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    Default Best BNT in mid atlantic area...opinions please

    I'm curious...if you could ride/train with any big name trainer in the mid atlantic area who would it be and why?



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    When I lived in NJ I trained with David Guy who has Winchester Farm in Flemington.

    Not a big name...just the best kept secret this side of the Atlantic.



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    In NJ, I would think Michael Barinsone (sp?) or Cesar Perra.

    Is Georga mid atlantic? Roel Theurrison (sp?) at after the fox farm



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    Kate Poulin...Maybe young but has so much experience and she really makes you want to be a better rider!



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    Shawna Harding - aiken SC



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    Mid Atlantic to me means VA up to NJ. I would recommend Scott Hassler. You can check out www.hasslerdressage.com.



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    Hands down...Jessica Jo Tate! She is based out of Hassler Dressage.



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    I second JJ Tate. She brings out the best in both horse and rider.



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    Wow ,great responses,thank you.I'm thinking NJ,PA,Maryland.So lots of your suggestions fit the bill!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by blackhorse6 View Post
    Kate Poulin...Maybe young but has so much experience and she really makes you want to be a better rider!
    oooppss.. I misread...thought Midwest..



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    Scott Hassler, hands down!!!



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    I'm not sure what you mean for "BNT" in the dressage world, riders who have brought along horses through the levels or who show at the FEI levels, or both? I'll limit my input to those, and the ones I've ridden with personally.

    I've ridden with JJ Tate, Scott Hassler and Lauren Sprieser (dressagediosa here) and have found them all very similar in approach/style/use of training scale and kindness to the horse and rider, while getting improvement from both.

    I've been riding with Lauren for the past 18 months or so and have seen improvements in my scores, and riding, and always have great fun...and having fun is important to me.



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    Another vote for Scott, LOVE riding with Scott, wish I could do more of it!! He has great insight and can explain things in a way that I can actually do what he says (have had previous trainers that couldn't explain things so I could "get it").



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    Scott obviously has a national reputation as a young horse trainer - but what about getting a horse confirmed at grand prix??



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    JJ Tate is the way to go if you want a horse confirmed at Grand Prix in a firm, but kind, consistent manner. She is expert at working with youngsters, but has the FEI background to take a horse all the way to GP as she has done that several times in her career. Sorry...shameless plug for this wonderful trainer, but I just think she is the best!



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    My vote is another plug for the Hasslers, either Scott or Susanne. Both have a ton of experience at all levels and are fantastic people. Then again, everyone at Hassler Dressage is extremely talented, kind, and inspiring.
    "The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited." - Plutarch

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    Chris Hickey, Hilltop Farm, hands down



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    Michael Barisone. No contest for me.



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    Jessica and Missy Ransehousen (with whom I do ride, although I'm an eventer).
    OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!



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    Default Do any of them take working students?

    These BNTs all sound wonderful. Does anyone know if they take on working students? Any ideas for BNTs (or FEI level trainers who may not be as well known) who run excellent working student programs?



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