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! For frequently asked questions:
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
Now accepting new students for Spring and Summer!
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)