Will (Founder of Art2Ride) is a Master Horseman who studied extensively in Portugal with Nuno Oliveira whom he considers to be his greatest influence. He has competed in Eventing, Jumping and Dressage as well as coaching his students to regional and state championships including Horse of the Year awards. He competed on the prestigious Florida Dressage circuit for 3 years where he and his horses were consistent winners. He has been training professionally for over 40 years and was awarded his Silver Medal on a horse that was scheduled to be euthanized, it was so dangerous and unmanageable. A testament to a style of training that considers each horse an individual with different needs.
Karen (Founder of Art2Ride) has been riding since the age of eleven. Her riding career began in the Hunter/Jumper disciplines, showing on the "A" circuit. She currently competes at the FEI Levels in Dressage and received her Silver Medal on a green horse she trained.
I started riding when I was 9 years old. I was taught from the beginning the importance of balance and seat in riding. That meant that I got a nice basis without realizing it until much later in life. We (my husband shares the interest) only bought our first own horse when I was 30; we were living in Scotland at the time. We were lucky to have a good trainer who taught us if not quite classically then very close to it.
With our move to Sweden I fulfilled my long term ambition to own a Finnhorse, and we imported Usko from Finland. He was an ex-harness racer and basic trained for riding only a couple months earlier. With him I discovered Art2Ride in January 2013. I started lunging him according to the foundation training in the end of February 2013. However, it was only after I had sent my first video to Will for critiquing in August 2013 that we were properly on our way. After that there was no looking back. When Usko very sadly passed away in the end of April 2015, I was lucky to click with the only Finnhorse for sale in Sweden at the time: 5-year old Pöly came into our lives. He has been trained through the classical foundation training method ever since he came to us in the end of May 2015. You can follow both Usko’s and Pöly’s training history via the Art2Ride blog pages as well as their Youtube channel.
Horses have been my passion form a very early age, but my curiosity and analytical mind guided me to a career in science and research. I am a researcher in Genetics by training (PhD) and in this capacity I have been working with animal, plant, and insect research, mostly based on analyses of DNA and RNA. My main interest lies in conservation and population genetics, although my working background has been, and is, very broad. At the moment I am a freelance researcher and thus I have time to commit myself more to training horses and improving myself in that respect. I reside in Sweden (Uppsala region) but I am Finnish of origin, and thus can teach and advice in Finnish, Swedish, and English.
You can reach me at email@example.com
I have a web page: http://www.vanhalytixhorsetraining.com/ where you can see further details.
I am based at the Nordiclights Stuteri, Lunda Mellangården, 74194 Knivsta, Sweden. http://nordiclights.se/
I am open for clients. I travel regularly also to Finland (Jyväskylä region) and can keep clinics or give lessons there about twice a year if there is interest.
Chelsea grew up riding hunter/jumpers during her junior years and worked as a groom for several show barns in New England before achieving her Bachelors degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Equine Studies from the University of Maine. Upon graduation she accepted a full time position managing a Morgan farm and during which time she started several young horses under saddle. After moving several times due to her husbands military service, Chelsea is now permanently settled in the northeast. Chelsea enjoys working with a wide variety of breeds and brings the Art2Ride training philosophy to all disciplines. Patience and understanding are critical to working in partnership with our horses and Chelsea enjoys helping riders cultivate a positive training experience with their horse.
Currently accepting lesson students locally and available for clinics throughout New England.
Based in York, Maine USA.
I found my way back to horses in the year 2000 when I bought a farm outside the city of Halmstad (in the south of Sweden) together with my partner Niclas. I have since stuck to Swedish Warmblood horses and we have been breeding in a small scale.
I did a lot of show jumping at first but got scared after a few bad falls and I started focusing on dressage instead. This time I really wanted to do things the right way and had the money myself so, I ended up paying different high level trainers a lot of money leading me in a direction that I never really wanted. I showed for a few years and won quite a few ribbons up to Advanced Medium level but I always had a bad feeling in my gut with all this pulling on the horse’s mouths and kicking them with the legs to get them to perform. When my horses started to actually just get worse from the training and one of my horses showed me something was really wrong by getting physical problems, I started to search for another way and found Art2Ride in the fall 2015. Since then everything I always felt suddenly made sense and I was now allowed, and taught how, to train horses the way I always wanted. I started training all our eight horses, from 3 to 13 years old, according to Art2Ride and they have all developed immensely. I am aiming to start showing again in 2017 so looking forward to that. Watching horses develop through proper training is truly gratifying and I have always loved educating others so when I was invited to the Art2 Ride Associate Trainer program I did not hesitate.
I am available for training sessions and clinics and I also have horses trained according to Art2Ride available for lessons at our farm. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding my services.
Öppinge (Oppinge) Birgesdal 684
305 94 Halmstad
I can’t remember a time without horses. My mom was an international show jumper and three-day eventer and made sure horses were in my life. At the age of 7, I started Difficult Run Pony Club, with an emphasis in combined training and hunter/jumpers.
I got my first taste of classical dressage when we moved to Vienna, Austria and saw the Spanish Riding School. After three years of school horse riding in Austria, we returned to Virginia and I bought a 3yr old gelding-quite the learning curve! I was lucky enough to begin my discovery of what it feels like having a horse work over its back, thanks to regular lessons with Shannon O’Malley (working student for Karen and David O’Conner). Shortly after receiving my C-2 Pony Club rating, we moved to Berlin, where I continued to ride in a dressage program.
I found Art2Ride in 2009 and after observing the first lesson with Will and Karen I knew I was home. This system of training holds sacred the health, harmony, and happiness of both horse and rider. It truly teaches you a higher dialogue with your equine partner. I’ve worked as Will’s working student and then associate trainer for the last several years and now train out of a private facility in Escondido, California.
I will have two openings October 1—I’m also looking for a working student for discounted board.
I am available to travel for clinics.
I think I emerged from the womb thinking I was a horse. I spent the first 5 years of my life whinnying and galloping around on all fours or playing with my plastic horse collection (with or without legs). I graduated to drawing horses for the next 15 years - a good foundation for the tools required to be an artist since horses are very difficult to capture accurately and I was obsessed with doing just that! After a month of horse camp in high school, a summer riding my brother's roommates QH jumper, I finally finagled my way to ownership when I was 21 (by hook and by crook). Poppy taught me so much as we learned together riding the mountain trails of Colorado together. My passion for horses led me to training standardbred race horses for the leading owner on the east coast for several years traveling between NY and FL each season. This was a professional experience that completely prepared me for any training challenges I would face. I raised several foals over the next 15 years, culminating in the breeding of a leased TB mare to the first Swedish Warmblood I ever saw - Flamenco (by Flamingo - an international dressage star under Kyra Kyrklund). My first WB cross was my current mount (Kip)'s dam. I discovered Art2Ride in June 2013 by some internet magic that had me perusing YouTube. I immediately connected with every statement and vision of relaxed training I saw and submitted a video during that first summer when Will offered a free year of videos to his YouTube subscribers. It was only after I won a slot in this competition that I went to his website and read his bio, only to find out he had studied with my dressage God, Nuno Oliveira, who I had been following since the early '90s through reprinted articles between the dressage masters of the earlier decades in the magazine Dressage and CT (I still have all my copies of this magazine - that's how impactful these articles were to my education in dressage).
I have worked with many breeds over a 50 year obsession with horses (ponies, arabs, QHs, Appaloosa's, an ex reiner, standardbreds, TBs, and warmbloods). What I am sure of deep in my being is the efficacy of the Art2Ride classical training - nothing has come close. I am currently re-inventing myself from a 17 year career as a hydrogeologist working as a consultant for Corporate America into an Innkeeper at www.yalemanor.com (a 5-room, 4-yurt Inn located on 10 acres of the east shore of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes of upstate NY). Phase II of this re-invention is the building of an Art2Ride Training Center on the property exclusively offering clinics and trained horses for travelers to experience or to bring their horses to work in the method. Currently, I can travel to barns for clinics.
Yvon has been working with horses as a groom since she was a teenager and started dressage riding when she was 25 years old.
“I have owned and started several young horses in dressage competition up to level 3.
During these years I learned that ‘modern’ dressage training methodes did not really help me in developing my horse and myself as a rider. I also needed to find a training method that would help me to preserve the horse’s physical condition and prevent injuries as much as possible”
In 2012 Yvon started the study “Basic Trainer” at the Neo-Classical School for the Art of Horsemanship (NCSAH) in the Netherlands to lean more about anatomy, biomechanics and classical riding. She graduated in 2013.
In that same year she discovered Art2Ride on the internet.
“I was really surprised and excited what I read about Art2Ride. My study at NCSAH really brought me good things but the Classical Foundation Training was the missing piece of the puzzle in training and riding my own horse and teaching others. I watched all instruction videos on the Art2Ride website and started to work the A2R-way, but I was eager to know more”
In May 2015 Yvon traveled to California to meet Will Faerber and his staff and learn more about the Classical Foundation training method. She had all her questions answered by Will and also got the opportunity to work with one of his horses and show her abilities and understanding how to correctly engage a horse.
“I became his first associate trainer in The Netherlands, which I’m really proud of.
And since that day I successfully teach riders how to develop their horse’s strength, balance, connection and engagement following the Art2Ride Classical Foundation Training.
I truly believe in this system as I have seen positive results with my own horse already. The community is growing and that’s very good news for the horses.’
I’m available for training, teaching and clinics
I loved riding horses as a girl over the hills in the California bay area. In high school, I rode hunter/jumper horses. When I had children, I made sure they took riding lessons and eventually had a pony of their own. Later on, I became a student of riding and eventually found dressage. After studying underseveral different trainers, I saw a short video clip of Will Faerber explaining the correct movement of a horse’s back. This began a transformational journey that sparked a passion for true classical dressage. As I began studying Art2Ride’s classical foundation training, I found the work hugely beneficial for our Paint mare, Sky. I attended clinics and submitted critiques and eventually became certified as an Art2Ride associate trainer. I began helping others learn the method for their horses. I developed patience training Sky, who was ridden upside-down her whole life and had never even used her back properly before. This made any other horse I worked with seem easy. I enjoy helping horses of any age and background to reach their full potential.
I love seeing a horse when it first realizes I am going to allow it to move comfortably for the first time. Once the horse gets there and feels that he can actually use his back and his neck the way he was created to use it, the horse becomes a willing partner in the work. That is what keeps me going and compels me to help as many horses and riders as I possibly can. Learning from the old masters and Art2Ride about classical foundation principles has changed my whole approach. I am convinced that with patience and time this method will help every horse become the best it can be in any discipline. My job is to let people know, so they can help the horses they love too.
You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
My website: http://www.classicalfoundationhorsemanship.com
I am based in Lancaster County and Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, 17533. Please see my website for lesson and clinic options
For the last 25 years, I have studied dressage with teachers and trainers (mostly with a "classical" background, e.g. from Saumur and Vienna or having ridden with Oliveira) as well as in books, tapes and DVDs, on horseback, looking at riders in many countries and locations, and have met a great many interesting people in Belgium, France and the U.-K. who were kind enough to share their experience and knowledge with me.
I came across Art2ride 2 years ago and have applied this method with great success with several horses.
I own a small private stable in the South of Belgium where in May 2015 we were lucky to organise a clinic with Will Faerber.
What I like most is helping people and horses understand each other better and work together.
For more information, please contact me by mail (email@example.com) or on Facebook in the Art2ride group.
I first started riding at the age of ten and fell in love with the horses and since then wanted to spend all my time with them. Sadly my parents never wanted to buy me a pony so I had to settle for the local riding school. But I loved it and could stay in the barn for hours just brushing the horses. My dream was clear, I wanted to have a big black horse just like Black Beauty from the books and I wanted to gallop bareback cross the fields. But as I grew up I still didn’t have the money to have my own horse instead I was riding other people’s horses.
When I was 19 I went to America for a summer as a camp counsellor teaching horseback riding at a pleasure farm. My dream horse changed then and there and went from a big black horse to an appaloosa. I learned a lot of new things about horses that I really liked but I also saw a lot of things that I didn’t like.
I believe the horse and rider should be a team with a relationship based on trust and harmony. I have always been weak for the underdog and loved the horse nobody else liked. I like a lot of character in my horses.
I found art2ride four years ago but it took me a while before I was ready to dive in. But once I had the courage to do so I felt immediately that this was the right path for me. I was surprised by how something so "simple" could give you such amazing results. Now I want to teach the art2ride method to others, I like to help horses and rider find harmony.
I am based in Borlänge sweden but I am willing to travel for lessons and clinics.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
When I found art2ride it was like coming home. I finally felt like this was something that I could be proud to be a part of. I can now teach others another way of training horses a way that feels good for the both of you.
I am now the owner of a cold blooded harness trotter named Musse. Musse is a very hard headed, stubborn horse but with the help of art2ride he is transforming into a really nice dressage horse. Soon you will be able to follow my training with my new horse on the art2ride youtube channel.
I am available for lessons near Borlänge were I am based and all the way up to Sundsvall (since I visit Sundsvall a couple times a year)
I began riding around age 12 and grew up showing hunters and jumpers in the Alberta (Western Canada) area. My passion was the equitation division and after I aged out of the CET Medal I took a short break and transitioned to training dressage. I did a bit of preliminary showing, but at the same time began education as an Equine Therapist through the BC College of Equine Therapy following University. I came through this 2 year program and then furthered my equine therapy training through a number of the Equinology courses. Through this education I began to see holes in my riding and went back to basics, learning the fundamentals of groundwork and horsemanship, before returning to a dressage focused program for my horses.
Currently I am still pursuing further education in in the equine therapy field and have my own therapy business; EQ Equine Therapy. Find more information on education and philosophy, as well as a new blog, at www.eqequinetherapy.ca.
In my coaching, I focus on anatomy and biomechanics as the basis for all riding & want to promote horses that are safe, happy and sound for long term careers. I am grateful to I have found this training method that makes sense to both my body and my mind. It is a privilege to be part of the team and help more horses and riders head towards a healthy partnership. As well as the entire Art2Ride team, I lean heavily upon the knowledge of Dr. Deb Bennett, Will Faerber, Manolo Mendez, Josh Nicol, and Dr. Kerry Ridgeway in my riding and teaching.
Karli Starman EST EEBW
Riding since the age of 8, I knew even then that working with horses was what I wanted to do the rest of my life. Growing up showing in all disciplines, spending my youth in 4-H and helping to start young horses at the barn where I boarded my first pony Carizma only solidified my decision. After High School I managed barns until starting my own small facility in Basking Ridge New Jersey where I reside with my friesian mare Eve and my andalusian gelding Charlie. I’ve had many trainers, been to many clinics and completed quite a few apprenticeships. None of which had explained and shown so clearly how to achieve a true partnership by developing a horses strength, balance, connection and engagement like Art2Ride.
For lessons or training contact me at: email@example.com
Or message me via Facebook
Joan began riding at 5 years old taking lessons with a trainer who rode in endurance competitions. This trainer started Joan off riding in an english jumping saddle and taught her horsemanship skills. It was the beginning of a life with horses. Joan grew up attending a variety of clinics, workshops, doing apprenticeships, working as a professional groom in the hunter jumper industry, spent a year in Colorado training with John Lyons and his son Josh, worked at a thoroughbred breeding farm starting colts under saddle and rehabbing horses coming off the track, then started workshops and clinics in Ohio teaching riding and horsemanship skills which led to the beginning of JS Horsemanship LLC.
Joan believes in a holistic approach to training which includes both the horse and rider. She has ridden both english and western and has experimented with many different disciplines and is currently expanding her knowledge of dressage. Joan has worked with and trained many different breeds of horses. While working with horses and their owners she discovered that many of the issues we have with our horses are due to physical difficulties. This motivated her to search for a training method that addresses the physical horse in a holistic manner. She discovered Art 2 Ride on line and invited Will Faerber to come to Ohio and teach a clinic in 2014. Since that time Joan started training her own Morgan gelding using the Art2Ride method and became one of Art 2 Rides associate trainers. Joan is currently teaching in Northeast Ohio and offers private lessons and clinics.
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
I've always loved horses since I can remember, always wanting to ride the ponies at local fairs multiple times. I started formally riding horses at 7 years old with a local trainer and got my first pony at 10. At the time I was interested in primarily jumping which led to the purchase of our second horse. My younger sister and I starting training with an eventing/dressage trainer who, like most other trainers, promoted a soft hand, but her words never matched up with her actions. I never felt like this form of training was right for the horse. Confusion and determination to learn more sent me to YouTube and I found Art2Ride, but didn't really get into it until our local Pony Club that I was riding in set up a clinic with Will. He was the first trainer who could demonstrate kindness and respect when working a horse and I instantly devoted all my time to developing our horses correctly. At 14 I got a 14 year old, untrained mare who hadn't been backed yet and trained her myself which has taught me and continues to teach me so much about patience when training horses. My deep care for animals and analytical type brain has pushed me to look at all aspects of horse training from the inside out and helped me to develop better relationships with my horses. Two years of learning and perfecting my skill at training allowed me at 16 to earn my foundation associate trainers certificate.
I grew up in England and discovered my love for horses at the age of four when my cousin popped me up on a Welsh pony, and I was hooked from that day on. My parents did not have the means to buy me a horse so I saved my pocket money to pay for lessons and became a "schoolie", working at the stables to get to ride. I purchased my first horse in 2000 after moving to the United States, a horse who unfortunately had a history of abuse and coped with it in a dangerous way, a situation which forced me to educate myself to save myself. The skills I developed to cope with such a difficult horse did not go unobserved and resulted in a business based on helping other owners deal with their troubled horses. To further my education I focused on the principals of Dressage and worked with and for a Dressage trainer for 6 years, schooling up to 4th level on a very troubled OTTB, as well as studying with numerous renowned clinicians from different aspects of the equine industry.
Although I learned a tremendous amount I didn't realize what information and skill was missing until I discovered Art2Ride in 2010. I attended an A2R clinic and immediately felt like I had found the missing piece to my Dressage Training. In fact, I was brought to tears at the realization of the injustice done to my previous Dressage horse. I was asked to be an associate trainer later that year and have been successfully sharing this knowledge through my business and working with Karen during her regular clinic visits. I've been also fortunate to be able to work with Will during my San Diego visits at their A2R facility.
My hard work and effort has paid off and now I have the opportunity to develop a completely green unbroke 3 yr old mare, Delilah, who arrived from the Netherlands in October of 2016. This is the first horse I've owned or trained that I didn't have to undo any previous abuse, incorrect handling or training. Thus, she provides a great platform for me to show the progression of a properly developed horse from the ground up.
I'm very excited to help others fill in the missing pieces and develop their horses with the Art2Ride Classical Foundation Training. This philosophy results in supple, relaxed horses whose abilities are the result of correct development and emotional well-being, which culminates in a harmonious partnership between horse and rider without resistance.
My current training business is located in Marin County, California and I am available for lessons. Please contact me at 415.613.2244 or email@example.com for more information.
Additionally, I can be booked for riding clinics through Art2Ride and offer the added option of integrative clinics and educational opportunities on biomechanics and saddle-fitting with whole horse veterinarian and saddle-fitter Dr. Joanna Robson, DVM of Inspiritus Equine, Inc.
Hi, I’m Allison. In January of 2016 my horse Contigo was diagnosed with Kissing Spine, an injury of the back caused by hollow riding and ill-fitting saddles. His diagnoses was the catalyst for my search for a dramatic training change.
I found that change in Art2Ride which helped me decided to forgo modern dressage-style professional training to study and practice classical foundation training, a system that puts the horse first.
Contigo was extremely stiff and fractious when we started Art2Ride. However, today, he’s a different horse with the physical suppleness, willingness and relaxed mental outlook I’ve always wanted with him.
Starting in April of 2017, I began working closely with co-founder of Art2Ride Karen Loshbaugh through her clinics and regular video-based critiques. Karen has also enlightened me to proper saddle fit and has paired Contigo with his first properly fitting saddle from Peter Horobin Saddlery. I am hosting the first Art2Ride clinic with Karen in my hometown of Reno, Nevada in December 2017 and my goal is to bring clarity about proper back to front training to my peer riders in all disciplines.
When I am not working with Contigo, sharing my growing knowledge about engagement and bringing more awareness and prevention of Kissing Spine to the Reno Tahoe area, I am working as a full time hairstylist. I also own a young horse named Kjartan who not only loves Contigo but is excited about my change of training approach and the fact that through Art2Ride I can put his needs first, mentally, spiritually and physically.
When I think of all the horses who are rushed through training, held in forced frames and suffering, I think of them as orphans. May we all do our part to help them find their rightful homes.
I've always loved horses and they have been a part of my life over 20 years.
I've been riding western style, classical dressage and a little jumping. I've also been driving harness trotters and practicing Natural Horsemanship.
At upper secondary school I chose to study farming and horse grooming. I continued to work with horses in my spare time but not professionally.
I started to search for answers how to develop the horse to a healthy athlete, but only got some answers and I felt something was missing.
In 2015 I found Art2Ride and started watching hundreds of videos. In 2016 I started to practice the classical foundation Art2Ride training method and I regularly started to send in my videos to William and the Associate trainers for critique. From this I have learned so much and it really helps to have someone to see something you might not see yourself, no matter how far you have come.
I love the way William teaches "Don't beat, repeat" and I teach the same way with both human and horses. Art2Ride is the most logical teaching system I've encountered and William teaches in a simple and logical way and gives clear answers that make perfect sense. That is to me proof of a person who knows what he is doing. My own horse and all the other success stories we see around the world is living proof that this way is a good way to develop a trusting and healthy partner. I also love the that Art2Ride always emphasizes the importance of having a supporting team in veterinarian, body worker, farrier and saddle master. I've learned more in these two years than the other twenty about horse training and taking care of your horse’s needs. I'm ready to share it with anyone who is willing to take the time and effort to make it work.
You can follow me and my horse Lady on Arttoride Youtube channel or on this site under Educational Blogs.
Phone number +46 738300313
Hi! My name is Ekaterina Krylova, I’m happy to join Art2Ride Associate Trainers Program. I live in Russia, Moscow.
I started my journey with horses since I was 12 years old. But my consistent work began when my husband bought me my first horse in 2015. Since that time I have tried to find the best training system for my young trakehner stallion.
In 2016 I found Art2Ride. In August 2017 I organized the first Art2Ride clinic in Russia and I’m happy to share Art2Ride knowledge because this system is the best thing for horses I have ever learned about. I have fantastic results working through Art2Ride system. My boy has severe injuries (stifle ligaments, suspensory ligaments, kissing spines) but only with this gradual training I can bring him back to work and he becomes healthier with every day. Art2
The Art2Ride system teaches us to never give up and do what you do and gives us a fantastic reward – strong and supple and healthy horse for a long time. So I think this system is a must-have for every horse and for every rider. I want to spread these ideas in my country and involve as many horses and their owners as possible. For more information please contact me at www.art2ride.ru or art2rideru
I’ve been horse crazy for as long as I can remember. I first had the opportunity to ride when I was nine years old. I took weekly riding lessons (and of course participated in summer horse camps) until high school, when I was able to lease a horse and ride more frequently. Most of my childhood riding lessons focused on jumping, but my interest turned to classical dressage when I graduated from high school.
My passion for horses led me to pursue a degree in Equine Management at Asbury University, just outside Lexington, Kentucky. During college, I gained a wealth of experience working with a wide variety of horses. I concentrated my education on horse training and was selected to be one of 10 police horse trainers in my freshman year. The police horse trainers were each given a Percheron/Thoroughbred colt to train and later start under saddle. Shortly before graduating, I had the opportunity to participate in a demonstration with my police horse in training, at the 2010 F.E.I. World Equestrian Games. I was also commissioned a Kentucky Colonel for my work in the police horse training program. Maverick (now known as Ransom), the police horse I trained, works with Miami Mounted Police in Florida.
After college, I worked as the Riding Instructor and Horse Trainer at a stable in Pennsylvania called Eden Run Farm. When life changes led me to relocate to Indiana, I discovered the Art2Ride training method and suddenly realized I found what had always been missing. I’m an artist by nature and this training method is very artistic, involving a lot of feel and observation, but never force. I love the beauty of how this training method develops a true partnership with your horse. I believe this training is beneficial to every horse and rider because it really gives you a foundation of strength, balance, harmony, and trust.
I’m located in southern Indiana. To contact me regarding lessons, training, and clinics, I can be reached via Facebook messenger (Cherisse LaSalle) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My website and blog can be found at: https://lasalleequestrianart.com/
I have always been surrounded by horses. My mum was heavily involved in showing and worked for a local stud showing hunters and ponies. From a young age I was fearless and keen so I would get on all the difficult sharp ponies that needed sorting out or breaking.
I studied equine science and business studies at university. I went through the British horse society exams to become a stage 3 coach and stage 4 in care, management and riding. Whilst doing my 500 hours teaching to compete my qualifications I met the owner of the local riding school, competition yard and stud. He headhunted me to help his wife. She was a chief instructor, examiner, dressage rider and trained international eventers. They had bred a stallion who was proving difficult and they needed a rider to help whilst they were doing the groundwork. I had the opportunity to ride a high calibre of horses. They bought horses from the sales retrained them and produced them as very successful competition horses. It was a tried and tested system of ground work, lunging and riding the horses in a stretch. I loved what i saw and learned. It opened my eyes to a whole world that I couldn’t get enough of. It was only much later that I realised that what had been learning was “classical equitation.” Sadly they split up, disbanded the stud and quit the equestrian world. Disillusioned with the way the horse world was heading.
The only positive was that I bought the “problem horse” that first introduced me to this new world for a nominal fee. He became my horse of a lifetime. He taught me so much, we did Dressage, eventing and show jumping together and he is still fit and well at 24. I now work with his daughters to carry on his legacy.
Having felt what it was like to have a horse working over its back with correct posture, I became more and more aware of the necessity to have a correctly fitting saddle. It took me on a journey of discovery that culminated in becoming a saddle fitter. I have spent the last three years analysing and researching the way horses change through training taking measurements of all my horses and horses that I am involved with at various stages. I have also extended the range of saddles that I work with to enable them to be in synergy with the size of musculature that my horses were developing.
Finding Art2ride has been such a relief to me, filling in the gaps in my knowledge and sharing the journey with likeminded people. It has also been a great platform to assist my saddle customers to rehabilitate and rescue horses that I find along the way, and really make a difference to horses’ lives. My facebook page is Livlifesaddles. Email address email@example.com.
Valentina Max Galatioto
Hello! My name is Valentina and I am currently living in Poland, near Zielona Gora (although I was born and raised in Italy). My journey with horses started when I was 11 years old, but I was drawn to these majestic animals way before that. I finished an artistic high school and studied English philology with journalism, Architecture and now Coaching and the University of Zielona Gora. I am a certified horse-riding instructor and I have a diploma of supervisor and manager of summer camps for children and adolescents. I am constantly moving forward towards finding more inspiration, sharing my individual path, experiencing the world around me and seeking Art wherever I go.Art2Ride Classical Foundation Training and intrinsic motivation training for horses are my two big passions. Helping them to develop a healthy posture, movements and mind in such a way that the horse becomes a self-motivated, proud partner, awakening and strengthening his self-esteem is a truly rewarding path. The Art2Ride community is a place where I immediately felt safe, accepted and supported and I am forever grateful fro the invitation and opportunity to be part of the best team of trainers out there!My best friend, partner in crime and the reason I started searching for more, is Walker (or Jon/Jonatan). Walker is an AQH stallion born in 2014, whom I had since he was a weanling. He is the biggest love of my life. Because of his deep sensitivity and gentle soul, he has launched an avalanche of change in my approach to life and horsetraining, shifting it in ways that I would have never dreamed before.You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.orgOr facebook: www.facebook.com/valentine.galatiotoI am available for horse training.
I have been around horses since 11 years old where i started at a riding school which is where i stayed for many years. I also rode at a horse dealer's yard for a few years where i gained a lot of experience riding many different types of ponies/horses especially ponies that were known to have a few ridden issues such as rearing. More recently i have discovered a love for cold blooded equines in particular, gypsy cobs! I started looking after a herd of 5 horses back in 2012 which consisted of a Welsh cob, a OTTB, Gypsy cob, A welsh sec A and a Hackney x Welsh Cob. Over time the herd changed and horses came and went untill 2 years ago we had just gypsy cobs and now we currently have 5 of them!
I have always wanted to be a horse trainer since i first started riding but due to a lack of confidence in my own abilities and lack of method to follow, this ambition was more like a very distant, impossible dream at times. I have had many frustrating moments when schooling the horses we have, i never used to see any progress in the horses in which i was schooling which, as you can imagine it blew what little confidence i had and i gave up and stopped riding!
It was just by chance coming across a youtube video "Correcting Overflexion In A Horses Neck" and as i watched that video, i was amazed! There are hundreds of videos out there highlighting the damages of "hyperflexion" or "Rolkur" but never any about how to correct it. This was rhe first i had seen and every word Will was saying just made so much more sense then any horse trainer i had ever heard of. It was then i started watching Art2Ride video's and researching the scientific benefits and also biomechanics of a horses movement. I quickly became obsessed and on the 17th February 2016, i had my first ever Art2Ride session with 3 of our horses Paddy, Mr P and Blanco. As time progressed and so did the horses i was also learning not just about Art2ride training but also the psychology behind how a horse thinks and learns. This massively helped me during our training sessions to understand what our horses were thinking and how they were learning, i was able to make it easier for the horses to understand what i am asking of them, thus, reducing stress levels of the horse! It has now been almost 2 years since i started training according to Art2Ride, i was invited onto the associate trainers programme earlier this year after proving that i was able to train a horse to work over his back and in complete relaxation. These days i am much more confident thanks to Art2Ride and have so much more knowledge at my hands.
In future, i would like to be taking in horses for training, giving lessons and also clinics, spreading the knowlege and making it much more accessible to anyone who is willing to learn! I also have a huge goal of training my best friend, Paddy up to a grand prix level in dressage. I never used to think it was possible but now i am not so sure!
You can reach me on 07455542392 (txt only)
Tahia Lisell Risen
My Journey with horses started over 20 years ago, I would watch my neighbors ride their Norwegian Fjords and be so envious. As soon as a small stable with horses for trailriding started in my hometown I was there. Mucking, brushing, anything to be close to the best smell in the world.
I Started riding at the age of 6, mostly horses way to big for my size. Ex harness horses, big Norwegian Dola horses or Fjord Horses. I loved them all. I never had any wishes to compete, I just wanted to ride. I took some lessons here and there, and did some reschooling of trotters I borrowed for months at a time.
After working some years as a hairdresser I wanted to really sink deeper in to riding and dressage, so I took a year abroad and traveled to the states, worked at various barns, having people tell me a lot of different things. I landed at a very nice barn in Massachusetts where I stayed several months, learning the first steps of “ Real dressage”
Coming back home I wanted to buy my own horse, nothing fitted my description. All of a sudden he was there, young, newly gelded and crazy. So Kava came to me. We tried finding the right buttons on each other but something was missing, that was when I found Will on youtube, talking about the important of engagement, stretching and the hind. I Started working Kava the way he was showing and could se immediate change in his physique and attended my first clinic in August 2016. Since then it has only been A2R
I cannot remember a time where horses were not an integral part of my life. I began riding in summer camps when I was 7 and received riding lessons for my 12th birthday. Shortly after, I began leasing a 4-year-old, TBxQH named Sonny who had some behavioural issues. Being a green rider riding a very green horse, we had our fair share of issues. But, we also taught each other a lot. Three years later, he was moved to a different facility where I did not have a coach. This was when I found Art2Ride. From the first video, I knew it was the direction I wanted to go in. I spent hours studying videos and trying to apply it to my own riding. It was very clear to me how much Sonny was benefitting from these methods and that was all that mattered to me. In the years that followed, after purchasing Sonny, I continued to educate myself as much as I could through watching YouTube videos, submitting a video critique to Will, and taking lessons with a coach in my area who had very similar philosophies. However, it was a trip to California in the Fall of 2017 that really helped me bring my training to the next level. I visited Art2Ride as a working student and was lucky enough to learn from Will, Karen, and Amber during this time. In two months, I did around 80 lessons and the information and skill I gained was truly invaluable. I look forward to visiting Art2Ride again in the Spring of 2018 and am excited for a future of using Classical Foundation Training to enable horses and riders to work together in harmony.
I am currently located in Newfoundland, Canada where I am offering lessons and training. I have been instructing riding lessons for eight years and am also an Equestrian Canada certified instructor.