Rider & Instructor:

I began my education in 1993 in the art of classical dressage riding, taking multiple lessons per week on various types and breeds of horses. Over the past 21 years, I have had the privilege of training with several gifted instructors including, Heidi Chote, Linda Sellers, Nancy Stanley, and advanced instruction from, Sandy Savage. I have also ridden in clinics with International Instructors such as Steffen Peters, Guenter Bahlman, Kristina Harrison-Naness, and  Claus Bergener, as well as many others. After a few years of basic instruction, I began advancing through the levels at State and Nationally rated dressage shows, competing throughout California from Training through Prix St. Georges Levels, earning my USDF bronze and silver medals. I have competed in several regional USDF and CDS championships from second level through Prix St. Georges on my Hungarian warmblood, Pikolo and my current dressage horse, Ryan. Ryan is an Oldenburg bred by Con Brio Farms, Inc.  He was born in 2003, and I purchased him as a yearling. In the fall of 2013, Ryan and I competed for the first time at the Intermediare 1 test earning a 61%, first place. This is our first score toward the USDF gold medal. I hope to continue to compete with Ryan through Grand Prix and earn the USDF gold medal in the next few years.

For the past few years, I have instructed over 50 students in dressage; from beginning student's through the levels up through Prix St. Georges. My students range in age from 9 to 75. I believe everyone and every horse can benefit from learning the correct, and classical elements of dressage.
My approach to instruction is simple... "People and horses learn best in a patient, nurturing environment". It is my goal to be thorough in instructing the principals of the training pyramid in classical dressage. I focus on the use of proper body position, and the correct use of good, clear aids to assist the horse in developing balance, strength, throughness, and suppleness, while developing a deep and trusting relationship between horse and rider. I want to be approachable, and for my students to feel comfortable asking questions. I work carefully and patiently with each horse and rider, to foster a relationship based on trust, compassion, and understanding.  It is my conviction, that there is no place for tension, anger, or hostility in dressage training of either the horse or the rider. It is my goal for you and your horse to find mutual trust and understanding through positive experiences and ENJOYABLE rides.

Please contact me if you have any questions or wish to disucss any particular issues that you may have regarding dressage instruction for you and your horse.

Laura Blanton