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  • Stanford Red Barn

    Hi all! First time poster, long time lurker.

    I'll be moving my gelding to the Stanford equestrian center in the fall and am completely unfamiliar with the horse community in the area, though I hear it is mostly h/j.

    I'm looking for a dressage trainer willing to teach lessons at the RBEC, as I will not have regular access to a car, truck or trailer. However, I'd like to hear about trainers, veterinarians, farriers and shows in the south bay as well.

    I am a low to middle intermediate rider with lots of hours in the saddle but little experience in dressage (1st level). My middle aged Hanoverian (ex jumper converted to 2nd level dressage horse) is a sensitive "delicate flower" type with lots of get up and go. I'd like to take weekly lessons and attend the occasional show/clinic. I'm a driven perfectionist who thrives on technical explanations and wants to be pushed; I don't want a one-size-fits-all lesson or 45 minutes of flattery. Finally, my ideal instructor would put my horse's well-being ahead of my own.

    Any advice you can muster would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!

  • #2
    No comments on your questions... but that place is beautiful! I'm very jealous.
    Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique


    • #3
      It's hard to give detailed technical explanations during a riding lesson, and still have the lesson flow well enough that the horse is learning. The horse may need to go through a progression of exercises one after the other to put him in a position where he can do a specific goal exercise, or he repeat something 2-3 times without a break, until he understands it and learns it; that can be difficult in that sort of format.

      I think it's a good idea, as long as the instructor is certified to teach dressage, experienced and has good references and good results, to try to give the instructor a little bit of the benefit of the doubt, and just try what he or she says, at least for 1 lesson, to see how it works out for you and your horse.


      • #4
        Pm TallyHo Farm, on this BB. She is an eventing trainer located at Stanford, and works with their team. Not only would she be more than capable of helping you, I believe she works with a pure dressage instructor who comes there a few times a month.
        Phoenix Farm ~ Breeding-Training-Sales
        Eventing, Dressage, Young Horses
        Check out my new blog: http://califcountrymom.blogspot.com


        • #5
          Definitely do what the above poster said. After moving to the area (I am in Woodside at a private barn) I have found that a lot of places are pretty strict about trainers coming to the facility if they already have an established trainer in the discipline. You may also call up the Stanford Red Barn as well. I know they definitely have someone there (whether they are regular or other) b/c I have been there prepping horses for team rides and seen a dressage lesson going on.

          PM me is you need Vet/Farrier recommendations. I have found the world's best vet, IMO, I can give you their website and let you know my experience with them over the past couple years.

          My jumper is being converted to a dressage horse after a pretty bad DDFT injury, so I had to do a bunch of "research" on dressage friendly places and instructors in the area. Dressage actually is pretty big in the area, I just worked at the CDS show in the area and was surprised by the number of competitors (I wasn't expecting it!)

          Good Luck and welcome to one of the most horse friendly areas I have ever had the privilege to live in!
          Coruscant Stables


          • #6
            Check out Tracey Lert (www.tlertdressage.com). Not sure which barns she teaches at these days, but she's definitely worth contacting.


            • Original Poster

              Thanks for all your advice and ideas! I will definitely be contacting those two trainers (I rode in a clinic with Tracey Lert once---I didn't know she was from the area) and would love to hear more South Bay trainer recommendations, just to have a few options.