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Instructors in NJ -- who are your favorites

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  • Instructors in NJ -- who are your favorites

    I haven't really had consistent dressage lessons since I've been back as an adult re-rider. I am thinking this winter I want to find someone to work with and really focus on my flat. I live in central NJ and was hoping you all might give me some suggestions.

    I'd really like to not drive more than 30 mins. I have a couple of people I've ridden with in the past, but they either head south mid-winter or are a little farther away than I'd like to drive for weekly lessons.

    Please share your thoughts

  • #2
    What's your price range? I would recommend Marilyn Payne or either of her children (all in Oldwick) or Kathy Adams in the Sergeantsville/Lambertville area (20 minutes south of Flemington). All are excellent and I can provide contact info, but an idea of what you're willing to pay would help! One note about the Paynes - they do have a few lesson horses, which is nice sometimes even if you have your own horse.

    Mares are like neutrons. If there are too many in an area, you approach critical mass. And then there are explosions. Loud ones.


    • #3
      Sara Schmitt in Readington @ Hawk Hollow-S judge & she used to event when she was younger-great teacher!!!


      • Original Poster

        If i am going to lesson every week I'd like to stay under 100. say 60-80. But for someone that I really clicked with and I thought was worth could do 100 but just would do 2wice a month.

        I've never ridden or even done a clinic with Marilyn. That could be a god option or Doug or Holly Although I think they both head south at some point.

        Caroline, is there a website for Kathy Adams in Sergeantsville or can you PM me contact info? I can't find much online for her and I think she may be quite close to me.
        Last edited by Friday1; Oct. 18, 2010, 09:43 PM.


        • #5
          At Flora Lea?

          I don't live in that area but I have heard great things about Kathy Adams. Isn't she at Flora Lea? I think the farm has a website.


          • #6
            I believe you're thinking about Debbie Adams. Kathy is in the Ringoes area.


            • #7
              There are actually 2 Kathy Adams in NJ which makes it a bit confusing.

              There is a Kathy Adams who teaches at Flora Lea.

              The Kathy Adams in the Ringoes area I believe (correct me if I am wrong) an upper level dressage rider.

              Debbie Adams is also based at Flora Lea.


              • #8
                Originally posted by petit fromage View Post
                I don't live in that area but I have heard great things about Kathy Adams. Isn't she at Flora Lea? I think the farm has a website.
                Theres 2 Kathy Adams. One is an event trainer @ Flora Lea and the other is a dressage person..i ride with the one at Flora Lea.
                The Little Man



                • #9
                  Originally posted by piaffequeen View Post
                  Sara Schmitt in Readington @ Hawk Hollow-S judge & she used to event when she was younger-great teacher!!!
                  Will second Sara - she has a good eye and is a very good teacher!

                  She does dressage and combined driving now - had some interesting discussion today (learned a lot!) while walking obstacles.



                  • #10
                    And as before I recommend the Paynes. If you want to polish your flat work-stay with a dressage instructor. They are unusual in that they are very tidy in both.

                    I've been on both sides of the fence,and only after going to straight dressage, did I realize how I was just floating along while eventing.
                    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.