Through Dressage

Through Dressage

5.0 (6)
1 employee
26 years in business

About this pro

A student and teacher of Dressage for over 30 years, Erin is USDF Silver/Bronze Medalist and a USDF Certified Trainer/Instructor. She has a unique and proven approach to instructing student and horses in Dressage with an emphasis on classical training scale, rider position, mindful awareness, and safety on and around horses. Erin herself continues to work with nationally and internationally renowned trainers to ensure that she brings correct education to her students and their horses. 

The ability to assist in the growth, safety, and development  of my students and their horses. 

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Leesburg, VA 20175
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6 Reviews


  • Nancy Mendonca.

    Erin is awesome at tailoring her explanations to how I learn. She’s also great about helping me put all the individual pieces together along with giving me areas and patterns to work on between lessons. I love working with her.

  • Anna D

    Erin is a great trainer and cares about the horses and the riders. She is professional, patient, kind, dedicated and fair. She has a wealth of experience and has a great toolbox of ideas to try if a rider or horse does not understand a concept.

  • Jill Rabin

    Training with Erin of "Through Dressage" is a continuous education on the intricacies of "Classical Dressage." She explains the correct Dressage Aids required for each movement and provides continuous feedback on what actions are needed to correct or improve the picture. Training with Erin has increased my knowledge of, feel and connection with my horses both in and out of the saddle. I am constantly amazed that what seem like small tidbits of information she shares with me during my lessons, make a rather large impact on my riding. There is always more to learn when it comes to riding, and I look forward to continuing the journey.

  • Celia Rafalko

    Erin is able to improve my riding and my horse notably with every lesson. She has a wealth of experience that gives her so many useful tools to help me and my horse develop. She has trained with the best in the world and it shows.

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

Initial evaluation consists of a conversation where the new student has a chance to explain riding goals and ask any questions and share areas of focus. I ask the rider to ride/warmup their horse and together we develop a training plan. 

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

I am also a teacher of trauma informed gentle yoga as well as having decades of experience in animal rescue. 

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

I charge $100 per lesson at my farm and charge a farm call to travel elsewhere which varies with the distance traveled. 

How did you get started teaching?

Gerd Zuther of November Hill Farm, an early employer and mentor encouraged me to start teaching in 1993 and I never stopped!

What types of students have you worked with?

Riders of all ages and levels, dressage, event, pleasure riders, and hunter/jumpers. My specialty is young horses but I love using the power of dressage to work with horses of all ages, breeds, and abilities. 

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