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Who is a really good dressage trainer in MD/VA?

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  • Who is a really good dressage trainer in MD/VA?

    I am sitting here looking out the window at all the snow that is still on the ground and realizing that I haven't ridden in months and show season is coming up. So, I am mulling over the idea of sending my horse to a dressage trainer for a tune up. Ideally would be someone who is nearish Frederick/Hagerstown who will whip his butt into shape. Any ideas? I am leaning more towards a pure dressage trainer then an event trainer because I figure the jumping will be much better if he can actually learn to sit and get a good quality canter.

  • #2
    PMed you.


    • #3
      Todd Bryan. Pure dressage guy, in your area, works with eventers a lot (well, ok, I know about 10 -- which is more than probably most straight dressage folks teach!)...
      The big man -- my lost prince

      The little brother, now my main man


      • #4
        Susan Graham White. She's a dressage trainer who judges eventing dressage. Her farm is in southern MD, I'm pretty sure.
        Balanced Care Equine


        • #5
          I don't know if she's too far for you, but Alison Head at Looking Glass Farm, in Hamilton VA. We started 2 or 3 young horses for her, and that's where Napa went for his 1 month dressage tune up this summer. I've taken lessons from her on both Carmen and Calypso, and really like her. She's straight dressage but helps a lot of eventers as well. Helped me a lot with Carmen, who was a straight dressage horse before I made her into an eventer as well.

          Bummer you aren't riding yet. We are here, and I just got home from galloping the chasers in the snow, now that was fun!
          WestWind Farms
          Love means attention, which means looking after the things we love. We call this stable management.
          - George H. Morris


          • #6
            I think that Siva Martin is doing a bunch of clinics right now in MD. The info is on her website www.boydandsilvamartin.com

            ETA: I didn't realize that you were looking for a place to SEND you horse. Sorry. I though that you wanted a lesson. Silva is located in West Grove, PA so that is probably too far for you.
            Last edited by VicariousRider; Feb. 25, 2010, 11:28 AM. Reason: Misunderstood OP
            "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals" Immanuel Kant


            • #7
              Laura Beetle in Monkton, MD... she is AMAZING and has an indoor. And is very affordable!
              Courtney Sendak


              • #8
                I would be very careful with some on the pure dressage folks... they are a bit scared of horses that are free thinkers and might be intimidated by the better event types... JMHO!!

                I would just wait till you can get going and save the money on a good event trainer. Lots of good event horses have been set back by to much controlling "dressage" work (IM- VERY- HO) this is not dressage as truely ment to be but well that is another issue)

                You have done well in the past and it would be a shame to see that work down the drain!!!

                August and a drought will be here soon.... I HOPE!!!!!
                owner and friend of members of the Limping And Majestic Equine Society.


                • #9
                  Another vote for Todd Bryan - and he is not scared of any free-thinking or spirited horses!
                  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.


                  • #10
                    I ride right over the MD boarder with Hank Hutson. He is a dressage only guy at this point but did ride and place at Rolex and many other events. He likes a spicy horse that has a free mind. We are located right by New Bolton Center.
                    Let me know if you would like some more info. The prices aren't bad either and we have turn out and a huge indoor.


                    • #11
                      Lauren Sprieser is a super "pure" dressage rider who has some eventing clients that she has really helped.
                      The Noodlehttp://tiny.cc/NGKmT&http://tiny.cc/gioSA
                      Boy Wonderhttp://tiny.cc/G9290
                      The Hana is nuts! NUTS!!http://tinyurl.com/SOCRAZY


                      • #12
                        Lauren makes me laugh with her blogs. She's funny.
                        Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Blarn View Post
                          I ride right over the MD boarder with Hank Hutson. He is a dressage only guy at this point but did ride and place at Rolex and many other events. He likes a spicy horse that has a free mind. We are located right by New Bolton Center.
                          Let me know if you would like some more info. The prices aren't bad either and we have turn out and a huge indoor.
                          I grew up riding with Hank when we were kids... if I had to use one word to describe him it would be "fearless"...he's an awesome rider and a cool guy too!


                          • #14
                            I learned to event from Hank .
                            He's an absolutely spectacular rider and is fearless.
                            Having ridden with both, I can say Todd is definitely "gentler" on the rider.
                            But I don't know how they would compare in terms of actually working with your horse...
                            The big man -- my lost prince

                            The little brother, now my main man


                            • #15
                              I highly recommend Lani and Patrick Tigchelaar. I have known Lani for 15 years and she is a gifted and knowledgeable trainer. Her husband, Patrick, is Dutch and and is also amazing. They are located in Hanover, VA but travel to the DC area every week for lessons. tdstables.com. They train eventers, Patrick spent many years bringing up jumpers in Holland.

                              Member Appaloosa lovers clique


                              • #16
                                I took a clinic once with Peggy Pariso and was impressed with how she was able to help me and my pony in that short timeframe.
                                Katie Ruppel & Yellow Rose Eventing *Website* & *Facebook*
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                                • #17
                                  There are a lot of good dressage trainers in these parts - what part of VA/MD might help if you narrowed down your geographical area - for where you are willing to travel and then get some names...


                                  • #18
                                    What about Fred Weber? He's in Frederick.


                                    • #19
                                      Both Todd and Hank are stellar riders and trainers and are not afraid of event horses or riders. This is based on having ridden with both and seen both of them riding/training other folks event horses.
                                      There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)


                                      • #20
                                        Do any of these trainers travel? I am in Northern MD....