I’ve been at home at Braeburn Farm in Snow Camp NC for 34 years. It is here that I was first able to have my own barn and dressage training facility after nearly twenty years of hard work and education in America, Germany, Austria, and Brazil.
On this farm our horses live in the most close-to-nature manner while receiving kind and classical dressage training. This is unusual. Most training facilities do not allow the horses to live out in large grass paddocks and for both geldings and mares to live in a 20-acre pasture together, year-round! I have a comfortable 9-stall enclosed barn with tack room, feed room and wash stall. The horses come in every morning for breakfast, grooming, training, and are then turned back out.
Riders and their horses come for lessons and training. My horses and students have competed at all levels. As an examiner for the USDF Instructor Certification Program, I have had the honor and pleasure of working with many certified instructors all over the country. I have also been an “R” USEF Dressage Judge for over 35 years. What I love most is riding and teaching.
Clinics are exciting opportunities to help riders with their horses for two consecutive days of concentrated work. I often ride the horses briefly in order to get a feel for the horse. This enables me to give the rider my best possible advice. I am always thrilled when the horses go considerably better on the second day, and the riders have an optimistic outlook and a plan for future training. This is my goal.
It is difficult to put into only a few sentences my philosophy of training horses and riders. The most important aspects are that “first, we will do no harm.” The systematic gymnasticizing of the horse—this is what dressage is—makes the horse safe and comfortable to ride, builds his body and mind to be strong and healthy, teaches him to progress as far as he is capable, and increases the length of his useful life. I follow the classical pyramid of training which covers six “simple” things:
- Relaxation and Looseness
Phone: (336) 214-1631
6707 Bass Mountain Rd.
Snow Camp, NC 27349