My training and lesson program is currently based out of Hilltop Haven Equestrian, located off Highway 203 between Carnation and Duvall. Kris and Ron Sawyer's Hilltop Haven is a beautifully run facility where students and their horses can relax and focus on learning together.
With dressage we seek to preserve the horse's natural way of going and to preserve his generous nature. Teaching and lessons are based in traditional dressage methods. I have been a student in Master Philippe Karl's Ecole de Lègéretè (School of Lègéretè) since spring of 2011 and have completed his Basic Instructor's training. Currently I am taking advanced courses and completing my exam requirements towards certification in the school. For more about L'Ecole de Lègéretè go HERE.
As an instructor of nearly thirty years I draw on my experience with traditional dressage training, natural horsemanship and the study of equine biomechanics.
Training and lesson programs are individually designed to meet the needs of each horse and rider combination. Specific issues for each horse are addressed using a combination of exercises to alleviate imbalances, crookedness (sidedness) and asymmetries to achieve flexibility, balance, true straightness, relaxation and responsiveness. I happily work with all types of horses and riders at all levels of ability. Skills for both horse and rider are taught progressively in a logical fashion that builds a solid foundation for both.
Lungeing, work in hand along with ridden work combine to make a complete program that develops the horse mentally and emotionally as well as physically resulting in relaxation and an improved understanding and relationship between horse and rider.
Nikki and Bacardi are well schooled, experienced and available for lessons.
Partial leases of school masters are available to regular students.
Jane also offers a full-time apprenticeship program, for the dedicated student looking to immerse themselves in French classical dressage. This is the perfect opportunity to dial up your advancement as a rider, or to develop the foundation of a career with horses. Please contact Jane with your interest and any questions!
An excellent and well-understood method for teaching the horse the “language of the aids” through basic gymnastic exercises. This helps create trust and understanding between horse and rider. The horse can begin understanding contact, leg and rein aids.
Here we begin teaching the “language of the aids.” The horse begins basic gymnastic exercises including flexions, lateral work and transitions.
• Creates trust and understanding between horse and rider
• Begins development of the horse’s understanding of leg and rein aids
• Excellent and well-understood method for teaching the horse contact and acceptance of the bit
o Very successful and kind method for correcting problems with the mouth
o Fearful, spoiled horses respond well to Work In Hand
• Lateral work including Shoulder In, Renvers, Travers and Half Pass
• Transitions between gaits
Don't be intimidated! Basic jumping need not be high to be effective. Basic jumping exercises encourage the horse to be bold and lift in the shoulder. It is a fun exercise for the horse as well as a good gymnastic to develop a well-schooled horse.