Are you looking for some one to entrust your horse into training?
When your horse is at Helicon, you can rest assured your horse is treated with love and respect. Training is not just about the results, it's about the physical and mental development of a sentient being. Horses should feel proud of their effort and to love their work. Horses come with great characters, and it is our responsibility to preserve the horse's innocence while developing his ability. I strive to be kind, fair, clear and quick to reward an effort, because that’s what builds a horse’s confidence.
The care at Helicon is top notch. Helicon is small and personalized. The horses are kept as naturally as possible, with lots of turnout and high quality hay fed up to four times per day. The stalls are open with views so the horses can see the horizon and each other. The horses legs are cold hosed after each workout. Physical issues are addressed through training, veterinary or alternative care, depending on the horse's needs. We focus on dressage training - so (with the exception of a couple pensioners) all the horses here are in work.
I have extensive experience with young and green horses, putting dressage basics on nearly 40 horses, including taking 27 to their very first dressage show (some schooling, some USEF recognized).
I have earned the USDF Bronze and Silver medals on my own horses. My first homebred, Di Amore, a Hanoverian/Thoroughbred mare, and I worked our way up through the levels to Prix St. Georges. We also schooled the Grand Prix movements, including piaffe, passage and the ones. My second homebred foal, Feiner Frisbee competed in the FEI 5-year-olds at Devon, and up the levels through 4th level. Frisbee's heart is huge, but unfortunately he is a grade 4 roarer, which makes breathing is difficult for him. He now helps me give riding lessons. My third homebred, Dior Noir, is back in work after surviving sinus surgery for a huge tumor under her forehead! She is showing third level.
Currently my young Dutch gelding Figlio (aka Femmo) are showing at Intermediare I. We are working hard to Grand Prix level.
**For more information about my mentors and education, please see Lessons page.
Helicon Farm does not offer boarding.
Minimum training rates are as follows:
Full Board with group turnout and two training rides (or lessons) per week $1000
Full Board with private turnout and two training rides (or lessons) per week $1050
Additional lessons or rides are $50 each time (for boarders only).
Alfalfa once per day $25, twice per day $50
Haul-in training rides are $60 per ride