage background. Her primary instructors have been Sue Jaccoma, Karl Mikolka and Kathy Connelly. She has also worked with Sharon McCusker, Dr. HLM van Schaik, J. Michael Kirkegaard and Cindy Sydnor. She has ridden in several clinics with Lilo Fore, Judy Westlake, Shelley Francis, Ann Guptill and others. Long time director and past Vice President of SMDA. She has won numerous year end awards with SMDA, MDS and NEDA. She is a USDF Silver & Gold Medalist and MDS Silver, Gold & Platinum Medalist. Trained and successfully competed her special horse Klassic through Grand Prix. Currently bringing along her challenging 9 year old Dutch gelding Zeppo. Kind and sensitive approach to teaching and love working with students of all levels. She especially loves working with children and adult amateurs. She is the Viral Vector Core Manager at Maine Medical Center Research Institute and fully understands the dedication and commitment that it requires to ride and train while holding down a full-time job. Students may truck in to her Lyman, ME farm or she will travel. School horse may be available.
Yvonn Coleman-Larsen – Deerfield, NH. Yvonn is a USDF certified instructor and USDF L graduate. She covers 7 states giving clinics and judging shows. Yvonn trained and competed in Denmark to FEI Levels. She bases her instruction on proven classical dressage concepts using innovative yet simple to understand methods. Yvonn has studied with top international instructors such as Kyra Kyrklund who share her philosophies. She teaches all levels and creates a customized training plan geared to the ability and goals of the student; emphasizing the importance of understanding where the rider wants to go with their training and why different methods work. A school horse and stabling is available.
Leah Conathan – Duxbury, MA. Leah has been teaching dressage to adult amateurs for the last 15 years. Her success in teaching comes from her ability to give her students the confidence and skills necessary to ride and compete. Leah has a lifetime of experience correctly starting young horses giving them the same confidence she inspires in her students. Her systematic and classical approach to riding and training is also patient and understanding, creating a consistent positive environment for both student and horse. Leah is currently competing at 4th level working towards her USDF silver medal and is training with Kathy Von Ertfelda. Students through 2nd level. Stabling is not available.
Joy Congdon - Shelburne, VT. Joy operates her training and teaching business, Still Point Dressage in Shelburne, VT. She is a USDF certified instructor through fourth level, a USDF graduate “L” judge and a USDF bronze and silver medalist. Joy was the assistant trainer to Kathy Connelly for seventeen years. She enjoys working with all levels of horses and riders, and uses a system of progressive exercises, with emphasis on the rider’s position to help students learn and have a clear program to follow on their own. She has worked with many different breeds and enjoys seeing the benefits that dressage can bring to any horse. She is a popular clinician throughout New England and has earned many USDF and NEDA year end awards.
www.joycongdondressage.com. Stabling not available.
Kathy Connelly – Concord, MA. Available on weekdays for Flextime lessons. Kathy is an international dressage rider, trainer and coach as well as an S level judge. She has won national titles at all the FEI levels including the US Grand Prix Championship and the US World Cup. One of Kathy’s specialties is training piaffe and passage on the long lines. Her horses and students have competed on Olympic teams, at the World Cup, the World Games and The Pan American Games, The Canadian World Cup and the US Young Rider Teams. She has acted as Chef d’Equipe for the US Dressage Team and coached the US Silver Medal winning YR team in Australia in 2003. Many successful international riders have trained with Kathy. She also trains many amateurs and young riders. Stabling is available.
Adam Cropper - Londonderry, NH. Adam Cropper is a U.S.D.F. Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist and a graduate of the U.S.D.F. "L" program with Distinction. He has competed many horses of various breeds at the FEI level all of which he trained himself. Many of his Students have earned their Bronze and Silver medals as well as many regional and national awards. Adam is happy to work with riders of all levels and ages. Stabling is available.
Dorothy Demis - Townsend, MA. Dot Demis is a USDF bronze, silver, and gold medalist on horses shehas trained herself. Her horse Fabian, was 14th for USDF Horse of the Year at the Intermediare II level in 2001. She has been retired from competition
since 2004, but regularly brings students of all levels to recognized shows. In addition, she is a USEF 'R' Dressage Judge and has applied for promotion to 'S'. She is a popular clinician and judge throughout the region. She specializes in helping adult amateurs improve their connection and maximizing their potential both in the ring and out. Several of her students have achieved their bronze and silver medal scores in addition to regional and national awards. She owns and operates Settlement Farm in Townsend, MA along with her husband, Nick. www.settlementfarm.net Stabling is available.
Gretchen Demone - Rehoboth, MA. Gretchen is a graduate of the USDF “L” Judges program, a USDF Certified instructor/Trainer, and a silver medalist. Gretchen has trained with Kathy Connelly for five years. Gretchen accepts all levels of horses and riders. Her students range from beginner riders to serious competitors. She is more interested in a student’s willingness to learn and the effort that is put into improving, than in the current level of the rider. Her business is based on traveling to her students in the SE MA or RI area. Focusing first and foremost on correct dressage basics, she often incorporates natural horsemanship, jumping, trail riding and galloping inter cross training program. www.gretchendemone.com. Stabling and a schoolmaster are available
David Donnelly - Old Chatham, NY David began dressage training in 1978 at the Potomac Horse Center's (PHC) Horsemaster Course with Pam Goodrich. David also worked at the Royal Lipizzan Stallion Show and was a working student for both Chuck Grant and Eicke Von Velthem. He went on to train classical Andalusians at the Kingdom of Dancing Stallions under Wolfgang Dellefont. David worked as Bereiter in a top german sales barn, and was also a working student at Reitinstitute Von Neindorf in Karlsruhe, Germany under Egon Von Neindorf. With over 30 years experience, David specializes in a holistic approach, practicing techniques of the French and modern classical schools to train horses and riders in all levels of dressage with a primary focus on lightness and a relaxed responsiveness. He is also skilled in gymnastic longing, work in-hand, and long reining, as well as pillars. www.frenchlightdressage.com Stabling and a school horse available
Martyna Echilczuk-Morris - Dunbarton, NH Born in Poland, Martyna started her riding career with a varied experience combining dressage and jumping as well as some eventing and even trick training. She has been focusing on dressage through FEI since college and with her current horse Tycho she has been competing in New England since 2009. This year Martyna and Tycho were ranked 8th in New England at I1. Tycho is now schooling all of the Grand Prix work and is trying to learn to jump for fun as well.
Martyna operates Aardvark Stables in Dunbarton NH where she is developing a program for riders and horses to get a complete and rounded education. Her training philosophy has been influenced by many trainers including Pam Goodrich, Conrad Schumacher, Karl Mikolka, Henk van Bergen, Karin Retera (Holland) and many others from dressage, jumping and even reining.
Martyna strongly believes in seat education for the rider, which includes not only correct position but also understanding of how the seat works in influencing the horse. Martyna utilizes a combination of lessons on her schoolmasters, gymnastic lunge lessons, sometimes bridle-less lessons and a good understanding of theory to help her students reach their maximum potential. Martyna is very passionate about teaching and enjoys students of any level or ability. She continues to educate herself about recent findings of research in exercise science and she utilizes that knowledge in her teaching and training.
Martyna also believes in a well rounded education for the horses and brings in her experience from various disciplines to each horse's program which always includes some cross-training like jumping or hacking. She especially enjoys working with difficult horses and solving problems as well as starting youngsters. She always keeps a relaxed attitude and loves sharing her knowledge that she gathered from her time spent in Europe and United States. She is truly passionate about teaching and training and hopes to keep gathering new knowledge, expanding her own experience and continue to find new methods or approaches to help students and horses along on their path to success. School horses and stabling available, will travel up to 45 minutes.
Leslie de Grandmaison – Auburn, NH. For over 25 years, Leslie de Grandmaison has ridden and trained horses for dressage and eventing. She holds USDF bronze and silver medals, achieved USDF “L” graduate with distinction, and is British Horse Society Assistant Instructor Certified. She has competed successfully at Devon and won NEDA YEA Open Reserve Championships at Third Level in 2009 and placed third at Fourth Level in 2010. With strong emphasis on correct rider position and appropriate advancement, Leslie’s balanced and systematic teaching style creates happy, healthy and successful horse and rider teams. For more information and full bio, please visit www.saltboxfarmdress.com Stabling is available.
Gretchen DeMone – Rehoboth, MA. Gretchen is a graduate of the USDF “L” Judges program, a USDF Certified instructor/Trainer, and a silver medalist. Gretchen has trained with Kathy Connelly for five years. Gretchen accepts all levels of horses and riders. Her students range from beginner riders to serious competitors. She is more interested in a student’s willingness to learn and the effort that is put into improving, than in the current level of the rider. Her business is based on traveling to her students in the SE MA or RI area. Focusing first and foremost on correct dressage basics, she often incorporates natural horsemanship, jumping, trail riding and galloping inter cross training program. www.demonedressage.com. Stabling and a schoolmaster is available.
Olav Drehn – Millbrook, NY. Olav achieved his Bereiter license in 1969 and has trained many horses and students to the FEI levels. His philosophy holds that keeping a horse happy serves as the foundation for strong development of natural athletic ability and a good work ethic. He strives to bring your horse to its peak gymnastic development while helping you form the close connections and understanding that result in a true partnership that is effortless and relaxed. By focusing on the basics of correct position, balance, soft and light aids, the idea that less is better, and the lighter the horse gets, the more you can collect it. Stabling is not available.
Danielle Gavriluk – South Dartmouth, MA. Danielle Gavriluk is a USDF bronze, silver and gold medalist who has trained and shown many horses through the FEI levels. She also imports, trains and sells top quality Hanoverians. Danielle owns and operates Salt Marsh Farm, a successful and experienced dressage facility on 50 acres overlooking Buzzards Bay. Danielle offers year round classical dressage training for horse and rider. Truck in lessons are welcome and lessons are available on our FEI schoolmaster “Pinot”, who is fun to ride, safe, and well trained. www.saltmarshfarmdressage.com Stabling is not available.
Sarah Geikie – Lebanon, CT. Sarah is currently a USEF S judge and FEI C judge. Sarah has her USDF bronze and silver medals. She is a USDF instructor education faculty member and is certified through fourth level. She judges and conducts clinics throughout the country. Sarah's training philosophy is to present an educated approach to riding and training. Stressing an integrated approach in her teaching, she works to improve the rider's technique and communication with the horse as well as to address and improve the horse's strengths and weakness according to the Training Scale. She offers a positive approach that emphasizes positive reinforcement to both horse and rider, with the development of harmony very important.
Emily Gershberg Wyman – Hudson, NY. Emily has trained out of her family's Apple Hill Farm Dressage Center, LLC, for the last 22 years. She is a USDF Certified instructor through 4th level and has trained and competed many horses from training level through FEI. In 2004, she trained in Germany with Ulla Salzgeber. Emily enjoys working with students of all levels and particularly enjoys working with capable young horses. Stabling may be available.
Pamela Goodrich – Boscawen, NH. USDF silver and gold medalist, Pamela Goodrich has received numerous regional and national awards on over 20 horses she has trained to Grand Prix. Touch Stone was USDF Grand Prix Freestyle Champion, Midas Touch competed in the World Games in Toronto and Donnerhit won the open Grand Prix and Wellington Classic in 2010. Pam’s students have competed successfully from Training Level to Grand Prix. They have competed in the Pan American Games, Olympic Sports Festivals, the World Cup, the World Equestrian Games, and the Olympics. She has coached riders who have won team Gold in the Pan American Games, competed in World Cup in S’Hertongenbosh, WEG, as well as national championships in the US.
Stabling is sometimes available.
Ann Marie Gregoire – Southwick, MA. Ann Marie Grégoire, a 25+ year member of NEDA, owns and operates Silvercryst Farm in Southwick, MA. where she has a well developed lesson and training program for her boarders and outside students. She also competed successfully through the Preliminary Level of Eventing before competing exclusively in dressage. She is a USDF Bronze Medalist earned with horses that she bred and has trained thru FEI Levels. Ann Marie was a four-time participant in NEDA sponsored USDF Instructor Seminars with Major Anders Lindgrenh and has studied with many fine riders including Lois Heyerdahl, Bruce Davidson, Pam Goodrich, Dorothy Morkis, and Dr. Van Scheik. She has audited most of the seminars offered by NEDA earning a USDF University certificate. Ann Marie is a breeder of Trakehner horses showing them in both breeding and riding. She has been a popular clinician for several NEDA breed handling clinics. Ann Marie believes that a correct position is the basis for becoming a good rider and she focuses on correct seat before moving on to more specific aspects of competition. Ann Marie is also a USEF licensed Dressage and Eventing judge for 30+ years and her judging experience give students an edge in competition as she is able to give an accurate picture of what the judge expects. She has ridden and trained three- and five-gated saddle horses, hunters, jumpers and even western reining horses. Ann Marie finds dressage to be the most fascinating discipline, as one can use traditional dressage training to improve every horse, no matter what his ultimate job is. Furthermore, she believes that any breed of horse can do dressage. Some breeds may have more potential than others, but in the lower levels, correct training can and should enable most horses to compete successfully with even the best of movers. Dressage is, after all, training - not just fancy movement. www.SilvercrystFarm.com A school horse is available and stabling may be available.
Ann Guptill – East Haddam, CT. Ann is a professional dressage rider, trainer, and instructor. She is a USDF Certified instructor and is an examiner for the USDF Instructor Certification Program. Ann has won numerous regional and national titles at all levels of dressage, with her career highlights including the 1987 Pan American Games Team Silver Medal. Ann competes a variety of breeds and types of horses in dressage and enjoys teaching students of all levels. Stabling is available. Riders need to sign a farm release when they arrive.
Susanne Handler – Ridgefield, CT. Susanne comes from Sweden, where she is a certified riding instructor from the " Stroemsholm" riding academy. She has been a AHSA/USEF Dressage judge since 1987, ( Large "R"). She has been involved in riding, training and teaching dressage for over 30 years, and has earned her bronze and silver USDF medals. She enjoys teaching all levels and all types of horses, and likes to emphasis the positive and fun in riding dressage, but still focusing on the correct use of aids, working towards the best "connection" with the most suppleness possible.
Heidi Jo Hauri-Gill – Enfield, NH. Heidi is most fond of teaching juniors, and has had a lot of success with her juniors at both the Region 8 Championships and Lendon’s Youth Festival. She works with AAs as well. If you are struggling with connection, or how the pyramid works, Heidi can help. As a USDF “L” she can help with fine tuning your performance as well. She trains to Fourth Level. www.firstchoiceridingacademy.com. Multiple school horses are available, stabling is available and there is a B&B ¼ mile from the farm.
Meg Hilly - Waitsfield, VT. Meg apprenticed Philip Ake at Ox Ridge Hunt Club in Darien, CT. between high school and college. After earning her degree in Education from UVM, Meg attended the rigorous 9 month Instructors Course at Morven Park International Equestrian Institute in Leesburg, VA, under Major John Lynch and was examined by Mary Rose of the British Horse Society. Meg apprenticed FEI rider and USDF Instructor Melanie Tenney. She is certified to teach using Centered Riding Techniques and continues her association with Sally Swift and Centered Riding to this day. Meg is a fan of a holistic approach to teaching. Meg spent many years running her own school of horsemanship with summers in VT and winters in Wellington, Fl. Meg is a USDF “L” Judges Program graduate, is working toward her USDF Silver medal, and currently competes at Prix St. Georges. www.meghilly.com Stabling and school horses may be available
Mary A. Howard –Brentwood, NH. Mary Howard has won numerous Horse of the Year titles over the past 20 years. She has trained and competed successfully in Europe and was the highest ranked American rider in the Prix St Georges /Intermediare I at the 1986 World Championships. She was the winner at PSG/I1 level at the Pan Am Games in 1985, and was short listed for the 1988 Olympics. More recently, Mary has trained and competed Pik L to Intermediare I, with many wins locally and in Florida CDIs. “She enjoys teaching motivated willing riders at all levels, with an emphasis on position and the training scale.” Stabling is available.
Jane Karol - Concord, MA Jane is a U.S. Dressage Federation (USDF) bronze, silver and gold medalist. She has trained seven horses to Grand Prix, and has worked with many of the top clinicians in the world. She is currently engrossed in her work with the gifted Lendon Gray. In addition, she spent over twenty years learning from Gerrit-Claes Bierenbroodspot of the Netherlands. Jane opened Bear Spot Farm in Concord, MA in 1995. Home to 26 horses, the farm provides state-of-the-art care and structured training programs for horse and rider. Jane Karol is a doctoral-level psychologist and works with children and adults in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy. She established The Bear Spot Foundation for the Benefit of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in 2004. The Foundation’s mission is to bring the gifts of the horse into a directed psycho-therapeutic program for children, adolescents and adults. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Stabling is available.
Allison Kavey – Millbrook, NY. Allison Kavey is a USDF silver medalist, past participant in the NAYRC, and an established professional with a strong record of developing young or "difficult" horses into willing partners. Her recent competition results include qualifying for the small tour CDI at Devon in 2011 and top ribbons in the under saddle classes at the Devon breed show in 2012. She very much enjoys working with adult amateurs who want to improve their riding and their relationship with their horses. www.rivendelldressage.com Stabling is available and a school horse is sometimes available.
Nancy Later Lavoie - Ashby, MA. Nancy Later Lavoie has been around horses her entire life. She has competed at the Grand Prix level in the United States and Europe and is a Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist with the United States Dressage Federation (USDF). After High School, Nancy went to work for and train with Lendon Gray. She went on to work with Belinda Nairn (Wertman) and Jessica Ransehausen. She has also trained with top riders such as Robert Dover and Oded Shimoni in Centreville, MD www.nancylaterdressagehorses.com Stabling available and school horse sometimes available.
Shan Lawton – Dorchester, MA. Shan Lawton is a USDF Silver Medalist based at Larkspur Farm in Littleton, MA. He has trained with Karin Schlueter, Robert Dover, and Tom Noone. He has trained and competed through the Grand Prix level. Canadian Olympian Cindy Ishoy purchased Dakar from Shan at 6 and rode him at the Barcelona Olympics three years later. Shan’s students have consistent records of success in competition at all levels. In 2009 all of his students who competed qualified for regional championships (or, in the case of his junior rider, CADI). In 2010, his junior rider earned her bronze medal in one season. Stabling and a school horse may be available.
Jutta Lee – Woodstock, VT Jutta has been riding dressage for 40 years, training in Germany with Arthur Kottas Heldenberg and Stefan Radtke, a student of Arthur. Since moving to the US in 2009 Jutta has trained with Christoph Hess, Kathy Connelly and Bent Jensen. She has horses in all levels up to I -1. Jutta was a demo rider at the NEDA Fall Symposium in both 2010 and 2012 and also rode 2 horses at the Young Horse Forum 2011 with Christoph Hess and Michael Poulin. Her students have competed successfully up to third level. Jutta’s training approach rests very much on the German training scale with a strong emphasize on a correct seat for correct aids. Stabling and a school horse may be available.
Dee Loveless – Monson, MA. Dee is an USEF “R” judge; FEI trainer; USDF Silver & Bronze medalist; dressage coach, Mt. Holyoke College. Dee’s students include novice riders to FEI competitors; young riders; A/A’s and professionals. She currently competes a Han , I-2; Morgan, 3rd Level; 4 yr old Han., Training Level. Dee competed in hunt seat and eventing before specializing in dressage in 1990. Dee’s training comes from her work with a variety of instructors, old world classicists (Major Szilagyi, Captain deSzinay) modern trainers (Kathy Connelly, Mikala Gundersen, Roel Theunissen).
Jennifer Mahoney-Goland – North Andover, MA. Jennifer is a USDF bronze and silver medalist, FEI trainer and competitor. Jennifer has been teaching and training for the past 23 years on the north shore of Massachusetts. She teaches and trains riders and horses of all levels having brought several riders and many horses to the FEI levels. She has worked with several national and international trainers; Renate Lansburgh, Volker Brommann, Tuny Page, Roel Theunissen and Henk Van Bergen. She operates Sarval Dressage located in Hamilton, MA. www.sarvaldressage.com Stabling is available.
Jayne Marino – New Milford, CT Jayne Marino has been involved in the equestrian world professionally since 1984, after her graduation from Bryn Mawr College. She has in depth experience teaching and competing in all the sport horse disciplines, including hunter/jumpers, combined training and dressage. In 1994, Jayne was certified by ARICP in combined training. Jayne has turned her personal focus to dressage and is a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist. In 2010, she was USDF certified as an Instructor/Trainer through Fourth level and is currently apprenticing in the USDF Introductory Faculty Program. Jayne currently trains with Jacqueline Brooks, Roel Theunissen, Henk van Bergen and Maryal Barnett and also participates in local clinics. As Director of Mistover, Jayne makes the well-being of the horse a priority. As a teacher, she enjoys supporting the growth of partnership between horse and rider using a consistent training program. Stabling is available.
Suzanne Markham - Monson, MA Full bio coming soon. Stabling and PSG school horse available.
Holly Mason – Lincoln, RI. Holly Howard Mason specializes in the biomechanics of horse and rider. She has studied with many of the modern masters of dressage and has combined her extensive dressage knowledge with her design background, recently publishing “It’s Never Too Late". Her teaching is dedicated to helping riders understand the “why” behind what we do when we ride. “I enjoy helping riders grasp more clearly the physiological truths of humans sitting on horses. This allows riders to be better problem solvers, be more effective, and just have more fun”. More information about Holly Mason is available on her web site: www.dressagebydesign.com. Stabling is available.
Sharon McCusker – Ashby, MA. Sharon owns and operates dressage training facility, Souhegan Farm. A successful FEI trainer and competitor for over 15 years, Sharon had the opportunity to train with Pam Goodrich, Michael Poulin, Carl Lavell, and Klaus Balkenhol. In 2000, Sharon and her horse Peter the Great were on the USET long-list, and they were ranked 6th in the USDF National Rankings at Grand Prix. She’s also competed and earned many national and regional titles with other horses she’s trained such as Maestro and Weltheir. Sharon has coached three Young Riders to top placings at the NAYRC and has helped many of her Adult Amateur students earn their USDF medals. Stabling not available.
Bill McMullin - Stoughton, MA. Bill is a USDF certified instructor, a USDF silver medalist and USEF 'r' Judge. Since 1998 he and partner Bill Warren have been operating Warren-McMullin Dressage in Massachusetts from May thru November and in
FL from December thru April. For the past several years Bill has studied primarily with Conrad Schumacher and George Williams. This concentrated work with their classical approach has further strengthened Bill's teaching abilities and classical principles. Bill enjoys teaching riders of all abilities and especially using gymnastic exercises to show the rider how to produce a better result with their horse while emphasizing the importance of a correct rider position throughout. Stabling not available.
Gwyneth McPherson – New Gloucester, ME. Gwyneth is lead trainer and Director of Pineland Farms Equestrian Center. An FEI competitor since 1987, she has competed on six Young Riders Teams on 4 different horses, earning team gold, silver and bronze medals, as well as an individual gold medal. She has also earned her USDF bronze and silver medals and many national titles. She has trained 3 horses through Grand Prix, and has been teaching for over 20 years. Gwyneth teaches with an emphasis on position, proper usage of the aids, and fairness to the horse. She enjoys working with riders of all ages and levels. She has schoolmasters 2nd Level, 3rd Level, PSG and GP. The FEI horses are available to a rider who has taken at least one lesson with her. Stabling available. Pineland Farms is a breeding facility. All visiting horses must be vaccinated for Flu/Rhino no less than 2 weeks and no more than 6 months from their arrival.
Patty Montana – Raynham, MA. Patty is a USDF bronze and silver medalist and teaches out of Kyriebrook Farm in West Bridgewater, MA. She has been teaching and training for 20+ years from Training Level through FEI. She enjoys teaching both junior riders and amateur adults on horses and ponies, emphasizing correctness, confidence and harmony. She has participated in the NEDA Weekend with Ralf Isselhorst and the USDF Region 8 Clinic with Walter Zettle. Training primarily with Bill Warren, she has also had the opportunity to work with Shannon Dueck, Sue Jacoma, Ron Postleb, and George Williams. Stabling is available.
Annie Morris– Columbia, CT. Annie Morris is a USDF Certified Instructor through fourth level and a member of the faculty for the USDF's new Introductory Instructors program. She has received her bronze and silver medals competing successfully through Intermediare I and has trained horses of all ages and breeds at all levels through Grand Prix. She currently is the assistant trainer at Cloverlea Dressage CT with Beth Baumert. Her goal when teaching is to find ways for classical principles to help horses and riders in a concrete way. Stabling is available.
Deborah Moynihan – Bolton, CT. Deb is a USDF Certified instructor/Trainer (T-2), a USEA Certified Eventing Instructor (Level-1, Training) and a Level IV Centered Riding Instructor/Clinician. Her specialty is teaching the rider how to effectively use their body, learn feel, achieve balance, and properly communicate with their horse. She enjoys working with all levels of riders and horses. A school horse is available and stabling may be available.
Diana Mukpo – Providence, RI. Diana Mukpo is a USDF gold medalist. She was one of a few women ever admitted to the foreign student program at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. She then trained in Germany with Herbert Rehbein. She was long listed for the 2005 Young Horse Championships and is currently competing her horse Pascal on the Grand Prix circuit in the northeast and Florida. Diana enjoys working with horses and riders of all levels with focus on seat position and clear communication between horse and rider. See Dressage Daily Who’s Who for complete bio. Diana trains out of Cutler Farm in Medfield, MA. Stabling is sometimes available.
Jerilyn Nieder - Warner, NH Jerilyn Nieder is the owner/trainer of Twin Ridge Farm in Warner, NH. She is an "r" judge, has her USEF Bronze medal and is an FEI competitor. Jeri gives clinics around New England and enjoys teaching all levels. Having worked extensively with Karl Mikolka and Pam Goodrich, she has also been fortunate enough to ride with International trainer/riders such as Sue Blinks , Lilo Fore, Linda Zang , Carol Lavell, Lendon Gray, Jane Savoie , Cindy Sydnor and Shelly Francis. " Horses are the great joy and passion of my life and it is this love of the animal that forms the foundation of my personal philosophy on teaching people how to ride. It is the knowledgeable rider who's mount can realize his potential, perform his best, and enjoy doing it !". Stabling and well educated school horses are available.
Colleen O’Connor-Dzik – Holden, MA. Colleen O'Connor-Dzik's has trained many successful young horses and has trained and competed through Grand Prix, earning her USDF Bronze and Silver medals and is very close to earning her Gold. She is also adept at training and competing young and mature breeding stallions. Colleen is Assistant Trainer to Kathy Connelly with whom she has trained with extensively. She has worked in the past with many notable national and international trainers including the 2007 NEDA Symposium with Olympian Ingrid Klimke at Intermediaire I and in the 2009 NEDA Symposium with Christoph Hess at Intermediaire II. Colleen trains out of Elysium Farm in Harvard, Massachusetts. She enjoys working with horses and riders of all levels of ability. Stabling is available.
Linda Parmenter - Hubbardston, MA. Linda has been teaching and training horses and students for over twenty-five years, owns Pinehaven Farm and travels throughout New England for clinics. Linda has earned USDF bronze and silver medals and has won regional and national awards through FEI levels. Training over the years with such luminaries as Walter Christensen, Louise Nathorst, and Sue Blinks, Linda now regularly rides in clinics with internationally known Volker Bromman and Kathy Connelly. Linda enjoys working with riders and horses of all levels and disciplines and focuses on learning the German training scale as well as longeing for the rider. She is very committed to the horses’ harmony and soundness. 3rd level school master available. Stabling occasionally available.
Jodi Pearson-Keating – Hopkinton, MA. Jodi was a member of the 1983 Region 8 JR/YR Dressage Team that won Team Gold and is a USDF bronze and silver medalist who has competed several horses at FEI. Jodi currently trains with Christopher Hickey and Sharon McCusker and has also trained with Walter Christiansen, Louise Nathorst, Michael Poulin, Volker Bromman,, and Sue Blinks. She has AA and YR clients that pin consistently at shows and often achieve placings in HOY and NEDA’s year end programs. Those students who don’t show enjoy their horses while getting an education in classical dressage. Jodi’s primary focus is establishing the best program for each individual horse/rider pair keeping happiness, relaxation, and correct classical basics the priority. Stabling sometimes available.
Paula Pierce – South Hadley, MA Paula is a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level and Silver Medalist. She has been director of the Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center since 2004. Paula began to focus on dressage as a working student for Michael Poulin. Pierce continued her training with Meri Straz and eventually began working with Roel Theunissen at Wadsworth Farm in Danvers, MA. Pierce successfully competes her horse, Morendo, at Prix St Georges. A school horse and stabling may be available.
Lisa Pierson – Hopewell Junction, NY. Currently based at CB Walker Stables in Brewster, N.Y., Lisa Pierson is an FEI rider and trainer who teaches and gives clinics throughout the Metro NY/CT area. She is a USDF certified instructor through fourth level, a USDF bronze and silver medalist and has won several regional championships and reserve championships. She is a contributor to Dressage Today and USDF ‘s Connection. Lisa teaches traditional dressage, using the classical training pyramid. She believes success at any level originates with these basics, always applied in an honest and positive manner. Her focus is on relaxation and trust for both horse and rider, with true throughness as the goal for every horse. Stabling usually available.
Charlie Porter – South Dartmouth, MA. Charlie Porter is the owner of Tin Roof Farm, located in Jensen Beach, FL. He spends 6 months of the year at Peak Rock Farm training, teaching and competing in the northeast. He received his gold medal in 1999 while riding the Oldenburg gelding Freco, by Grundstein. He also received his teaching certification through fourth level from USDF in 1999. Charlie created and designed Kathy Von Ertfelda’s Grand Prix freestyle performed in Aachen, Germany in 1995, and at the Volvo World Cup in Sweden in 1996. He spent the past summer in England at Kyra Kyrklund’s farm. Stabling is available.
Michele Routhier - Nottingham, NH Michele Routhier operates MRF Dressage at Longfellow Farm in Nottingham, NH. She teaches and trains a wide variety of students and horses, specializing in the adult amateur. She is actively advancing her riding and teaching skills by continuing her own education and is a long time student of Pam Goodrich. Michele earned her USDF Bronze medal on a horse she bred and trained. Longfellow Farm offers the rider a wonderful atmosphere to learn in with excellent footing and lots of mirrors! . www.mrfdressage.com School horses available, stabling sometimes available.
Jane Rodd - South Woodstock, VT. Jane Rodd passed the British Horse Society Instructor (BHSI) examination and competed to advanced level in eventing and dressage. Jane is the new Executive Director of Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) in VT. She holds the USDF Silver medal and the USDF Instructor Certification through Fourth Level, and is also a USDF introductory faculty member able to run certification workshops training - first level. Jane is happy to work with any combination of horse rider regardless of level, breed, age or aspirations, and I especially enjoy working with event horses to improve their dressage, and with juniors and young riders. www.gmhainc.org
Pat Spettel – Merrimack, NH. Pat Spettel has trained and taught dressage for over 26 years. She has successfully competed through I1, earned her USDF bronze and silver medals, along with winning several USDF year end awards. Her teaching is based on a strong use of imagery to help her students visualize how their position affects the horse’s balance and way of going. This in turn develops feel to harmonize with the horse. Pat will travel within 1 hour of Merrimack, NH. No stabling available.
Alix Szepesi - Ipswich, MA. Alix Szepesi (pronounced 'a-leeks' 'sep-a-she') is an FEI Dressage Trainer with over 25 years of dressage experience who has trained and competed many horses to FEI levels. She earned her International Trainer Certificate from the 2001 pilot program of the International Academy for Equestrian Studies (IAES) in Warendorf, Germany where she worked with various top level trainers including Stephan Kieswetter, Ingrid Klimke, Anke Fromming, Jan Bemelmans, Hubertus Schmidt, Susanne Meisner, Eckart Meyners, and Martin Plewa. She also had 10 weeks' experience working at Hof Kasselman before graduating first in her class and earning her Certificate as a Bereiter at the National Level. She returned to Sassenberg, Germany to work at the Hesselhof training and sales barn for 18 months with former head of the German riding school and current Spanish national trainer for Juniors and Young Riders, Mr. Ralph-Michael Rash. Alix also rode in clinics with the former German National Trainer, Holger Schmezer, and competed in several German dressage shows. In addition, she has worked with many nationally recognized trainers, is a 9 time USDF Region 8 Champion (including Int 1 and Int 1 freestyle), USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist, and has numerous USDF Horse of the Year and All Breeds awards. In 1992, she represented the United States at the North American Young Riders Championships and in 1982, she was a Member of National Champion Pony Club Games Team. Alix's unique approach has been formed through her years of research and personal experience. She has a gift for connecting with horses and their riders. They respond to her almost immediately. Alix will teach you what you need to know to do the same for your horse. She has developed several customized training programs, each designed to achieve specific results. Training lessons and programs are individually tailored to meet both the rider's goals and horse's capabilities. Alix firmly believes that the horses need to have "fun" and enjoy their training. For more information, visit her website: www.NorthShoreDressage.com
Claudia Tarlov – Colchester, CT. Claudia is a USDF silver medalist and USDF L Graduate with Distinction. Claudia teaches at her farm and travels to teach clinics and judge. Her emphasis is building on strengths to produce a positive learning experience. She is comfortable working with horses of all backgrounds and breeds as well as cross-training horses from other disciplines to improve their performance in their chosen field. She recognizes the considerable effort and commitment that all riders invest regardless of their level. Claudia has trained her horses from pre-backed through FEI, and is competing her horse, Taptoe, at fourth level and PSG. She is currently a student of Kathy Connelly in Massachusetts
Jessica Van Eyck - Bondville, VT. Jessica is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist, as well as a USDF Certified Instructor through fourth level. Jessica also graduated from the L program "With Distinction", has successfully competed multiple horses to the FEI levels, and is currently competing three of her horses at the upper levels. Jessica currently owns and operates Northshire Farm in Bondville, Vermont, where she enjoys teaching and training amateurs and young riders of all ages and abilities, as well as horses of various breeds and levels. Jessica believes that dressage is the foundation of all riding and that learning correct basics in dressage allows riders to better understand the nature of the horse, which then allows the rider work together with the horse, making training more enjoyable for both horse and rider. She puts a very strong emphasis on the correctness of the rider's position because she feels that only through a correct body alignment and balance can riders achieve true harmony with their horses. www.northshirefarm.com Stabling is available.
Kathleen Von Ertfelda – South Dartmouth, MA. Kathleen has ridden and trained dressage for twenty-five years. She has trained six horses from youngsters to Grand Prix, earning her USDF gold medal. She competed at Grand Prix nationally and internationally from 1992 to 1999, and qualified for the Grand Prix Championships at Gladstone each year. In 1995, Kathleen trained in Germany and competed for USET at Aachen. She was also a member of the USET team that won the Team Bronze for the United States at Holland. In 1996, Kathy represented the United States at the Volvo World Cup in Sweden. In 1997, they won the Team Silver Medal at the North American championship. Currently, she trains and competes in both New England and Florida. Stabling available.
Bill Warren – Stoughton, MA. Bill currently trains and teaches from Drywater Farm in Stoughton, MA where he and Bill McMullin
operate Warren-McMullin Dressage. As a USEF "S" Judge and USDF gold medalist, Bill judges and teaches clinics throughout
the US. He also maintains an active show schedule accumulating many regional and national awards. Bill has studied dressage in
Austria withErnst Bachinger in the 1980's who is currently director of the Spanish Riding School. He was also a working student for
Karl Mikolka at Tempel Farms. In recent years he has worked most closely with George Williams and Conrad Schumacher.
Stabling not available.
Jan Williams – North Hatfield, MA. Jan, a USDF gold, silver & bronze medalist, has won numerous regional and national awards with many horses at the USEF and FEI levels. Currently, Jan competes Conchita at Grand Prix. Her training focus is to improve the rider’s communication with their horse in order to achieve greater success in the competition arena and to develop greater appreciation of their horse (www.coyoterunfarm.com). Stabling available.
Samantha Williams - Byfield/So Hamilton, MA. Samantha operates Labyrinth Dressage in South Hamilton, Mass. She is a USDF Silver Medalist and has trained and competed horses from Training Level to FEI. Her students have done well in rated regional shows and have earned USDF medals. Sam works with horses and riders in all stages of development, focusing on clear, fair, effective communication. Her systematic approach encourages relaxation and expression through the levels. She has a particular interest in starting young horses. Sam was a working student for Arlene “Tuny” Page and then assistant to Christopher Hickey for several years. She currently trains with Barend Heilbron, Shannon Dueck and clinics with Conrad Schumacher.
www.labyrinthdressage.com Stabling is available and school horse may be available.
Jennifer Wilson-Horr - Springvale. ME. Jennifer is a USDF bronze and silver medalist and USDF certified instructor. She owns and operates Cedar Hill Farm, along with her husband. Jennifer has been a successful dressage trainer with numerous regional and national awards from training through FEI. She was 2009 year end reserve champion, 2010 third, I-1 champion. She competed many years as an event rider through Preliminary and Intermediate. Jennifer has helped many of her dressage students earn their USDF medals along with helping event riders improve their dressage scores. She has trained with Mary Howard, Linda Zang, Pam Goodrich, Gary Rockwell, and many more. She welcomes riders from all disciplines and levels. Stabling and school horse available.
Cindi Rose Wylie - Georgetown, MA. Cindi Wylie, based at Rosebrook Farm, is a versatile instructor, working with a variety of horses and riders. Cindi’s most recent Grand Prix horse is Audacity, a half Morgan cross. They placed fifth in the Special at Devon.
Cindi’s philosophy regarding teaching focuses on helping riders achieve the correct balance and feel for their horse, facilitating communication between the pair through the correct use and application of their aids.
Stabling is not available and a current coggins and health certificate is required for truck-ins.