Welcome to Blue Mountain Dressage. I offer dressage training, show coaching, instruction- including Pony Pals Horsemanship (a program designed especially for children), personal fitness training focusing on improved mobility and athletic performance in equestrian sports as well as teaching Tai Chi for Balance and Mobility and working with people from all walks of life achieve their personal fitness goals. I have 20+ years professional experience as an instructor, trainer and professional show rider, competing in dressage, combined training, hunter/jumpers as well as specialty breed association shows. I am also Z-Health (R,I,S,T, 9S) certified Exercise Therapy Specialist. I have specialty certifications in nutrition, and motivational coaching and I'm an Oregon Research Institute certified Tai Chi for Balance in Instructor. I offer private, semi- private and small group lessons as well as half, full day and weekend clinics. I'm located in Pendleton, Oregon and travel to lessons locally and to clinics and shows around the country.
Beginner Level 1
This is an introductory level for kids 6-9 who are not yet ready to take group lessons. Beginner students will learn build on the Pony Pals skills and learn to demonstrate the following: • Demonstrate how to safely catch a pony in the stall or paddock. • Groom, pick hooves, saddle and bridle, with assistance only if necessary, demonstrating awareness of basic horse safety techniques. • Mount and dismount independently (with mounting block if needed). • Perform more advanced balance and position strengthening exercises on the longe line. • Perform simple position exercises independently. • Perform an emergency dismount at the halt and walk. • Perform one rein stop. • Demonstrate a pulley rein and a safety seat. • Shorten and lengthen reins correctly. • Perform walk-halt transitions, maintaining balanced position. • Know where all the letters are in the dressage arena. • Demonstrate the following maneuvers at walk: change of direction across diagonal, half-circle reverse, half-turn, large circle. • Drop stirrups and pick up again, without looking down, at the halt. • Ride in 2-point at the walk and over poles. • Ride simple ground pole course (3 fences) at walk, demonstrating jumping position and good approaches. • Ride on the rail at a sitting and posting trot, once around in each direction.
Beginner Level 2
• Groom, tack and untack independently. • Discuss correct stirrup length. • Adjust stirrups and girth while mounted • Perform an emergency dismount at the trot. • Demonstrate use of one rein stop and pulley rein by halting horse from trot. • Ride smooth walk-trot transitions, maintaining balanced position. • Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of posting diagonals. • Change posting diagonals. • Demonstrate the following maneuvers at walk and trot: large circle, figure-8, serpentine,half circle, half-turn and diagonal with change of posting diagonal. • Ride on the longe at walk, trot and canter without stirrups and reins. • Drop stirrups and pick up again, without looking down, at the walk. • Ride in 2-point at the trot on the flat and over ground poles, developing ability to balance independently of hands. • Ride grid of trot poles, demonstrating secure jumping position. • Ride a ground pole course of 5 poles at the trot with opening and closing circles. • Be able to perform USDF Intro test A and B