I am seeking the right person or possibly a couple of people to help keep my horse in work on the days that I am unable to make it to the barn. The right person/people would be able to ride on Tuesdays/Thursdays (possibly Mondays). I would prioritize someone who wants to ride him in a lesson format with my trainer as it is important to me that he continue to progress in his training and that anyone handing him is consistent with his training. I would consider someone willing to take a lesson once a week and ride independently once a week for the person who does not want to limit their riding to lessons in the ring provided the rider has a certain level of experience. I am seeking an advanced beginner or higher rider for my horse. You must be able to ride walk, trot; stop/steer, and handle the horse safely on the ground with supervision. This is a good opportunity for someone who: wants to improve on basic skills and OR has an interested in lower level dressage, and OR has some experience, but maybe would like to work on learning how to bring a horse up the levels/learn training techniques. I am willing to do a month to month, but would prefer to find someone who is open to signing a quarterly contract or a 6 month lease contract. This would be an on-sight quarter or half lease, and the cost of the lease would cover your required weekly lesson, and a very small contribution towards his supplements/shoes. I cover all vet care, and feeding/board expenses. All tack and grooming supplies would be provided. If your needs and experience level fit into these requirements and you are interested below is information on my horse, my trainer, and our barn. Feel free to read on and contact me with any questions. Working on getting updated pictures and video. Please take the time to read if you are seriously interested as I have provided a a lot of information that should answer basic questions. No he is not for sale, and no I will not move him off property.
LESSON FEE IS $75 WEEKLY PAYED UP FRONT (BLOCK OF 4 LESSONS/MONTH) ADDITIONAL RIDES OR LESSONS NEGOTIABLE.
Rio is a 19 year old 15.3 hand Appaloosa Gelding. I have owned him for 15 years so know him inside and out and he has been meticulously cared for, is sound, sane and uncomplicated. We have trail ridden in all types of settings, open fields, woods, beaches, on the road, small and large groups and occasionally alone. In his younger days we did jump both natural and stadium objects to 3'. Over the last 5 years I have started exploring dressage with him. He is currently in training with a dressage instructor (more info on her below). We have ridden and shown successfully through training level with scores in the mid 60's.. We are consistently working 1st level at home, and beginning to lay the foundations of second level. My trainer feels that with consistent work he has potential to go through third level. He travels easily. He's a solid citizen at shows and adjusts to new situations and settings quickly with minimal anxiety. He is well mannered on ground for, grooming, bathing, clipping, leading, tying, trailering, handling of feet ect. He has been used for lessons on occasion and has been ridden by advanced beginners tweens, teens and adults. I have also given my 5 and 6 year old niece and nephew lead line pony rides on him. He is not what I would consider bombproof or point and shoot. He does need a rider who will give him some direction, but he is a very solid willing partner, and is not concerned about a rider who is newer/lacking coordination or learning a new skill. .
Prior to moving for a job Rio spent two years in on and off lessons with Casey Benkendorfer who rides at the Grand Prix level and holds her USDF Bronze Silver and Gold medals.
Over the last year since moving he has been in consistent (2-4 lessons a week) training with my current instructor Carol Bulmer at her farm. Carol currently rides and trains at Grand Prix level. She holds her USDF Bronze and Silver Medals. Carol is a USEF "R" Technical Deligate who TD's regularly on a national level. She is also an FEI level 1 Steward. She graduated with distinction from the USDF Learner Judges Program and is a USDF Certified T-2 Instructor. She has over 20 years of teaching and training experience with horses and riders of all levels and age groups. She has a background in pony club, and has taught many riders outside of the dressage discipline as well. She received her early training as a working student for more then half a decade with Dorita Konyot who is the Aunt of Tina Konyot (FEI Olympic Rider). She has continued to train with riders and clinicians such as Bill Woods, Judy Downer, and Sharon Poulin who are well known FEI level trainers in the Florida area.. It has been my experience as a working student with her over the last year and a half that Carol trains at your pace, communicates well, and is truly a teacher. (There are many great riders who are not great teachers). Carol is very safety cautious, and provides a very solid foundation of skills. For the rider who is ready to progress she teaches everything with a training mindset. In other words you learn the how and the why you do everything with the horse and how your skill set will build towards the next new skill. She teaches to train you how to train as apposed to just telling you what to do with no real explanation. The horse always comes first. They are never forced to do something, but rather she looks at what will best support the horse's needs in a positive manner so that she is able to achieve the desired outcome while making the work fun for the horse and rider. She is patient, and will push when needed.
Rio is boarded with Carol at her farm in Clermont (near Lake Louisa State Park). Facilities include a well maintained and lighted regulation size (60x20) dressage arena, and grass pastures to ride through as well as near by accessible trails through Lake Louisa State part. Rio has a stall with access to 24/7 grass turn out attached. The barn has a fully equipped bathroom with shower, climate controlled tack room, and full size refrigerator. There are two matted grooming areas with cross ties. The property is gated, and Carol and her husband are on property most times 24/7 for security and supervision. It is a small, quiet, and private facility geared mostly towards adults or responsible teens. Additional upper level horses available for lessons as well (if there are any riders out there looking to take lessons 3rd level +.
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