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    12-23-2010, 04:15 PM
Help with where to take lessons

Instead of taking lessons on Excel right now, I think I'm going to get them with Molly in dressage to improve my position before worrying about eventing. I found a few places that offer dressage lessons and was wondering if any of them have a particularly reputable trainer, nice facilities that anyone knows of, etc. So here they are:

Riding Lessons & Classical Dressage in Medina, Ohio

Schwung Farm

Grand Prix Farm
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    12-23-2010, 07:57 PM
Let me start that I do NOT know any of the instructors. Here is my opinion based on the websites:

1) Something I don't like at all about this one... I couldn't find instructors names (to look them up), some pics there just don't look quite right to me, and some descriptions sound kinda "wacko".

2) & 3) I liked them both. Trainer's name is there, you can google it up and lots of links come up, etc...

My instructor is similar to the 3rd one (she's also silver/bronze USDF winner), and she's absolutely awesome. Also 2) seems to be more into eventing than dressage, while 3) is dressage only (from my understanding).

In short, I'd try 3) first, if you don't like her - go with 2), and I'd unlikely to go in 1).
    12-23-2010, 10:06 PM
Thanks! I'll probably go watch a few lessons at each place, regardless. Some people don't have the best computer skills but still can give fantastic lessons, you know? Worth a try.

My friend actually won a free riding lesson through a church lesson at the third, Grand Prix Farms, and she rode a gorgeous Friesian. The instructor, she said, spent the whole lesson teaching her how to use her legs to keep the horse off the rail. I don't know if that's just something that stuck out to her that really needed to be fixed or what, but personally I would like to get more out of a lesson that. I guess I'll just go, watch lessons for people at different levels (the beginners and the top notch) and see whose style I like.
    12-23-2010, 10:25 PM
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Thanks! I'll probably go watch a few lessons at each place, regardless. Some people don't have the best computer skills but still can give fantastic lessons, you know? Worth a try.
Did you mean the 1st website? Well, it's not so much about website (although yes, it's unprofessional, and IMHO it means they didn't even try to make it "friendly"), but about statements they make there.

But you are right, watching lessons is a great idea. In fact that's what my current instructor suggested me first when I contacted her: come out and watch couple lessons on different level horses and see if it's something I like/want.

In any case good luck with any trainer you'll decide on!
    12-23-2010, 10:34 PM
Thanks! I agree after reading it some things are very....odd.

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