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Riding Instructor: Hunters-Equitation-IEA
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Leslie is a USHJA Certified instructor who has been teaching children and adults how to ride horses for over 35 years. As a child she was a member of Glastonbury Pony Club. She graduated the UCONN animal science program and then owned and operated Ansala Farms, a breeding and training farm where she taught in Andover, CT for 18 years. She spent 12 years building and managing the riding program and schooling the green horses at Kingsley Farm in Coventry, CT with Dee Dee Hopper. She was with Full Circle Farm in Manchester, CT from 2010 to early 2015 where she built the riding program and initiated and coached the successful IEA team. She now teaches out of Hunters Run Stables in Glastonbury and Meadowbrook Farm in Lebanon. Her 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. 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!

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Tuskey Dressage
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Tuskey Dressage began as simply a way of celebrating our passion for the horse, one of God’s most magnificent creatures. Our passion has grown and we now desire to share it with others. At Tuskey Dressage, we have come to realize that there is an overwhelming need for a change in modern horsemanship. In today’s day and age people are so focused on competitions and making a name for themselves, that they have lost touch with what it means to be a horseman. Classical training encompasses more than just riding. It includes everything from proper health care and nutrition, to groundwork, to work under saddle. We teach all aspects of caring for and training a horse, from foal onward. We are able to train our horses to the highest levels of dressage without any use of force. In French Classical Dressage, the ultimate goal is to honor the horse’s nature and promote health and inner harmony through the use of gymnastic movements on the ground and under saddle. This form of training is completed in the lightest of ways to encourage a natural willingness from the horse. The goal is to have a horse that is forward, relaxed, and focused no matter if he is completing a first level test, executing a perfect piaffe, going over jumps or just out on the trails. French Classical Dressage training can benefit any horse and rider, no matter the discipline or experience level.

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