Dolly Hannon Dressage

Dolly Hannon Dressage

5.0 (3)
Best of 2022
1 employee
42 years in business

About this pro

I am a very experienced dressage instructor and specialize in teaching students to get their horses correctly on the aides and develop a harmonious relationship that is based on classical training and philosophy. 

All levels and disciplines are welcome. 

I give ride test clinics and also teach western dressage. 

My resume is quite long to list here.

I am also competing my horse Electra very successfully.

Please note however that I do not have school horses, I do not teach children under 10 and do not lead trail rides. 

I loved teaching and seeing students experiencing those "light bulb" moments 

I also love to see the horse become more beautiful and happy through correct training 

l love helping people with their freestyles 

Mainly I love horses ❤

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Arvada, CO 80002
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3 Reviews


  • Kristin McCarty

    Dolly is incredibly experienced, knowledgeable and fun! She helped me achieve my upper level dressage goals at a pace that worked for me and my horse!! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a solid education in dressage that is positive for both horse and rider.

  • Lauren W.

    Dolly Hannon is a superb instructor. She has a true talent for teaching both horses and riders. Dolly is quickly able to observe and dissect the rider's movement, position, and aids and the impacts of those components on the communication between horse and rider. My favorite thing about riding with Dolly is she always honest in her assessments, but invariably kind and clear in her delivery. She has been unbelievably patient with me while I fine tune the basics in dressage, and works with me and my event horse on connection and throughness always with the aim that solid flat work will build toward better jumps. She's truly a joy to ride with!

  • Marie McDonald-Frame

    I've been training regularly with Dolly for 2 years and it's been an excellent experience. She is very patient and rewarding when deserved and a lot of productive constructive criticism with many options in different exercises for you to "get" the point she's trying to make. If there's any negative, I would say sometimes she's a bit too kind. As I watch her teach others, sometimes I think, why isn't she tougher? Which makes me think she's not tough enough on me. I ALWAYS look forward to our lessons and am ever learning and my horse has become an upper level dressage horse under her tutelage. I HIGHLY recommend her if you are into working hard, listening and driven to improve to be the best you and your horse can be!


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I ask them about their background and goals for their riding I watch their warm up and assess their needs and develop a plan for future lessons 

I usually give homework each week 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

BS from CSU with minor in animal science 

USDF certified instructor through 4th level 

accepted into USDF certification faculty process 

USEF S dressage judge / R in Western Dressage 

USDF bronze silver and gold medalist 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Yes I charge $65/45 min to hr lesson and offer discounts for multiple lessons per week 

How did you get started teaching?

i went to CSU and received a teaching certificate in riding many years ago then was an assistant to Melinda Weatherford and Janet Foy before I started teaching fulltime 

What types of students have you worked with?

all ages all levels 

all breeds 

I have several students with all thre USDF medals 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I showed a first level Freestyle on my mare Electra last year and won the USDF regional final class and the RMDS first level FS and year end award 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

go watch them teach and make sure they have a style of teaching that works for your learning style

Also make sure they are qualified and experienced 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?



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