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Has anyone ridden with Britta Johnston?

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  • spencerlucy

    I would not discount Britta based on what you may have heard about needing to be "riding fit". I rode with her last week in a clinic and can tell you quite honestly that I am not as riding fit as I could be. Like yourself, I was much more fit 10 years ago when a working student in Germany and as time has marched on and other committments took precedence, my fitness certainly waned. Britta was very encouraging in my lessons, but that is not to say that she demanded anything less than the very best I was capable of doing. The same could be said for my horse, who is also just coming back into what I would describe as serious work. She is demanding in that she insists on one riding well and also stated that core strength is very important, but not at all in a mean or condescending way. I would strongly encourage you to give her a try!

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  • sid
    Oh crumb...sorry to hear she only will work with someone who is riding fit.

    I met Britta briefly and quite by accident when I took one of my employees to a cross country session at a barn where (she, Britta) was riding. She seems to have good credentials and words of praise here.

    I have been out of serious riding for some years now due to injuries and now, time contraints for elder care -- so I'm anything but riding fit for lack of time. Lord knows, I'm physically fit from running a farm for 20+ years ...but that's not the same as core fitness or riding fitness that I used to have. Now that I'm ready to get back "to it" I thought about calling Britta as I really want someone classically trained who will help me through my "compensation" and muscle memory issues that have amassed over the years from handling and training babies, youngsters and stallions. As you get older every physical trauma rears its ugly head and surely it affects one's riding unless you have someone seasoned on the ground to help.

    My horse(s) are well trained, but have been on vacation for awhile. I don't want to screw them up as I bring them back into work with all of my own body issues to deal with. So they continue to sit idle.

    When I hear that someone is only willing to work with those who are riding fit, it's discouraging for someone like me -- esp. when one is finally having time to get back in the saddle in their "later years" but doesn't want to forego continuing the right training for the horse -- from a classically trained and seasoned professional.

    I tried someone else last year (a very, very nice u/l eventer) -- it was totally unproductive for me and the horse (3rd level). I was instructed as a beginner (that's okay) but the training for the horse ran counter to every thing I had learned from my earlier instructor (of the Carol Lavelle, Mike Poulin and Pam Goodrich style)...she's retired.

    Anyone else in the NoVA area that might fit the bill for me?

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  • veezee
    Lovely instructor

    If this is the same Britta Johnson, I rode with her in Mississippi thirteen or fourteen years ago. I believe she lived in Florida at that time. She was a young and very talented rider and instructor. Have fun an enjoy your lessons.

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  • Equine Connection
    While it's been a while since we worked with Britta, I have nothing but very positive things to say. I think some of the other posters said it very well. She is a very elegant rider and a correct teacher. The only reason we could not continue was simply due to the very long distance -- just difficult to keep it consistent. I'd highly recommend Britta.

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  • babygreenqueen
    Britta is an excellent clinician. she evaluates your horse and listens to your needs, will find a solution you can actually practice. she is strict and correct and expects the student to be disciplined, fit and attentive. the lessons are tough but uplifting and always end on a positive experience for your horse 'who will be proud of himself '. she visits long island a few times a year to teach and it is well worth it to audit even if you cannot ride.

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  • Stacie
    No, but someone I trust recommends her highly.

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  • eponacelt
    Britta started my three year old this past year, and I rode with her several times in the three months while he was there. I can't possibly say enough good things about what she did with Beckham...its the BEST money I've ever spent on training, and I really did like her no nonsense, common sense approach to riding and training. If you have the opportunity to ride with her - I'd say you should take it!

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  • PiedPiper
    Another COTHer (can't remember her screen name) rides with Britta now on the weekend. I have only heard good things about her and her teaching.

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  • rthonor

    I rode with Britta when she was in Louisiana and she is awesome!! She is a beautiful rider and a great teacher.

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  • eventmom
    Go for it!

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  • rileyt
    I have not lessoned with her, but I have watched her ride and teach, and I think she is really excellent. I would ride with her myself except she's too far from me. Go give her a try, I think you'll be impressed.

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  • IronHorse

    I have the opportunity to ride with her hopefully on a somewhat regular basis and was just looking for some opinions.

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  • eventmom
    My daughter has lessoned with her.

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  • IronHorse
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