"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~Anatole France
Welcome to Dressage by Nicol
Our dressage lessons and training programs are tailored to the individual horse and rider using basic horsemanship skills and training principals as taught by the United States Dressage Federation. Nicol takes into consideration your learning style (auditory, kinesthetic or visual) and teaches theory, bio-mechanics and herd behavior to maximize you and your horse's performance. Consistent attention to relaxation and confidence for the horse and riders are also in the forefront of the lessons because the above would be lost if there was not trust in the partnership. Nicol's goal is for you to enjoy your horse while maintaining your horses happy mental state and soundness in pursuit of your goals.
Nicol has graduated from the USDF "L" judges program with distinction and is a bronze medalist where scores were earned on "alternative breed" horses she trained. She is a silver diploma holder with the USDF University. Nicol has cliniced , and continues to do so, with numerous international level riders. She was a working student for several FEI trainers, including Debbie Fornia-Dewitt, who waw long listed and an assistant trainer for Alyssa Pitts of AP Dressage. She has attended USDF Symposiums, routinely audits clinics, participates as a demo-rider, shows at recognized USDF and AHA shows and has judged at local schooling shows.
She was also invited to, and participated in the Markel / USEF pipeline clinic taught
by Scott Hassler. This was an honor as the horse that was invited was a Friesian / Missouri Fox trotter cross. Yes, you read that correctly!!!!
Our program is open to adults and junior riders that are interested in competition or just being a better rider with more knowledge about your horse or horses in general. All breeds are welcomed and encouraged.