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Dressage Trainers in NoVa?

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  • Dressage Trainers in NoVa?

    Hi - I event but am looking to beef up my dressage before spring.... can anyone recommend a good dressage instructor in the Purcellville, Round Hill, Middleburg, Unison area? Willing to travel, but it'd be awesome if someone could come to my barn! Preferably one who won't be going south for the winter... Doesn't have to compete at GP or anything, but someone with a good eye who can help me and my Connemara pony gear up for a season in Training and possibly Prelim eventing. Thank you!
    Cady O' Daly Farm
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  • #2
    I sent you a PM.
    Treat Jockey for Spellbound and Smidgeon


    • #3
      I'm located in Marshall, about 40 minutes from Middleburg. I don't travel, but my indoor is really fabulous. About half of my students are eventers, and I'm really enjoying teaching you guys - you're much braver than us dressage weenies! My websites are below.

      I don't know what her schedule looks like, but my dear friend Renee Carter trains freelance. She's based near me, in Orlean. http://carterdressage.com/ is her website.
      spriesersporthorse.com | farm on Facebook | me on Facebook | blog


      • #4
        srory, no more

        oops srory!; I used to do that ,but, frankly, the driving got to be too much; Isn't Donnan Plumb in the area?Unfortunately, with the traffic in the area; more i spent more time stuck stuck in traffic than teaching, no way t to make money doingthat Who is the Candian with a new place r 704 and 15?I'm fairly certain you would have to go there; also for AlisonHead and Linda oliver.There is a woman in Hamilton who, has someone come to her. She should be easy to find she has a dressage arena i nher "front yard!"
        breeder of Mercury!

        remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans


        • #5
          Mary Flood

          Mary Flood is absolutely wonderful: my husband and I ride with her. She doesn't travel, but she has a nice indoor, and has lots of experience working with eventers (including upper level riders).

          There was a recent thread on her and another local instructor if you search for her name.

          Her web site is here: http://www.wildfirefarm.com/

          Feel free to PM me with any other questions.


          • #6
            I sent you a PM
            breeder of Mercury!

            remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans


            • #7
              Where I board they will take ship ins...I am in Poolesville, which is not too far from Leesburg if you can take the ferry (fine with a 2H trailer, difficult with a big rig). We go to Leesburg to Morven Park for shows frequently. Email me if you like at baylady7@aol and I will give you details. Good luck!!!

              Appy trails,
              Kathy & Cadet
              Appy Trails,
              Kathy, Cadet & CCS Silinde
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              • #8
                Sara Bilinski is based out of the barn I am at in Purcellville and she does travel to the Leesburg area. I highly recc her and if traveling in, the footing in the indoor is SUPERB!
                Grab mane and kick on!



                • #9
                  I'm 20 miles west of you. I have monthly dressage clinics with Jean Paul Pare and my usual instructor (FEI level) is available more often. See my website--link below.
                  Touchstone Acres Lipizzans, Standing N. Samira VI (Gray), N. XXIX-18(Black), more in 2014


                  • #10
                    I use Susan Gustafson and she is fantastic. I'm eventing at the two-star level, she gets us eventers! She is in Millwood and does travel. She comes to my barn (I'm in Bluemont) to teach me. You'd be welcome to haul over. PM me if you want her contact info


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PiedPiper View Post
                      Sara Bilinski is based out of the barn I am at in Purcellville and she does travel to the Leesburg area. I highly recc her and if traveling in, the footing in the indoor is SUPERB!
                      Ditto. I would recommend going to see Sara and Mary to see if either suits you well; both are excellent but have very different personalities. I would be happy with either one, personally, though.
                      Roseknoll Sporthorses


                      • #12
                        You have lots of options out in that area. Just a few that come to mind...Allison Head, Sara Smallwood (Eventer), and Tiffany Hattler.


                        • #13
                          Aude Bauserman teaches in the Leesburg area on Saturdays. 540 743 7434. She was classically trained in Europe and showed her horse through PSG. She teaches up to fourth level. She is very gentle, gives *lots* of information when she teaches and when she rides, the softness of her riding is lovely to watch.
                          "The mighty oak is a nut who stood its ground"

                          "...you'll never win Olympic gold by shaking a carrot stick at a warmblood..." see u at x


                          • #14
                            I take lessons from Aude Bauserman and I am an eventer. She is wonderful. I have gotten more out of her lessons than anyone else. She explains in simply terms and never gets frustrated. I also like the fact that she always has something different in each lesson it is not always the same thing over and over again. I would have to agree with Stacies post. She is very nice to watch ride very effective and realistic.


                            • #15
                              Hilary Moore travels in Northern Virginia quite regularly and has at least a few full training students near you.

                              She is a USDF instructor and I believe has an eventing background.

                              Her site is www.mooredressage.com


                              • #16
                                I PM'd you.


                                • #17
                                  I've worked with Alison Head for over 15 years, and I can't recommend her highly enough. She has trained multiple horses from green all the way to FEI, which is something that not many of the trainers in the area have done. She's very good with eventers, and currently has multiple clients competing at CCIs.
                                  Her web site is www.lgfsporthorses.com
                                  Amateur rider, professional braider.
                                  Save a life, adopt a pet.


                                  • #18
                                    Terry Smith at Riverside Equestrian in Bluemont, like many others she doesn't travel but has a teriffic indoor and beautiful facility.


                                    • #19
                                      I noticed that someone mentioned my name and I do travel.

                                      However, if you are looking for more than the 3-4x a week that I can get out to that area, I would also recommend Alison Head.

                                      Alison is a gorgeous rider and has business skills that I look for in a top trainer (she is an organized leader and a very clear communicator).


                                      • #20
                                        Haven't read all the replies, but I would highly recommend Candy Allen, if she still teaches. We've lost touch, but she was taught and trained out of my farm for quite a few years...bringing my horses up the levels, while also teaching students (on my horses) in the classical methods. Very instinctive, educated and skilled.

                                        On top of that, she's particulary good and patient bringing less experienced horses along -- and with riders who may not have a ton of experience in dressage either.

                                        She did a fantastic job with my horses as well as those who took lessons on them.
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