Having been at beginner level for many years, Missouri helped me become a more confident and capable rider. She has done a great job teaching me the basics and increasing my time in the saddle. I didn’t even know what a 20 meter circle was! I love working with her.
She is really easy to understand, even for someone like me, that is unfamiliar with the all the dressage lingo. She is very knowledgeable and professional. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to move up to the next level in their chosen discipline or someone who just wants to learn horsemanship for trail riding.
Missouri is a serious student of classical dressage who is dedicated to bettering herself by continuing her education with top trainers and clinicians. She carefully and systematically brings along young horses according to the training pyramid, ensuring that they are on the correct path to greatness. And, she encourages all of her students to do the same! it.
I have known Missy for several years and through several different horses. She has shown the ability to adjust to each horse's needs and help keep me, as I have progressed or not, focused on the important elements in my dressage goals.
With the addition of Winston, a Hans Lenger, Indian Land Farm Hanoverian, trained by Missy, we have been able to pursue new aspirations in Dressage. Now successfully showing 1st-3, we are working on entering 2nd level competitively, with 3rd level movements being introduced for the 2019 competition year. Thankfully, she has a great sense of humor and helps keep riding fun, and has, most importantly; patience. So, I thank you.
Many of us have participated in clinics and it seems that the instructor, for the most part; gives every student an almost identical set of instructions regardless of Warmblood, Quarterhorse or Pony.
My approach to riding and training is that; each horse, each rider and situation has an appropriate and very individual response. What we used to call "soft eyes". It is seeing more than just the focal point (the rider and horse in front of you), it means being aware of everything else that is going on in the arena. I try to read or be sensitive to the reactions of the horse to rider and its body language. I feel it is the intuitive part of helping equine partners succeed together.
Matching exercises with the training and client abilities and horse capabilities is essential for any instructional program to have a favorable outcome. I base most of my instruction on classical dressage methodologies and feel the dressage pyramid of horse progress to collection is sound. That said, I include all forms of riding in my instruction and have considerable experience in each; whether it is Western or English.