He rides/trains from scratch, his own horse he has taken up the levels, but he has had him 11 years and competed Jr/YR on him (Imported from Germany) went and trained with Hilda Gurney and someone else in CA then moved back here to CO to teach. He has had the same horse for 11 years, got the horse as a 3 year old and the horse is now 14. He had great scores at lower levels (Training -First are 70's) and at I1 and I2, his GP scores have been in the 60's.
Sadly the dressage community in this area is very small, and mostly consists of who has the most money to buy the readymade horse. I know he has 2 clients that have WB and show at 3rd+ levels but other than that...(that I know of) he has me and my TB who ride training/first, my horse was obviously schooled through third at one time in his life because he does have his changes, but Im not interested in pushing him or riding 3rd level. We school at home with second level movements and both he and I are happy with that, my horse does the best shoulder-ins, 3 and 4 track (he likes 4 track, but I know you have to use 3 in show ring)
Then the other 3 that ride when he comes to my barn, one is a 9 y/o BLM mustang mare and novice rider, they are intro/training level. One is a WB cross with a 69 y/o rider who rides 30 min and then he rides the other half, they are just training level...and one is a 65 y/o lady with a 12 y/o Andalusian Mare who is just coming back into work and they are doing training level with plans to show next season. Out of all of them I am the most advanced rider/horse at my barn, so I think he sort of wants to do other things.
Yesterday's lesson, however, we didnt do the extreme transitions, as I spoke up and said I didnt think my horse was ready for them, nor did he really need them since they arent in training/1st tests and he agreed so we worked on lengthings and out and back within the gait instead.