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I first met Sarah when we were co-workers at Virginia Tech's Sporthorse breeding farm. Sarah's abilities with horses were instantly apparent in how her gentle nature and confident yet quiet authority commanded respect without inducing any fear. What is equally impressive about Sarah is her ability with people, she can colorfully convey a concept without the student feeling overwhelmed or inferior.

 

When she informed me that she offered dressage instruction, I lept at the opportunity. I am an avid hunter rider and have always felt that basic dressage would improve my communication with my horses, yet I could never find a dressage instructor that did not look down on my chosen discipline. My Hanoverian mare was not yet of age to endure a full dressage lesson and Sarah was more than happy to introduce me to basic dressage concepts while I was aboard my older grade gelding. Her vivid, positive way of communicating and constant encouragement coupled with tactful criticism allowed me to learn and retain so many ideas that I use to this day!

 

I am so grateful to Sarah and am so disappointed that she lives so far from me. I have taken several clinics with well known dressage trainers since moving to Florida in hopes of building on the basics that Sarah explained. I have been disappointed every time - none have had the ability to make me feel comfortable, maximize my learning and not make my discipline and my horses feel inferior. Sarah's motto of "Every rider on any horse can do dressage" is one that sticks with me to this day. She is an absolute gem as a trainer and I envy her students that get to ride with her on a regular basis!

                                                     -Lauren Kline Morrow

                                                                      Ocala, FL

Sarah is an exemplary horsewoman, exhibiting patience with difficult horses and the talent to bring more mature horses through their training. I entrusted her with my own young horse on several occasions and have always found that she handled even the most challenging moments with ease! She possesses a profound understanding of the development of both horse and rider, and is able to develop sound horse and rider relationships because of it.

 

In this industry, it is not often that you can find someone with an honest love of the horse and the sport, but Sarah has it.

                                   -Laura Harris

                                     Fredericksburg, VA

I have gained so much confidence as a rider and have completely fallen in love with dressage since I’ve been riding with Sarah. She’s the best - supportive, encouraging and consistent, and lessons are always challenging and fun.”

 

                          - Lori Sullivan

                            College Station, TX

Sarah has been a godsend to my 15 year old daughter and our 8 year old, green, Thoroughbred.  We came to Sarah out of desperation.  For a year we thought our horse was not sound.  Some vets said there was a physical problem but others were telling us they couldn't find anything.  My daughter had lost most of her passion for riding as a fight seemed to ensue every time she rode.  We dropped him off with Sarah and left with heavy hearts.  We had pursued every avenue we could for a year and nothing worked so we were very skeptical anything would work at this point.


After just 3.5 weeks, Sarah had turned everything around.  We watched in amazement at what she had done in such a short period of time-she had performed a miracle!  Through kind, positive, patient and disciplined training she had taken a challenging, yet talented, horse and given him the foundation he was lacking.  She had him moving like we had never dreamed he could.  He was: balanced; supple with the bit; bending with his body; and had smooth transitions off my daughter's leg and seat.  We were speechless and left him with her for more training-this time we left elated with high hopes!  After time, we discovered there were no physical issues.  It was just a lack of training for both my daughter and her horse and communication between the two of them.


Sarah is a professional and conducts herself as such.  She has great communication with both the horse and rider.  She is able to communicate wonderfully with them as a team and as individuals.  My daughter loves her technique and responds very well to her.  Sarah is also very personal and has been a great role model.  She made us feel very comfortable with our "lack of knowledge".  We are so very grateful to her for restoring our hope but especially for giving my daughter back her passion for riding.


                                                       - Karen and Scott Wehman

                                                         Houston, Tx