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dressage lessons in the Southern Pines area

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  • dressage lessons in the Southern Pines area

    Cross-posting from the dressage forum because I know there is a big eventing population here!!

    My family has recently relocated to the Southern Pines area from Kansas. My husband is assigned to Ft. Bragg and has already deployed to Afghanistan for the year. When I shipped my horse back east from KS, I sent him directly to my parents' farm in Virginia so that I could take my time finding a place to board locally. Since then, I have decided to leave my horse in Va for the time being. In KS, I was riding my horse 4-5 times a week, but I have two small children and with DH gone, I definitely don't have the time for that! I am traveling up to Va and riding him when I can (weather permitting!) but would love to find a place locally to take some lessons on a regular basis to work on myself and keep me in better riding shape.

    Some background on me - I have been riding for almost 27 years, starting out in the hunters. I made the switch to dressage a few years back. My horse is coming 6 and currently showing First level, schooling a lot of the second level movements. I would love to find someone with school horses willing to give me lessons maybe once a week or once every other week. Any suggestions?

  • #2
    Wrote on Dressage post but didn't realize you needed lesson horses for now. Briana Atwell Owen at Fleet of Foot Farm is great. Has lesson horses-www.fleetoffootfarm.com is the website. Great sense of humor, laid back and the farm atmosphere is great-my horse is there and used for lessons.


    • #3
      If your horse was here, I'd say kill someone and get on the list for the Prince of Darkness Jim Koford. Becca Vick is also good. Sans horse, you might try Kris Hamilton in Raeford - don't know if she has anything for lessons. PM me if you need a contact number.



      • #4
        Antares Dressage

        Vicki Kelley-Wall runs Antares Dressage in Pinehurst. I really enjoyed the Fix-A-Test clinic that I did with her, and she's a licensed judge, I believe.

        Jessica Bortner-Harris
        "Throw your heart over the fence and your horse will follow."


        • #5
          I would try Vicki Kelly also. I think she might have lesson horses. www.antaresdressage.com



          • #6
            Forgot all about Vicki, she is definitely worth giving a ring.



            • Original Poster

              Thanks everyone for all the suggestions, both here and via PM. I got lots of great suggestions and need to start making some calls!

              Keep them coming if you think of anyone else!


              • #8
                Originally posted by SuperEventer View Post
                Vicki Kelley-Wall runs Antares Dressage in Pinehurst. I really enjoyed the Fix-A-Test clinic that I did with her, and she's a licensed judge, I believe.


                Vicki is an "L" judge, not quite licensed.