For those of you who don't know me, I am a teacher/artist/writer/dressage trainer/ horse show announcer who still hasn’t quite decided what I want to be when I grow up. I am a Native Floridian now living and working in Reno, NV where I’ve been able to confirm my suspicion that snow is utterly worthless. Though I have run the gamut of equestrian disciplines my passion is for dressage. I have completed both my USDF bronze and silver medals and am half way through my gold with the help of a little APHA horse that I have brought along from 4th level.
What can I do for you?
In an overarching sense, my value stems from the fact that I can appreciate the ironies and idiosyncrasies of the equestrian world. As such I am able to highlight the struggles and triumphs in an authentic, and generally humorous way. This often means that I can better connect with, and relate to, the equestrians that I work with and write for.
Additionally, I have spent the majority of my life immersed in the world of horses and participated in a vast array of disciplines such as eventing, jumpers, english and western pleasure, reining, and dressage; this background gives me a solid vantage point from which to view and assess the various equestrian topics I address in my articles and blogs. It also affords me the necessary life experience to develop informed, compassionate, and ethically sound opinions and training practices.
As a riding instructor this translates into a more effective teaching methodology that is student centered and tailored to the individual needs of the horse and rider team. Essentially, I can teach. I have good feel but I am also very analytical so rather than simply relying on what I feel I am constantly assessing the how and why of what I am doing. This affords me the opportunity to thoroughly examine and understand how I’m getting the results I want so that I can better explain such to a student. Finding a balance between feel and the mind is fundamentally necessary for all good riding.
Why should you choose to work with me?
Ultimately, I do what I do because I have a passion for dressage and all things equestrian as well as helping people and horses realize their full potential. I love to share what I’ve learned, and continue to learn, in this sport with others equally submersed in the oftentimes all consuming equestrian lifestyle.
If you’re looking for a trainer or coach I can help you achieve your riding goals through student centered teaching methods that are tailored to the needs of you and your horse. I follow the traditional training pyramid and strive to keep the training progression forward thinking and fun!
Schmidt Dressage offers training for both horse and rider. Please call or email for additional information.