Leslie's instruction in equitation and hunters is based on the classic principles of George Morris and Bernie Traurig as well as other great masters who teach that position is always the first building block in a rider and only from proper position and balance do softness and feel develop. In addition good horsemanship produces a happy, comfortable horse which will always be the best and most willing partner. She strives to create proficient students in and out of the show ring focusing on safety and horsemanship as well as form and function. Children and adults alike learn the joys of riding and caring for horses to create educated horsemen and women. Basic position and understanding how form affects function are the keys to a solid foundation and good riding at all levels. From nurturing a first time beginner rider or young horse, to coaching them to their first blue ribbon and championship she instills a sense of responsibility and passion for all aspects of riding and horse care. Her students have achieved Finals wins and year-end awards at many levels. She brings her diverse equine background to her students. If you are looking for horseback riding lessons for yourself or your child call Leslie!
Training is offered both in conjunction with lessons when needed and independent of them. Leslie has extensive experience both with training young horses and retraining problem horses. She was tasked with bringing the green horses along when working with Dee Dee Hopper at Kingsley Farms. These days "made" horses are quite expensive and many riders start with somewhat less than an experienced show horse. She brings horses along in accordance with their physical ability and mental maturity at their own pace. Leslie uses basic horsemanship, education of the rider as well as conditioning and training of the horse to produce results. Training your horse is always an ongoing process, as George Morris says "Every second, you're either schooling or un-schooling your horse. There's no in-between."
Young mare being taught to jump through gymnastics
I have been riding with Les for over ten years. She has influenced me on and off of horses in so many ways. I have witnessed Leslie's ability to tailor her instruction to a wide variety of learners. As a collegiate horseback rider and future elementary school teacher there is no one I would recommend more for a beginner looking to get into the horse world, an old pro, or someone who wants to get back into it after a hiatus. She has instilled in me a wealth of knowledge, confidence, and passion and for that I am grateful to have her as a trainer and role model.
Rita Tryon Leslie is an excellent trainer who works with all age groups and levels of experience. I started riding with Leslie 8 years ago and I always look forward to my lessons with her. She cares about her students and the horses making sure everyone is safe at all times. Train with Leslie and you will experience success and enjoyment in the sport of riding horses
Heather Holbrook Leslie has been my daughter's riding instructor for 10 years. She has always held my daughter's safety as top priority, and she has proven to have our best interests at heart. Two years ago when we purchased our first horse, there was no question who I wanted to be in charge of training our new, young mare! Leslie has brought my daughter from a young, careless rider, into a beautiful, capable equestrian. My daughter has been on her IEA team for 4 yrs and has had excellent success in the show ring! I highly recommend her for all your riding needs!
Now accepting new students for Fall and Winter
Lessons must be scheduled in advance and 24 hrs cancellation notice must be given
Lesson rates @ Hunters Run Stables and C&M Equestrian
$50/ half hour private
$65 3/4 hr private
$75 hour private
$50 hr group or 3/4hr semiprivate
$45/half hr beginner lesson (leadline and walk trot)
Boarders and ship ins only @ Meadowbrook, call for rates.