I was so happy to see Karen Monks-Reilly and Aesthete, the 4 year old National Young Horse Dressage Champion, in this article. I rode with Karen when she lived in NH. I am so honored that I had the chance to ride with such an incredible trainer. I always knew she was good, but now I am almost awestruck that I actually trained with this rider.
Everything in the article about Karen and her training methods is true. Karen has worked super hard with her riding and with "Stately". She truly deserves this recognition. I wish I was down in PA so I could ride with her. She took me and my rank Thoroughbred as students. I'd never ridden dressage and my horse had a massive underneck and major bucking issues. She never treated me as though I was lesser than the people with super nice horses.
Kelly It is rare to see a rider who is truly passionate about the horse and his training, taking a profound interest in dressage with self-abnegation, and making this extraordinarily subtle work one of the dominant motivations of his life.\"