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Founder of the Classical Riding Club itself, classical riding historian Sylvia Loch has been riding & practising the art of Classical Dressage for some 40 years. In addition, she is a trainer, teacher, writer, video producer, lecturer, and the Founder of the Lusitano Breed Society of Great Britain and the Classical Riding Club. Sylvia trains throughout the world including the UK, South & North America, South Africa, New Zealand & Australasia.
Sylvia remains the one of the ‘most prolific and widely read English-speaking author on Classical Riding still alive today.’ Publications include; The Classical Rider, Dressage in Lightness, The Balanced Horse; The Aids by Feel not Force, The Classical Seat, and The Royal Horses of Europe amongst other works.
Interesting Facts about Sylvia Loch:
- Sylvia’s Classical Riding Club has been made an independent partner of the British Horse Society and its work is recognised at international level.
- Sylvia is the only British instructor qualified by the Portuguese National School of Equestrian Art.She is also the Classical Dressage Trainer for the ABRS Jefress Scholarship Trust. Founder of the Lusitano Breed Society of Great Britain (1986) and now Honorary President.
- Buckingham Palace – Portuguese State Banquet – presented to H M the Queen and President Soares of Portugal (after dinner, invited to a private audience with HM on the subject of her books and horses)
Cowboy Dressage creator, “Soft Feel” advocator & legendary horseman Eitan Beth Halachmy, was recently honored at the 2015 17th Western States Horse Expo as an inductee into the event’s prestigious Hall of Fame.
Eitan was born in Israel, where a Hungarian Cavalry Officer was to instill in him as a young boy a regard for horses and horsemanship that is still the foundation of this training methods and philosophy. Eitan (known to his friends simply as “8”) followed his heart and the seeming intervention of mystical destiny not only to multiple World Championships, but also to a spiritual cross-species bond with an equine companion appropriately called “Compadre.”
Eitan has won many World and National Titles in the Show Horse Industry. He and his Morgan Stallion, Holiday Compadre have been the World Champion Western Pleasure Horse both in 1993 and 1996. In 2002, 2003 and 2005 Santa Fe Renegade and Eitan were named World Champion Western Pleasure Horse of the year. Eitan and Holiday Compadre are now famous for their own brand of horsemanship dubbed “Cowboy Dressage” in which Eitan applies his years of childhood training in classical dressage to western horsemanship. In Jan of 2003 Eitan was awarded the Barbara Worth Oakford Memorial Trophy by USEF for outstanding Western Horseman of 2002. In September of 2006 Eitan and Santa Fe Renegade had the great honor of being asked to represent the US in the closing ceremony of the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany.
Eitan and his beautiful wife Debbie own and operate Wolf Creek Ranch in the beautiful Sierra Foothills in Grass Valley, CA. USA.
Founder and author of ‘Dressage Naturally’. Karen Rohlf trained over 20 years in dressage with Anne Gribbons (‘O’ dressage judge, International Grand Prix trainer and competitor) and studied Parelli Natural Horsemanship directly with Pat and Linda Parelli. She has trained horses and students to the upper levels of dressage, represented the USA 4 times on the Young Riders team, passed her USDF ‘L’ Education (judge training) Program test with distinction, and was accepted into the USEF ‘R’ judge program.
She now divides her time between traveling the world giving clinics and training at home at her Temenos Fields in Ocala, Florida, and partnering with Equi-Show!
In the early years, Karen became one of the youngest riders in the US to train her own horse to FEI. She has a solid understanding of a progressive gymnastic training system. Her students and she competed locally, nationally and in the International Young Riders Championships.
As mentioned, Karen Rohlf was selected 4 times to represent the USA at these championships, twice as part of the silver medal team and once earning the individual bronze medal. A student of hers also was selected for the team twice on two different horses trained by Karen. There are also multiple National USDF Horse of the Year placings, Regional Championships and Reserve Championships earned by her and her students.
Lyn co-wrote the official Cowboy Dressage tests with creators Eitan & Debbie Beth-Halachmy. Lyn is a partner in Cowboy Dressage World, the instructor & mentor for the Cowboy Dressage Judge’s Training Program and is a top recommended judge worldwide.
Lyn has competed in English & Western Dressage, Working Cow Horse, Combined Training, Show Jumping, & Western Pleasure. She competed in eventing, but finally settled on the sport of dressage where she successfully competed, trained & coached to the FEI levels of the sport.
Lyn also completed the USDF “L” judges program, has trained many breeds of horses & coached many riders successfully up the levels. Lyn has also participated in Cutting, Reining & Team Roping. Lyn has a deep respect and love for horses and always strives to give the horse the benefit of the doubt while helping many riders/horses achieve harmonious, successful relationships.
Lyn has always been a cowgirl at heart and has always loved horses – all kinds. She resides in California with her husband, John Moe, their 2 dogs, a horse, and a mule.
International Dressage Trainer, Judge, Author & Founder of El Caballo de España. Peter is an International Dressage Trainer of world-wide repute. He runs regular clinics throughout Britain, The Isle of Man, America and Germany, as well having performed and taught in Ireland, Spain and Dubai. His emphasis is on the dressage training of both horse and rider. This is based on many year’s experience of training dressage and a balance of beliefs and principles that has put Peter Maddison-Greenwell up there amongst “the worlds top dressage trainers in his field” (Pathfinder Dressage by Penny Hillsden). His philosophy and personality, combined with a sound depth of knowledge and riding ability makes him absolutely unique in the equestrian world. He is one of the few people who crosses over with ease from Performer to Trainer in all aspects of dressage as well as Doma Vaquera and Garrocha, High School and all aspects of Work in Hand. Peter is equally happy helping the classical and dressage competition rider as well as performance and display riders in the ever increasing world of Equestrian Theatre, of which Peter has been one of its pioneers.
As founder of well the known El Caballo de España and The First Equestrian Theatre, Peter has promoted the famous Andalusian of history or as it is now known as The Pura Raza Español (The Pure Race of Spain). His many shows since 1988 have brought to the public and horse enthusiast the history, culture and beauty of the Spanish Horse in all its glory of past and present. After two films and two shows at Bolsover Castle, three years ago Peter fulfilled a long standing ambition to bring back Spanish horses to Bolsover Castle as a permanent feature.
As a well respected authority on the Spanish Horse, Peter was asked by J.A.Allen to write “Living and Working with the Horse of Spain”. Published in England, America and Spain. An authority and stickler for correctness in Tradition and Tack, Costume and Presentation as well as the showing in English, High School and Doma Vaquera, his judging is not only fair but an education. Peter has judged for the British Association for the Purebred Spanish of which he was Vice President and President for seven years and a committee member overall for some sixteen years. He has twice judged for The Royal Windsor Horse Show, one of the largest and most prestigious shows in the world as well as a number of other shows.
Peter’s passion, knowledge and many year’s experience for the Spanish horse and dressage in its’ true sense, to train the horse, is what makes Peter such a valued addition to this highly acclaimed group here at Equi-Show.
Steve Ross is a highly respected NRHA judge and professional horseman located in the Cowboy Capital of the World, Stephenville, Texas. Steve is a lifelong horseman whose passion is teaching horses and riders the sport of reining. A popular clinician and coach, he has traveled the world sharing his message of solid horsemanship with a low key approach that has consistently proven to produce amazing results. With an easy going manner.
Steve has served on the NRHA Sale Committee and in 2015 judged all three of the major reining events in the USA. Steve has been a highly successful competitor and has produced many top class horses to the highest level of competition. In addition to judging, coaching and training horses, Steve is also an experienced radio and broadcasting personality and can often been seen interviewing competitors and commentating from the biggest reining competitions in the world.
Steve has worked for and learned from many of the top trainers in the World. Doug Milholland, NRHA Futurity Champion. Bill Horn NRHA Futurity Champion, Paul Hansma NCHA Futurity Champion, Winston Hansma NCHA Futurity Champion, and Tommy Manion 35 AQHA World Championships. He believes in a solid foundation on all his young horses, and is well known and respected within his field, having produced several highest selling horses at the most prestigious reining horse sales.
Steve is passionate about Equi-Show’s future and brings high quality judging and constructive feedback to competitors, who may otherwise not have the opportunity.
ALICE CORNWELL (NEE JONES)
The British Horse Society awarded Alice ‘Young Trainer of the Year’ award and she has trained many riders who have gone on to have successful careers in the world of dressage. In the mid 1990’s Alice was involved in developing Sylvia Loch’s Classical Riding Club Tests which she has had the pleasure to have been judging since.
Alice herself rode through the levels to Grand Prix, competing to Prix St George level. She was fortunate to be given the ride on the Duchess of Richmond’s stallion ‘Big A’. Alice was part of the National Dressage Display Team.
Alice has regular training with Julio Borba when he is in the UK and her passion burns bright in producing horses classically for a competition career. She believes deeply in developing the rider to be thinking, caring, patient partner in an aesthetically harmonious, effectively communicative and loving relationship with their horse.
Alice started as a show pony rider for Tom and Edna Hunnable from Towerlands and progressed through the East Essex Pony Club eventing and dressage teams. She trained with Chris Bartle and Jane Bartle-Wilson and was fortunate enough to be spotted by John Lassetter, International Trainer and Rider based at Goodwood (the then Home of British Dressage International events) before riding to Grand Prix level.
For many years, Alice worked with the likes of Arthur Kottas and Charles de Kunffy and as well as German trainer Eberhard Weiss. She trained in Portugal with Bento Castellano, a rider from the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art.
MARY ANNE MORRISON
Mary Anne Morrison successfully competes locally, regionally, and nationally. She also competes successfully in every division of the Morgan world. Mary Anne’s father, mentor & teacher was the late Phil Morrison, a noted Morgan trainer, breeder, and judge who judged the Grand National and World Championship Show three times, and nearly every other major Morgan & Arabian show in the nation including the Arab Nationals. Phil was inducted into the Morgan Horse Hall of Fame in the spring of 1996.
Mary Anne is a “R” USEF judge & has judged throughout the US, as well as Canada, England, & Germany. Mary Anne is also passionate about Miniature Horses and is an AMHA judge. Mary Anne travels the USA judging for many other equestrian disciplines, such as (but not limited to) Cowboy Dressage, Equitation & Hunt Seat.
Owner of Aranaway Farm; a successful & renowned training and breeding facility with over fifty head of show horses, broodmares, and breeding stallions. Trainer of Morgans, Saddlebreds, Arabians, National Show Horses, Lusitanos, Pintos, Paints, and other breeds. Mary Anne judged the first Morgan horse show in Germany & trained German riders. She has over 20 years experience in training novice riders in all areas of horsemanship; many have gone on to win grand champion titles, locally, regionally, and at the national level.
Karin has forty years of riding experience and has trained her horses to the highest level of dressage. She competed in jumping and eventing and is still an active dressage competitor. She competes at FEI levels. Karin’s published works include:
SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLING – Train Your Horse with Empathy.
STRETCH EXERCISES FOR YOUR HORSE.
EQUINE BIOMECHANICS FOR RIDERS
FOUR STEPS TO RIDING SUCCESS
Karin has been teaching riding for 28 years and has been teaching riding courses internationally for the last ten years. Karin’s method of teaching is based on sound principles of sports biomechanics as applied to horses as well as to riders. Sport science is logical and step by step. There is nothing vague in this teaching method and every concept is backed by these principles. Communication is the back bone of riding. This method of teaching ensures that riders understand the concepts the first time they are taught and that the horses understand the riders instantly without ambiguity.
The art of riding is all about feel. Karin focuses on teaching riders how to feel and then how to adjust instantly to what they feel. Learning through the teaching of body use, is extremely fast even for the less talented rider. Following the principles of riding hands without legs and legs without hands adds to this easy learning for both horse and rider. It ensures that the horse does not receive two opposing messages. Karin teaches riders at all levels and is particularly interested in solving training and riding problems.
Dapheny was raised on a farm in the Adirondack Mountains by horsey parents and grandparent (father was a mounted Sheriffs Deputy, and both parents were leaders in helping to put on the first horse shows in the US). Dapheny and her husband trained in Animal Science with Cornell University and Dapheny has been trained from a very young age at the top clinics for training (before most people in the East even knew what a professional equine training clinic was!) Dapheny continues to train under some of the finest clinicians in the world and has judged for over twenty years in open, breed and 4-H horse shows. An Internationally-certified Campers Association Stable Director, Dapheny has judged riders from all over the world in Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, Classical riding and Western. She is also a certified CHA level 4 rider in Western disciplines. Dapheny remains competitive in the horse show arena, Cowboy Dressage, Ranch and Extreme Trail.
“When I am judging, I start with watching the horse move and reading how it is feeling by its stature and movements. Next, I look into the horses eyes and to the riders face. In today’s fast-paced horse show arena you have to move quickly and accurately. I used to ride to make myself a better rider, but I developed wisdom in the saddle and I now ride to make my horse a better horse.” (Dapheny Wright. Adirondack Mountains. NY)
APHA / NRHA Judge. Trained and coached by Stan Fonsen, Heiko was a member of the German youth national team in August 1988 for the AQHA Youth World Cup in Fort Worth Texas. He earned his points in the disciplines for Reining, Working Cow Horse and Cutting. In the nineties, Heiko trained in the United States with well-known coaches such as Al Dunning from Arizona; (AQHA Horseman of the Year), Texas Holly Hover in Colorado, Teddy Johnsen (two time World Champion) and Pete Kyle.
Heiko completed his training as an APHA European judge in 2000. In 2004, he expanded his judging duties to include the NRHA (USA). Since then Heiko has judged national and international tournaments, such as the 2005 26 Paint Horse Nationals in Australia.
Heiko also runs a small breeding of high-quality APHA horses in Germany.
A short look at Jackie’s long, illustrious and successful career:
- Jackie first represented Transvaal South Africa for Show Jumping in 1965. She received her SA colors in Dressage in 1982 and again in 1992.
- Jackie was the first person to start Eventing and to win in South Africa.
- The Novice Champs in their first season 1995
- Jackie has many driven pony & cart and won many Championships and a Gold Medal in the SA Games.
- Won many N.E.M Championships during her career.
- Retired after winning the Mini Derby.
- A Dressage Judge for over 10 years, rose up to National.
- SA’s Cowboy Dressage top Judge
- A firm advocate of ‘Riding in Lightness’