Over 30 years of Classical Dressage Experience
Trained under World Class Instructors
Excels in developing horses from Green to Training Level
Cathy brings to Hillside Hunter Jumpers over 30 years of training, schooling and competing in Training, First, 2nd and 3rd Level Dressage. She has taken several horses from Green to Training Level; Schooled a horse who had previously shown First Level followed by a two year rest through Training, First, Second and Third Levels before his tragic death at the peak of his career. In 2015 she trained a young horse in four weeks from Green to Introductory Level, without a dressage court, receiving scores of 58.4375 in Introductory Level Test A and 62.8125 in Introductory Level Test B (Placing 4th out of 9 competitors and receiving Judges Comments of "Handsome Horse" and "Steady Test") in their first competition.
30 Minute** Private Lesson
45 Minute** Semi-private Lesson
One Hour** Group Lesson
45 Minute** Private Lesson
Two $45 Lessons per week.
Four $45 Lessons per month.
Expires at the end of each month.
You must give us 24hr notice unless weather is the reason.
If you do not give 24 hour notice you will be charged for that lesson.
For monthly packages please rescedule your lesson for another day within that month.
** Actual lesson time only. Please allow 30 minutes to tack up and 30 minutes to untack in each lesson.
dres·sage noun, \drə-ˈsäzh,
a French term, most commonly translated to mean "training" is a competitive equestrian sport, defined by the International Equestrian Federation as "the highest expression of horse training", where "horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements." Competitions are held at all levels from amateur to the World Equestrian Games. Its fundamental purpose is to develop, through standardized progressive training methods, a horse's natural athletic ability and willingness to perform, thereby maximizing its potential as a riding horse. At the peak of a dressage horse's gymnastic development, the horse will respond smoothly to a skilled rider's minimal aids. The rider will be relaxed and appear effort-free while the horse willingly performs the requested movement.
In modern dressage competition, successful training at the various levels is demonstrated through the performance of "tests", prescribed series of movements ridden within a standard arena. Judges evaluate each movement on the basis of an objective standard appropriate to the level of the test and assign each movement a score from zero to ten – zero being "not executed" and 10 being "excellent". A competitor achieving all 6s (or 60% overall) should consider moving on to the next level.
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