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Lessons

What attracts you to dressage? 

 

Is it the beauty and harmony, the opportunity to deepen your partnership with your horse, the self-discipline, the structure, and/or the challenge of moving up the levels?

 

If your answer is yes and yes! then I would love to help you as a student.

Competition can be an enjoyable part of your dressage journey too, when you and your horse are well-prepared.  I have helped students with earning their USDF bronze and silver medals, which are a fun way to pursue personal goals.  The judges' scores and comments give you great feedback to improve your riding.   When there is an over-emphasis on competitiveness, it can take the joy out of riding for both you and your horse. 

I have explored a lot of different systems and studied with many great horsemen. These experiences allow me to adapt my teaching to the unique needs of each horse and rider.  

 

Did you know it's been proven that a positive and encouraging teaching style gets the best results (for humans and animals!)?  My teaching techniques include a lot of imagery, which can convey a feeling or concept in an easy-to-recognize way.   I will also look for your lynch pins - specific changes that can make a biggest difference.  We will work a lot on position, because correct equitation can bring significant and often immediate improvements to your horse.

 

All levels and breeds welcome!  

Rates:

$60   Private 50 minute lesson with your horse      

$50   Private 50 minute lesson while your horse is in full training

$75    Private 45 minute lesson on Helicon horse     

My Mentors

 

Pati Pierucci, my current coach 

USDF "L" Learner Judges Program - Completed Education Series

Sabine Schut Kery - Lessons and riding in her

          Friesian exhibitions

Jessica Jo Tate - Clinics

Charles DeKunffy - Clinics and reading

Lena Wedenmark - Clinics

Shelly Francis - Clinics

Lurena Bell - Clinics

Bob Orton - Clinics

Heide Hellwinkel Schnakenberg - Training intensive in

          Germany

John Lyons - Intensive clinic, symposiums and reading

 

Lessons from the past with Trish Wallace, Donna Wright,Vicki Maeckle, Sue Shirland and Lisa Kulski 

Other influencing horseman, whom I read and audit:

Steffen Peters, Michel and Catherine Henriquet, Scott Hassler.

A Grand Passion

I was born on a horse farm and horse crazy from the get-go. At age 5 I went to horse camp for two months!  My father, Luther Zai, passed away when I was young, but I inherited his passion for dressage.  He had learned to ride growing up in Switzerland.  I grew up in Vermont, where I explored Huntseat, saddleseat and eventing but dressage kept calling! 

The horses have been my greatest loves and my primary teachers.  Especially my mares, who gave me confidence or put me in my place, as they deemed necessary.

Dressage is my second passion and a natural progression for a horse lover.  Dressage provides a complex and rich journey, complete with life lessons, sorrows and joys. The euphoric feeling of being in harmony with a powerful and benevolent horse is simply the best.

I am grateful to the countless of horsemen who have taught and inspired me.  Life is much too short to reinvent dressage!

** For more information on my training and showing experience, please visit the training page.