Dressage Vacation in the US?
I always see these fancy ads in Dressage magazines for dressage vacations in places like Spain and Portugal.
I would like to take a dressage vacation in the US but don’t know where to start/if it exists.
I’m looking for a reputable facility that specializes in dressage, with dorm style housing, with a covered arena with letters and mirrors, a USDF certified dressage instructor, FEI school masters. I would like to go for 5 or 7 days, would like 2 lessons per day. If it’s in a scenic part of the country, that would be a plus. Also, if they offer to video the lessons and later review them with me, that would also be a plus. The accommodations don’t need to be super fancy or anything.
Am I dreaming, or does such a place exist in the US? Maybe back east? Has anybody out there been on a dressage vacation, and if so, would you recommend it? How many arms and legs can I expect to spend on such a trip J?
You could try Jayne Ayers... I went there once with a group for a learning session but not sure if she is still doing that. You will need to stay in a hotel.
If you really want a dressage vacation, buy a fancy horse and put it in training somewhere you would like to visit. That's about the only thing I know of that's like a real dressage vacation experience in the US..
Anyways, for what you're describing, with accommodations, two lessons a day on schoolmasters, flights, etc.. I think $5000-10000 is what would be charged. On a schoolmaster with a lesson from a dressage "great" I don't think $300-500 per lesson is unreasonable - so with 2 per day - there's $5000. It probably is cheaper to just buy a nice horse and put it in training!!
Thanks Anabel - I'll see what I can find out about Jayne Ayers, but you're right, for that kind of money I should just go buy a horse. Or, maybe, I can take a "at-home" vacation and take a lesson every day from my regular instructor.
My trainer has a client that travels from Germany to ride with her for a week every year. It's always possible to ask a trainer you like if they would be open to something like that.
You could make your own dressage vacation by looking up one of the good, well-known instructors and setting up time with them. A lot of them are set up to have people stay for extended periods of time, like this one: Hassler Dressage » Instruction
My regional dressage club does a 4-day adult amateur camp each summer, but it's on your own horse. Your regional club might arrange something similar, too.
Good point. I'm actually originally from Germany so I thought about going to visit family and taking formal dressage lessons over there. They got some really fancy facilities over there.
Or I might ask my instructor if I can come stay with her for a week for some intensive training.
I will check out Hassler Dressage.
If you have extra money to spend, I think Dominique Barbier takes on students for intensive clinics on his property in Healdsburg, CA. Beautiful location, beautiful horses, but it'll be $$$$$.
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check out this place. it is near Boston. the main instructor is Portuguese and teaches in the style of the Iberian masters. They have all Lusitanos. There is a small house for visiting students, I believe. I have never been there, though, so cannot recommend on a personal basis.
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