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Lincoln and Surrounding Area
Margo Hamilton, MA
Lincoln Equestrian Center - Lincoln, NE
Margo Hamilton is a native Nebraskan with over 30 years of experience in the saddle. Margo has her USDF Bronze Medal and has a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Over the course of her riding career she has been privileged to work with wonderful local instructors including Rebecca Parker and Shan Lawton. Margo has been strongly influenced by the time she spent in California training with Jan Ebeling. She has been privileged to clinic with Cindy Ishoy, Uwe Steiner, Hokan Thorn and Bodo Hagen among many others. She greatly enjoys the study of and lifetime learning opportunities afforded to her by dressage.
Respect for the individual goals and talents of each horse and rider is at the heart of Margo’s lesson and training program. She views each client to be unique and works with each person where they are at to achieve their riding goals. She actively works to de-mystify the training process and increase her student’s knowledge base. While every rider desires to improve, the path by which that happens is different for all riders. Each lesson program is tailored to suit the individual.
Margo combines her expertise in mental health counseling and classical dressage training to create a positive, solution-focused system of training. Her holistic approach to training and teaching includes components of rider fitness, academic understanding, confidence building, as well as execution of movements. Margo believes there to be a systematic, measurable, achievable path to personal success for each horse and rider.
Margo emphasizes harmony between horse and rider as well as conditioning of horse and rider. She works with riders of many abilities in many disciplines believing: responsive horses, and confident riding are transferrable skills.
Margo is available for lessons, show coaching and conditioning of horses. She welcomes all inquires and looks forward to hearing about your goals.
Legacy Dressage, LLC
USDF Silver and Bronze medalist and having successfully competed at the FEI level for a number of years, Gracia Huenefeld is available for training, teaching, sales, clinics, or coaching at shows. Being a native of central Nebraska, Gracia took the opportunity to spend time working on the east coast for multiple trainers and furthering her Dressage education before returning closer to family. With exposure to many of the USDF programs, Gracia has worked for trainers who have been actively involved in the Young Horse and Dressage Seat Medal Programs. Spending over two years working for US Team rider Silva Martin (wife of US Eventing Team member, Boyd Martin), Gracia was able to ride along side and learn from some of the top riders in the sport. Whether teaching the youngster how to ride for the first time or taking the student or horse up the levels, Gracia is enthusiastic to pass on all she can to her student of any age! Students are welcome to trailer-in their own horses for lessons or check with her about the availability of a lesson horse. Gracia is also available to travel to teach on a limited basis.
For more information, check out Legacy Dressage, LLC on Facebook or contact Gracia at (402) 604-0060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emily Johnson of Mountain Rose Horsemanship - "Horsemanship from the Horse's Point of View"
Mountain Rose Ranch – Kearny, NE
Phone: 402-522-MRHT (6748)
Emily considers herself a lifetime student of the horse, believing there is no end to the learning process or to the expansive wisdom the horse has to offer. Inspired by the philosophies and methods of some of the greatest horsemen and horsewomen throughout history, she developed her own comprehensive curriculum, Wholeness Through Horsemanship™. Her training methods utilize direct communication the horse naturally understands in combination with her keen awareness of the human learning process. This approach creates a safe and effective environment for both the human learner and the equine student. Her instruction is inspired by the principles of natural horsemanship, ranch horsemanship, and classical dressage and reflects her passion for equipping both horses and humans for success on their journey toward individual wholeness and ultimate partnership. Emily, as well, is on the cutting edge of the new Western Dressage movement being one of only a small group of instructors in the nation to complete the Western Dressage Association of America®'s Train the Trainers™ program. Whether your interest is to foster relationships with horses on the ground or in the saddle, to experience them for pleasure or to enter the world of competition, MRH can help you and your horse realize your potential and turn your dreams of partnership into reality. Please take a look around the website, and let us know how we can best serve and support you in your pursuit of partnership with horses.
Providence Farm – 663 C Rd. Palmyra, NE
Jami Kment is a bronze, silver and gold medalist. She teaches and trains out of Providence Farm, a top notch dressage training facility where she provides quality, positive education for the horse and rider. She has been able to be a student of some of the most sought after teachers of our time such as Steffen Peters, Conrad Schumacher and Kathy Connelly. Jami has brought her students up to the very top in competition including top ten finishes at The Festival of Champions and North American Junior Young Rider Championships. She and her students have won a total of 15 regional championships. Jami and her partner Zania have recently qualified for the USEF Developing Horse Championships. They will also be featured on Dressageclinic.com with Kathy Connelly and Conrad Schumacher. Jami is a USDF "L" graduate, a wife, and a mother of three. See her and some of her students on the Providence Farm webpage at www.providencefarm.net.
Falkland Stables - 1565 S. 98th Street, Lincoln 68520
Home Address - 5727 Dennis Drive, Lincoln 68506
I have been actively learning, teaching and training horses and riders in the art of dressage for 35 years. The more I learn, the more I realize there is so much MORE to learn. I am an advocate for the horse's well-being and the safety of the rider. My training techniques improve communication between horse and rider by blending classical dressage training and natural horsemanship. My goal is to create a relaxed learning environment for horse and rider. I will identify your strengths and those of your horse, listen to your concerns and help you apply the basics of riding - a supple forward moving horse - to achieve your goals. I have worked closely with experts in natural horsemanship and dressage to great success with my own horse who is now working at the upper levels. I also have a special interest in preparing riders for the new USDF Western Dressage classes. Call for availability of school horses.
Middle Cross Stables - 500 Sprague Rd, Roca, NE 68430
Angie McClelland has ridden and taught dressage for nearly 20 years and is dedicated to a classical-yet-practical approach to this most challenging of disciplines. Angie showed 4-H and breed shows as a youth competitor, and caught the dressage bug in college, training and showing several non-traditional breeds for the dressage arena. Often called to help re-train horses who were originally shown in different disciplines, Angie has a talent for helping horses make the transition to dressage and for creative problem-solving when problems arise.
Angie’s depth of knowledge and appreciation for Arabians, Quarter Horses, and Morgans helps to bridge the gap between the "everyday backyard horse" and the upper-level equine athlete. Angie believes that every horse can be improved with dressage concepts, such as strengthening the topline and developing suppleness and relaxation to promote soundness and longevity. Similarly, every rider can improve with increased confidence, understanding of the aids and attention to equitation.
Angie leads the area’s only dressage-specific 4-H club and is experienced in teaching young riders; she also enjoys teaching adult students. Angie is based at Middle Cross Stables, and can teach lessons at that facility or travel to your barn or arena for lessons.
Sheila and Lyle Purdum
S and L Stables – 12301 S. 176th St. Bennet, NE 68317
Sheila Purdum has vast experience and credentials in Western Dressage including to include being a licensed USEF Western Dressage ‘r’ Judge and WDAA Train the Trainers graduate. Sheila has extensive knowledge in both Western and Driven Dressage training as well as English Dressage experience working with her mentor – Felice Rose. She utilizes Dressage Principles in all lessons including those for 4-H disciplines. S & L Stables is the home of Blazing Saddles 4-H club and Sheila has been instructing 4-H Youth for over 15 years and is a 4-H Level tester for Lancaster, Otoe and Saline Counties. Our basic goal is to develop and educate the rider/horse/pony relationship towards their goals and success. S & L Stables strives to be the premier WDAA activities barn in the region, having hosted WDAA/NDA recognized shows since 2012. Our driving activities include ADS competition preparation and coaching. Our student/pony teams have been quite successful at a Regional and National Level competing in ADS sanctioned shows in WI, IA, CO, MO and OK.
Lye Purdum has vast experience working with stock and driving horses. He is a student of the Clinton Anderson Natural Horsemanship principles and is a AMHR/ASPC licensed steward. He is available to do measurements of ponies.
S & L Stables give lessons on their schoolmasters both riding and driving. Limited boarding and training opportunities also are offered.
Still Waters Equestrian Academy – 18221 S. 68th St Hickman, NE 68372
Still Waters Equestrian Academy, 4 miles south of Lincoln, is owned and operated by Arnie and Char Cole and provides Boarding, Lessons and Training focusing on Responsible Horsemanship, safety and basic dressage principles.
Still Waters Equestrian Academy employs Laura Stueck as their instructor and trainer. Laura began her adventures in horsemanship at the age of seven. She first began by showing her Arabian National Reserve Youth Champion, MM Reign Dancer in California. When Laura was 15, she started riding dressage and discovered her passion in life. Laura has trained and still works with several dressage trainers in the area including Felice Rose, Jami Kment and Reese Koeffler-Stanfield in Kentucky and has participated in clinics with Conrad Schumacher. Laura is currently working on achieving her USDF bronze medal with her two Dutch Warmblood Horses, Orlando and Umbro. She will be continuing her Dressage education by working and training in Florida this winter.
Laura provides lessons on Still Waters lesson horses or on her students’ horses. She also offers schooling for client's horses on a limited basis. Laura has received her Instructor Certification from American Association of Horsemanship Safety and in the Secure Seat Method and has more than five years instructing beginning to intermediate riders attain their goals focusing on safety and the basics.
Omaha and Surrounding Area
Jane Fucinaro Dressage
Coda Cavallo Riding Academy
Basic Lessons – Advanced Training
With over 20 years of riding experience, and 8+ years as a professional in the industry, Jane teaches riders from ages 5+ the basics (and beyond!) of horsemanship, care and riding. Lesson horses are provided on a limited basis. Training is also available for horses in all stages of development, including young horses.
Jane is a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Bronze Medalist, USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer through Second Level, and fully insured for teaching and training. She has spent time on an Oldenburg breeding farm working with young horses and stallions. Jane began working with Sarah and Clayton Martin of Taka Chi Dressage (CO/FL) in 2014. Sarah and Clayton graciously offered a spot in their Professional's Clinic in Blanca, CO, simulating a USDF Instructor Certification. Here and in several clinics at home, Jane was able to meet horsemanship expert, Pete Rodda, and fine tune her groundwork skills, as well as Janice Dulak, creator and author of "Pilates for the Dressage Rider," giving Jane an excellent insight to the rider's seat and it's affect on the horse. She now continues to work with local trainer, Shan Lawton. With years of studying "Masterson Method" Equine Bodywork and Massage, she is able to recognize and address the bio-mechanics of the horse. Realizing that you're never too good to stop learning, Jane seeks out riding and auditing opportunities whenever possible.
Shan Lawton has over 30 years of experience in the art and sport of dressage, yielding an understanding of both human psychology and physiology. Shan holds USDF Bronze and Silver Medals. He has trained with Karin Sclueter, Tom Noone and Robert Dover, and has been fortunate enough to ride in clinics with Volker Moritz, Willi Schultheis, Bent Jensen, Janet Foy and Pam Goodrich. He has trained horses and riders competing successfully through Grand Prix.
Shan's clients range in level of expertise from lower level non-competing dressage riders to successful competing FEI riders, along with multiple eventing clients and clients wishing simply to work on their flat work, and in age from young riders to retirees. Their accomplishments include USDF bronze and silver medals and in one case a 15 point improvement in the event dressage score after one lesson. Horses that arrived in training with Shan with incorrect or ruined gaits have gone on to become high score performers at regional championships.
Shan teaches and trains in Omaha and Lincoln, NE and is available for clinics anywhere.
Reinbow Dressage Center - 18330 NE-50, Springfield, NE 68059
From posting to passage, Parker Dressage can help make your riding dreams a reality. Becky Parker, owner/operator of Parker Dressage has successfully competed all dressage levels Training Level thru Grand Prix in both Canada and the United States. She has had two students qualify for, and successfully compete at, The American Continental Young Riders Championships. Her students have competed successfully Intro Level through FEI. Currently located in Springfield, NE, at Reinbow Dressage Center, Parker Dressage offers training and lessons for horses and riders of all levels and disciplines. So whether you are wanting to ride a horse for the first time, or further your dressage training, Parker Dressage is here to help you with your equine journey. School horse available for beginning kids' lessons. May trailer in for lessons with own horse. Short and long term boarding and training packages also available.