Janna and Godiva

Dressage Lessons

Lessons are available for students boarding at or trailering to my primary training facility, Freedom Ranch, located near Hastings, MN. I have some availability for lessons at other stables around the Twin Cities metro as well, including Symphony Farm near Stillwater. I do not maintain any school horses; however, privately owned horses may occasionally be available to lease or use for a fee.

Learn more about my methods by reading articles I have written about dressage!

Lessons focus on the classical principles of riding: developing the correct seat and position for effective delivery of the aids, learning how to ride in harmony with the horse's natural movements, and applying aids clearly and correctly for the appropriate dressage figures and movements. In accordance with practices at the Spanish Riding School, I highly recommend lessons on the lunge-line, not just for beginning students, but also for more advanced students seeking to strengthen their seat and position.

Students are under no pressure to show, but support is available for those who wish to do so. I have coached students at Training Level through Prix St. George and helped students towards USDF bronze and silver medals.

For those interested in improving their horses' abilities in dressage as well, I recommend a combination of lessons and training. Horses need a consistent and correct training program to attain the physical and mental requirements necessary to progress up the levels. I can often better help to facilitate this process by working on both sides of the human/equine equation.

If you have further questions or are interested in viewing a lesson or training session, please contact me for my weekly schedule and locations.