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    07-13-2010, 10:36 AM
Dressage Trainer in Maryland?

I know some people are from MD/VA, so would love to hear any recommendations. Feel free to PM me.
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    07-13-2010, 01:00 PM
I would suggest you post this on the Chronicle of the Horse Forum. You may get more answers there.......I know nothing about dressage.....sorry
    07-13-2010, 01:53 PM
Like a trainer for you? Or for a horse? I'm looking for a barn right now and my friend told me about where she rides and she rides dressage. I believe they do a lot of dressage. I think theyre called Reddemeade. Theres also a place I was interested in boarding (unfortunately theyre full) called Waredaca, and they do eventing so I'm sure they have some sort of dressage trainer. If you want more into, I live in maryland AND recently lived in VA so I know a LOT of places in both. :)
    07-13-2010, 02:11 PM
Reddemeade and waredaca have both been around for years and have great reps.
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    07-13-2010, 05:51 PM
Yes, I know both places. BTW, I also took lessons from I believe Wood-something (?) Riding Academy (198/New Hampshire), but those were completely useless. Reddemeade is a little too far to trailer in but still manageable. Waredaca from what I heard is ALWAYS full for boarding.

Folks, can you recommend particular instructors there? Someone who really goes after your seat, position of the hands, horse's straightness, etc. I'm looking for beginning dressage/jumping lessons for both - me and the horse (I can't always trail in), and I'm looking toward Sat or Sun (as my current instructor can't do the weekend unfortunately and I''ll have a class most probably on weekdays for 6 months or so).
    07-13-2010, 05:54 PM
LoveTheSaddlebreds, if you know other places, please PM me.

And thank you, LoveTheSaddlebreds and franknbeans!
    07-13-2010, 09:12 PM
Waredaca has a waiting list for boarding. It's such an exceptional facility with excellent trainers and instructors. Gretchen Butts is AWESOME!

What part of MD are you in Kitten?

I'm looking for a new instructor and have friends who ride with Aviva Nebesky and are thrilled with how things are progressing. You have to have your own horse for lessons, she doesn't have school horses. Her farm is in Bowie.

There is Celia Vornholt in Davidsonville - I've ridden with her a few times, she's another awesome one :)

There is Sharon Myers at Chimney Hill Farm in Upper Marlboro - she's supposed to be great... although I haven't met her, her husband owns the feed store I buy from so I hear LOTS of stories. And the farm looks VERY nice on the website.

If I think of anything else I'll post again :)
    07-13-2010, 10:15 PM
HAHAHA! What a small world! I worked with Aviva about 20 yrs ago when she was still a social worker! At that time, there were 3 of us at this particular hospital who were into horses-that was how I knew her. If she is still 1/2 as passionate as she was then, she should be great! And if you end up with her, Pm me and say hi! (she will laugh that I am now doing reining! LOL)
    07-13-2010, 10:38 PM
Thank you, My Beau! Did you actually train in Waredaca as well? I want to schedule lesson there may be next week (the private one to give it a try). I'll ask about Gretchen! Waredaca is rather close (about 10 miles away).

I'm on a border of Carroll and Howard counties, so Upper Marlboro (especially) and Bowie are a little too far with all this traffic and lights. I also don't trailer in a winter (because my horses are out of shape usually), but keep taking lessons on lesson horses, so Aviva is out of question unfortunately.
    07-13-2010, 10:43 PM
Hmm.. well I'll keep thinking. I know of some farms out that way - just have to remember what they're called ;)

I've never boarded at Waredaca or anything, but I've taken a few XC lessons with Gretchen and schooled and competed over their course numerous times. And she was my old trainer's instructor. Gretchen's the owner, so I don't know how easy it is to get a lesson with her, but definitely give it a try! She competed at Rolex and everything so she definitely knows her stuff :) I think her daughter Stefanie instructs also? Or maybe just trains? Pretty sure there are other instructors at the barn too...

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