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Spokane Area Dressage Barns & Trainers

The Spokane area is home to several outstanding trainers and dressage facilities.
All trainers listed below are reputable and are INDA members

12020 S. Spotted Road, Cheney, WA 99004 Tel. 509-838-6728

Leslie Vilhauer, owner, trainer and dressage instructor, has limited openings for lessons at student's own home or stable. All breeds are encouraged. B.S. and M.S. in Agribusiness from Arizona State University. She has trained with Debbie Fornia, Rudolf Vlatten, Jaap Pot, Steffen Peters, Kathleen Raine, Kris Denton, Hector Carmona, Jr., and Captain Cassidy. Recent Awards with equine partner, Miquito Leo:

1997 USDF/AQHA All Breeds Award, 2nd place, Prix St. Georges. 1997 WSH 4th place, Prix St. Georges. 1996 Northwest Dressage Championships, 1st place, Open 4th Level. 1996 USDF/AQHA All Breeds Award, 2nd place, 4th Level. 1995 USDF/AQHA All Breeds Award, 3rd place, 3rd Level. 1995 USDF/QSHR All Breeds Award, 1st place, 3rd Level

Medical Lake, WA. Tel. 509-244-2348

Cindy Burge, owner, trainer and dressage instructor. Additional information not available at printing deadline. See calendar for info on June 18-21 Deep Creek schooling show and trials.

1111 W. Ballard Road, Spokane, WA 99208 Tel. 509-466-8895.

Offers complete training with emphasis on dressage and jumping for the horse. Lessons either private or group for the rider. Complete care for boarding your horse. Facilities include fully enclosed indoor arena, full size dressage arena, large outdoor jumping arena. Direct entry to trails through wooded acreage, hot walker, large box stalls each with 200 ft run, individual large paddocks with loafing shed, washrack, and tack lockers. Betty Hirst, owner, dressage trainer and instructor. Has been in business for 27 years. B.S. in Animal Science in Horse Management from WSU. Studied dressage and jumping at Harold Black's School of Equestrianaire, Mexico. Studied in USDF Instructors Workshops and Certification Program. USDF Bronze Medal Rider. Trained with George Morris. Her Junior riders have won WSH McCleave Clearhook Good Seat & Hands Award. Her horses have won WSH Highpoint Jumper Awards. Student received High Point Amateur Jumper Rider; another junior rider won Childrens Jumper Classic three years in a row at Evergreen Classic Horse Show

985 W. Lacey Avenue, Hayden, ID 83835 Tel. 208-772-2763

Marian Crumb, owner, trainer, and instructor. 4-H leader for 34 years. Teaches, has shown and judged Western, English, hunter/jumper. Teaches and shows dressage. Teaches Horse Management Basics at North Idaho College. Has done endurance and competitive trail riding. Trains with Pat Kabasa, and Steve Kanikkeberg. Recent USDF awards (all 1997) with equine partner, San Sebaysun (Appaloosa/Arab): Earned Qualified Rider Certificate. Arabian Sport Horse Assoc. 1st place Training Level 69.416. Vintage Cup (riders over 50) 2nd place at Training Level 69.416. Appaloosa Horse Club 1st place Training Level 69.416. Appaloosa Horse Club 1st place Vintage Cup Training Level 69.416. Appaloosa Horse Club 5th place 1st Level. Appaloosa Horse Club 1st place Vintage Cup 1st Level

Master's Challenge (riders over 60) Training and 1st Levels. Vintage Cup (riders over 50) 2nd place in nation Training Level

12711 S. Gardner Road, Cheney, WA 99004 Tel. 509-448-0681

Owned by Carolyn M. Bohlman. Managed by Brent Smith. Has been in business since 1980 Full-service facility includes large indoor arena with excellent footing, box stalls with turnout to meadows, hot water wash racks, access to hacking trails, outdoor jumping arena, school horses available, official size outdoor dressage arena, heated lounge, individualized feeding programs, monthly clinics with Debbie Fornia, daily lessons, and horse training. Other clinicians are Steffen Peters, Olympic Team Bronze Medal Winner; and Abby Straus, Music for Sport.

JENNIFER SMITH, full time trainer and dressage instructor. Three years at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA. Currently working on last year. Has trained with Debbie Fornia (current), Fredric Bunger (in Germany), Robert Dover, Steffen Peters (current), Guenter Seidel, and Kathleen Raine. 1992 Certification to teach Dressage from Training Level through Second Level. 1993 Certification to teach Dressage Third Level through Fourth Level. Achievements: In 1997 a student qualified and competed in the Advanced Young Riders Championship in Wadsworth, IL. Organized "Marshland Dressage Competitors," a club for junior young riders in dressage.

27602 N. Monroe Road, Deer Park, WA Tel. 509-276-3070.

Owned by Nick and Lita Oppegard. Merlin Farm opened its doors in the summer of 1997 as a multi-discipline barn offering full-care boarding. Facilities include a 100x215 indoor arena, 250x350 outdoor arena; full size dressage arena; 12x14 ft stalls, some with 25x120 in & outs; turn out pastures; a small beginner cross country training field and lots of room to ride. Sponsor of Coeur d'Alene Pony Club. See calendar for April 19 schooling show information.

JOYCE MORGAN, manager, dressage trainer & instructor at Merlin Farm. Trained in Germany with Ulhrick Schickta. Trained in Snaigton, Yorkshire, England with A.L. Lyall; dressage, show jumping, and cross country. Joyce offers instruction in dressage, English equitation, hunter/jumper, cross country and has extensive background in equine anatomy, diseases and injury treatment, horse evaluation and pre-purchase health check, stable management and safety, horse sale and placement consultation, tack evaluation and usage, training consultation, and horse and rider safety.

4607 Garden Spot Road, Deer Park, WA 7 mi. north of Deer Park. Tel. 509-276-6345.

Full service boarding facility with individualized care in peaceful, friendly surroundings. Sally Shepard, owner and trainer. Has been in business for 15 years. Facilities include 230x270 lighted outdoor arena and miles of unlimited trail riding (you may find the end of the rainbow on these beautiful trails!). A highly intuitive person with great compassion for people and animals, Sally offers horse training, lessons in all disciplines with a focus on beginning/novice riders and rider and horse safety. Hosts Annual 4-H Horse Camp and other clinics. See calendar for May 23 clinic and July 18 schooling show information.

7826 W. Seven Mile Road, Nine Mile Falls, WA 99026 Tel. 509-466-5580.

E-mail RMStables@aol.com Owned by Tom and Patty McLellan. Managed by Tom McLellan. Family business since 1931. Facilities include 35 stalls, 60 horse capacity, 100x200 ft outdoor arena, 60x150 ft indoor arena, adjacent to 5,000 acres of trails at Riverside State Park. Leslie A. Neumann, Dressage trainer and instructor at Rivermere. Home tel. 509-536-1969. Student at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. Strong interest in developing musical freestyle exhibitions. Coached student Meghan Vaughn to Short Stirrup Equitation Champion at The Hampton Classic Horse Show in 1990 in Bridgehampton, NY. 1989 Reserve Champion Training Level Gold Coast Dressage competition, Westbury, NY on Lefty Golightly, Thoroughbred. 1992 High Percentage First Level Open, Cavalier Heat Wave Open Dressage on Saabs' Code III, Anglo-Arab. 1996 High Percentage Third Level Calvary Outreach Benefit Dressage, Pasco, WA on Tristan, Warmblood X TB. 1997 High Percentage Third Level and Above Inland Northwest Dressage Association Show, Spokane, WA on Bilbo Baggins, Arabian. Have trained with the following: Harry Deleyer, Sue Curry, Dale Forbes Bormann, Charles de Kunffy, Felicitas Von Neuman Cosel, Debbie Fornia, and Brooks Busby. Also studied Tellington Jones Team method with her sister, Robin Hood, and with numerous other certified Tteam Practitioners. Sigrid Shearn, dressage trainer and instructor. Owns training facility in Cheney, WA Tel. 509-747-0558. Born in Germany, Belgian citizen. Classical Dressage School in Brussels, Belgium, received teaching diploma, Six months as a working student for Hans Riegler in Austria. Mr. Riegler is a Bereiter at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Returned to spend a total of one year with Mr. Riegler, riding several FEI school horses and teaching dressage at Mr. Riegler's private stables in the Vienna woods.

2205 W. Gibbs Road, Spokane, WA 99204 Tel. 509-448-4845.

Managed by Fletcher and Barbara Thornton. Full service facility includes 80x200 insulated indoor arena, two rock-free 150x250 outdoor arenas, covered round pen, 60 FRP lined insulated box stalls, hot walker, exercise and slide track, heated viewing rooms, lessons for youth/novice adults and non-pro riders, many additional amenities, host to many clinics, seminars, and shows. All breeds and disciplines are welcome.

PAT KABASA, dressage trainer and instructor at Spokane Falls Equestrian Centre. Trained with Pat Manning, F.B.H.S., and Dorothy Willis, (Olympic eventer Virginia Leng's trainer) in England; Dietrich von Hopffarten, and Steve Kanikkeberg. Received USDF Bronze and Silver Medals. Trained own Thoroughbred through Intermediare I, who until retired, received: USDF Horse of the Year Awards at all Levels

AHSA Zone 9 Champion 1987 2nd Level. AHSA Zone 9 Reserve Champion 1989 4th Level. Received USDF Bronze and Silver Medals

10710 S. Sherman Road, Spokane, WA 99224 Tel. 509-448-3722

e-mail: ccarlson@ior.com. Owner/manager Christel Carlson. Have been in business for 15 years, 7 at current location. Facilities include 122x216 indoor arena, 150x250 outdoor arena, 70' lunging arena, all with sand/rubber footing. Winner of USDF National Footing Award, 40 - 12x12 stalls with runs, improved riding trails. Warmbloods for sale. 4 recognized Dressage shows and 4 Dressage schooling shows each year. Several riders who train at SSHF have won national/regional/state awards. Christel Carlson is a "r" Dressage judge.

Dale Forbes Bormann, Dressage trainer and instructor at Spokane Sport Horse Farm. Trained 8 years in Germany with Rudolph Zeilinger; clinic with Klaus Balkenhol for FEI riders and their horses. Competes at FEI Grand Prix Level with scores in the high 60 percentile.

Conducts clinics in Los Angeles, CA, Butte, MT, Kansas City, MO, and Atlanta, GA. USDF Gold Medal Rider, Heather Baiter O'Keefe, Dressage trainer and instructor at Spokane Sport Horse Farm. Earned USDF Bronze and Silver Medals Member of 1991 North American Young Riders Team. Has evented through Training Level. Trained own horse from Training through Grand Prix Level. Earned 2nd place at 2nd Level at West Coast National Championship in California. Won 2nd Level Regional Championship in 1989. Won 1st Level Reserve Championship in 1989. Washington State Horseman 1992 Prix St. George High Score Award. Washington State Horseman 1996 Grand Prix High Score Award. Works extensively with Pony Club and has taken students through "B" Level. Trains local students from Training Level to FEI Levels. Heather has trained extensively with Kari Osinski since age 11, with Cindy Burge and Steffen Peters.

8905 S. Rose Street, Medical Lake, WA 99022 Tel. 299-7167

Peggy Dillon, owner, dressage trainer/instructor. Facilities at 7 acre farm include 110x260 outdoor sand arena, full set of show jumps, small ditches for schooling, limited boarding for horses in training, occasional horses for sale., dressage and jumping lessons.

Trained with Cindy Burge and Pat Kabasa. Clinics with Steve Kanikkeberg, Dietrich von Hopffgarten, Tami Masters, Captain Mark Phillips; demonstration rider for Jack LeGoff clinic. 1993 USCTA Area VII High Point Awards: Intermediate Reserve Champion - Startesian, Reserve Horse of the Year--Startesian. 1994 USCTA Area VII High Point Awards: 3rd Intermediate-Startesian. 1996 USCTA Area VII High Point Awards: 6th Intermediate-Startesian. 1996 Competed successfully at Third Level Dressage with Startesian

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