View Full Version : Dressage Trainers In or Within A Few Hours of BUFFALO, NY

Feb. 10, 2011, 08:45 PM
Hi Everyone

It is possible I will be moving to Buffalo for work in the near future, so I am in search of a dressage trainer.

Dressage Trainer Search
I am looking for a dressage trainer either in or within a few hours of Buffalo, NY. I am happy to drive several hours for a trailer-in lesson over the weekend. I would even drive 5 or 6 hours for the right person.

I am looking for a trainer that is confirmed FEI who ideally has some confirmed FEI students as well.

Canada is fine with me too (I have already mapquested the distance to Eddo Hoekstra and consider that doable, but would like to explore other options in addition.) Is there something I need to know about taking horses back and forth across the border?

Boarding in Buffalo Area
Also, since my horses would be based in Buffalo, if anyone can recommend a nice place to board with an indoor I would be very grateful. Including board prices for stall and pasture board would be most appreciated (I would prefer a pasture board option for the summer at the very least). There does not need to be a trainer at the home facility; I am fine with keeping my horses at a little mom and pop place, and then trailering out for training.

I appreciate any help in advance.

Feb. 10, 2011, 08:56 PM
Perhaps try Western New York Dressage Association (WNYDA).


Good luck in your search!!

Feb. 10, 2011, 09:59 PM
If Canada is ok, then I highly recommend


FEI experience in a very happy, positive environment....

Feb. 11, 2011, 11:41 AM
FEI-rider/trainer Louisa-Marcelle Eadie is in North Salem, NY. Her site is www.lmedressage.com. She has trained horses to GP, and is the student of Anne Gribbons, "O" judge. Her amateur owner students have multiple wins in their region finals every year. She would be amenable to you trailering in as well. Indoor ring, outdoor dressage ring being finished this spring, miles of trails, top-line horse care. Let me know if I can answer any questions for you!


Feb. 11, 2011, 02:26 PM
Susan Barisone Gilson, Fourlea Farm, Ontario, NY

Feb. 13, 2011, 01:35 PM
North Salem is on the other side of the state.

Feb. 13, 2011, 02:01 PM
You might want to check out Nancy Smith. She is on the east side of Cleveland May-Nov, and in the winter months goes back every 4 weeks for two day clinics. You could arrange weekend or two day visits. Not sure who all her students are now; she did have several PSG clients; I was one until old horse retired and new horse not there yet. She also has a student (from Erie Pa) who went to the Young Rider championships a couple years ago. Has brought horses to GP; currently has a rising star at PSG/I-1, and another young one at 3rd level.
PM me if you want to know more. Her web site is http://equisentialinc.com/.

Christa P
Feb. 13, 2011, 04:20 PM
You have a PM

Feb. 13, 2011, 06:46 PM
Cazenovia is about 20 miles from Syracuse. She worked with my gelding and my working student and Crystal is a GP dressage rider. Highly recommended.

Crystal Gaskell

Cazenovia, NY



Feb. 13, 2011, 07:19 PM
Was going to suggest Eddo. Pickin's are slim in the immediate area, to be honest, but if you're willing to travel a bit there are more options.

Here's one:

I don't know Michelle personally but have heard very good things about her.

Here's another:

I lessoned with her once, and saw her teach several times. I thought she was good, I certainly enjoyed the lesson and learned from it and would have continued with her had I had the opportunity.

As far as boarding goes, is there any particular area in/around Buffalo that you'd like to be?

Large boarding barns:

Clarence/Akron area:

Pheasant Run Stables
472 Four Rod Road
Alden, NY 14004
(716) 937-4814


Orchard Park:
(primarily an H/J flavor but a nice place with good care)

North, near Wilson:
(Tom is a western rider but he has pasture board and again very good care)

There are lots of smaller facilities too.... Also some private barns scattered across the area that occasionally take in boarders.

Feel free to PM me if you want or if you have any questions.

Feb. 13, 2011, 07:25 PM
Susan Barisone Gilson, Fourlea Farm, Ontario, NY

Just an fyi, Ontario is well east of Rochester, and up towards the lake; away from the Thruway.

Also, don't know where you're moving from, but lets just say that Buffalo gets a fair amount of snow and bad weather in the winter...That may limit your trailering during those months. If you don't know the term "lake effect snow" now, you will soon...

Last but not least, there is a farm "Chestnut Ridge" northeast of Buffalo, big facility; they advertise that Eddo comes there quarterly (well, 4x per year!). I don't think its too complicated to get horses back and forth to Canada; but it may take time at the border.

Feb. 13, 2011, 08:19 PM
Thank you so much everyone for your responses! I really appreciate all the help.

To answer a couple points:

North Salem is fine by me; it is a drive but I grew up outside Manhattan and can see myself happily trailering in, lessoning, spending some time with the family, and going home again.

I really don't mind a long distance and making a weekend of it if the instruction is good enough.

With that in mind, any barns that are 3 or fewer hours away become, "Oh neat, only takes one day!" status. :lol::lol:

That is good to hear that Eddo clinics in the area pretty regularly. I am still not sure, since I have the trailer, if it wouldn't be better to load up the two horse and go to him (possibly take time off and buy a week's worth of training board?), since when I clinic-ed with him it was $165 per ride (and no, stalls and lunch were NOT included.)
But either way those are good options to explore and weigh gas expense vs extra lesson expense. I have no idea what he charges for an at home lesson so this could either be an awesome plan or a seriously dumb one.:lol::lol:

FlashGordon, thank you SO MUCH for the boarding barn suggestions. That is the most helpful thing EVER. I loved the look of the Tom Pinkowski place (via the website) for my two guys and am glad to hear from a third party that it is good care pasture board.

Thank you again, everyone. I am still not sure if I am going (it's not in my hands; whether or not I get the job will decide) but I feel so much better getting a plan in place for the horses so that if the phone does ring I can just load and go.
Again, thank you thank you thank you!

Feb. 13, 2011, 08:35 PM
Tom and his wife are wonderful, have a great reputation locally, and I don't think you'd be sorry boarding there. If you PM COTHer "SarahandSam" she could give you more info, she has boarded there for quite some time. If it weren't too long of a commute I'd have my gelding there.

My horse is at Willow Creek Farm, it is a pretty basic, mom-n-pop operation but I've been there many years and my horses ALWAYS do well there.

Tom has more pasture than us at WCF so he has a leg up in that regard.

FWIW, I wouldn't have any qualms about boarding at any of the barns I listed. They are all well-established facilities. They all offer different things, at different price points, so just depends on what specifics you are looking for.

Anyway good luck! Yes Eddo is in town regularly. If you are into him, WAZ used to be though I'm not sure how much anymore. I believe Vera Bowman will sometimes come down to a barn if there are several people willing to lesson with her and she can make a day of it.

Feb. 13, 2011, 09:39 PM
Cazenovia is about 20 miles from Syracuse. She worked with my gelding and my working student and Crystal is a GP dressage rider. Highly recommended.

Crystal Gaskell

Cazenovia, NY



Only about 4+ hours , on a good day from Buffalo. :lol:

Feb. 14, 2011, 11:55 AM
North Salem, NY is 6 hours, 42 minutes from Buffalo, according to Mapquest. As I read the request, the rider in question is willing to go 5-6 hours and trailer in for lessons. My recommendation for Louisa Eadie stands. And as I read the rider's response, she is familiar with the area and might be interested.

Perhaps you were having a bad day.

North Salem is on the other side of the state.

Feb. 14, 2011, 04:28 PM
Perhaps you are a bit sensitive to anyone pointing out the obvious about your suggestion.
In my opinion it is a very long haul for a lesson. Consider the poor horse.

Feb. 14, 2011, 06:20 PM
Perhaps you are a bit sensitive to anyone pointing out the obvious about your suggestion.
In my opinion it is a very long haul for a lesson. Consider the poor horse.

With all due respect, I did make it very clear in my OP that extensive driving times were ok with me. It was obvious from the start that I was ok with it, and I made it so in order not to miss suggestions that might be further away.

I actually grew up riding in the North Salem area and would be happy to spend a long holiday home with the family and bring the horses along for some lessons while I am at it.

However, this thread was about finding good FEI level trainers within a few hours of Buffalo. If at any point you would like to suggest one, your suggestion would be most welcome. I would certainly hope that your participation in this thread won't be limited to attempting to discourage other posters from making exactly the sort of suggestions I specifically was looking for.

Either way thanks for your input.

Feb. 15, 2011, 03:25 AM
I believe Debbie Lockemeyer has all the qualifications you're looking for and is located just outside of Rochester, NY.

However, it looks like she hasn't updated her website in a while. I'd give her a call.

p.s. Welcome to Buffalo, home to 4am last calls.

Feb. 15, 2011, 08:35 AM
p.s. Welcome to Buffalo, home to 4am last calls.


Feb. 17, 2011, 11:56 AM
Another suggestion - really nice facilities too.

Feb. 17, 2011, 08:46 PM
Kate Poulin is at Fair Weather Farm in Chagrin Falls, OH (when she's not in Florida) Christoph Hess did a clinic there last year and will be back early April of this year. Check out NODA - nodarider.org for info on clinics/events around here. Good luck : )

Feb. 19, 2011, 06:03 PM
Walter Zettl comes to a private farm in Clarence twice a month usually March-November, you simply couldn't do better imho.

Feb. 20, 2011, 05:54 AM
I bought a horse from Annet Taapken who owns Dutch Dressage Stables in Little Valley - DutchDressagestables.com - if the horse I bought is any indication of her ability then I'd have to say she is a very good trainer.

If I remember correctly Little Valley is about 45 min south of Buffalo. I know she used to have Henk Van Bergen come in for clinics, not sure if she still does, and her facility is gorgeous.

Good Luck!!

Feb. 26, 2011, 11:24 PM
Kathy Wood-Copa is in Avon or Geneseo, but comes up to the Buffalo area at least once a week (or did last I knew). She's absolutely wonderful, I can't say enough good things about her. She's on the WNYDA website.

Mar. 17, 2011, 09:41 AM
I was going to suggest Kathy Wood-Copa. I have been taking lessons with her over the last year. Absolutely wonderful for all levels. She does not have an indoor at her private farm, but travels to wherever you like for lessons or clinics. She also has a really fun clinic on Musical Freestyle!

Oct. 3, 2011, 10:40 PM
Betsy Steiner in Hunterdon County NJ. She is about 5 hrs from buffalo.


Oct. 4, 2011, 10:12 AM
Leanne Haley Brown does a wonderful job at Glennlea Farm. She and her husband are friends and she is an accomplished rider/trainer. Give it an A+ recommendation.