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Dressage Trainer in Staunton/Crozet/Charlottesville

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  • Dressage Trainer in Staunton/Crozet/Charlottesville

    I am a hunter rider looking for a dressage trainer to help me with my flatwork, preferably in the Staunton/Crozet/Charlottesville area (in that order). Want someone who will be interested in assisting a hunter rider with flatwork. I can ship in or the trainer can come to my farm. Recommendations are appreciated. Many thanks!
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    • #3
      I can strongly reccommend Nancy Covert. She is an Eventer (and President of CDCTA) wit VERY STRONG Dressage skills. She is successful in straight dressage, and also understands the realtionship between dressage and jumping. She also has a very encouraging teaching manner - ver correct, but not criticizing.

      I think you can get her contact info on the CDCTA web site (www.cdcta.com) or send me a PM. She is just outside Charlottesville.

      chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


      • #4
        I'm from that area but I'm no help. I'm curious to see what the answer is though, as I'd like to move back there one of these days.

        My last year of high school, I became a working student for an Andalusian barn in Ruckersville where I got my first taste of dressage and now have been doing it ever since. Had to drive an hour each way though.

        I know of a couple, but I think they are too far for you. Pierucci Dressage, Will Coleman Eventing. I've been away from there too long now. You might try looking down towards Lexington too.


        • #5
          The author of this book
          is located near C'ville. Miranda posts here sometimes as Little Manor

          Just looked up the address, may be to far
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          • #6
            sending you a PM


            • #7
              Depends on what you are looking for but there are a variety of good dressage instructors in the area. I recommend checking out VADACH.org - the newsletter has ads from several trainers if I recall correctly.

              Some I can recommend that have always been professional and friendly within the club and at shows - in no particular order:

              Debbie Bowman
              Nancy Lowey "R" judge
              Carter Bass "R" judge
              Helen George "r" judge (she may be "R" now - not sure)
              Bruno Gruber
              Anne Aloi
              Nancy Covert
              Pati Pierucci
              Jontelle Forbus (I don't actually know her but have heard good things)

              That's off the top of my head - check out the chapter and you'll find references, etc., for who might suit you the best.

              The chapter banquet is February 5th - feel free to join us there! It's a good group of people.
              Originally posted by SmartAlex

              Give it up. Many of us CoTHers are trapped at a computer all day with no way out, and we hunt in packs. So far it as all been in good fun. You should be thankful for that.


              • #8
                Bridgewater-Grottoes area.
                Becky Schurink-FEI rider, taught dressage for years at Mt Holyoak.-I do believe she will come to you.


                Becky moved there recently, and is an active competitor, and holds a USDF silver medal.
                Last edited by merrygoround; Jan. 20, 2013, 02:22 PM.
                Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                • #9
                  Don't know anyone to the west of Cville over in Staunton. or Crozet. Everyone is further east than that.

                  Debbie Bowman is a titch south of Cville, you will prob need to haul to her unless you have a group, or get involved with a clinic she teaches on reg basis.

                  Nancy Covert is a titch east of Cville.

                  Carter Bass
                  Nancy Lowey
                  Pati Perucci are all a bit north of cville I "think"

                  I thought that Helen George was further east, towards Richmond and closer in to folks like Lea Ann Hanson, Barbara Wiefestede and Patrick Tigchelear,

                  Depending on how far you want to travel I wonder if there is anyone in Lexington? Does Frances Yeardley still teach over there?


                  • #10
                    Toad hollow farm is in crozet, you might try contacting them. I know that Will Coleman travels there to teach private lessons. (Though he may be in Florida now)?
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                    • #11
                      I would second Anne Aloi, because she is DA BOMB. But, she moved to Chesapeake, VA. She does come back to the area to teach clinics, though.
                      From now on, ponyfixer, i'll include foot note references.


                      • #12
                        also check out the Shenandoah Valley Dressage Association:



                        • #13
                          Sarah Doyle of Willow Hill Equestrian (willowhillequestrian.com) is located just north of Charlottesville.


                          • #14
                            Jontelle Forbus works out of 2 locations Staunton and Roanoke. She is patient, kind, honest, and has a great training approach. You can check out her website http://www.jfdressage.com/


                            • #15
                              Kim Severson! She is amazing. She is in Aiken right now but will be back in the spring...


                              • #16
                                Sending you a PM
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                                • #17
                                  Mark and Mimi Combs are in Charlottesville. Event riders and graduate Pony Clubbers. They are located at High Point Farm.
                                  Mirror Image 2001-2007


                                  • #18
                                    Merrygoround, do you know where Becky is riding out of?


                                    • #19
                                      Sorry Robin for being so slow to spot this.

                                      At the moment she is riding out of her and her husband's farm in Grottoes. He is the coach at Bridgewater College, and an excellent clinician as well.
                                      Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                                      Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                                      • #20
                                        Thanks Merrygoround! Finding a good dressage barn in our area is hard Was so hoping there was a new place in the area closer than CCS...