Alison Head Dressage
Professional Dressage Instruction
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I am available for Dressage lessons in and around the Aiken area. I will travel to your farm or can meet you at another location. Cost depends on distance from Beech Island. Three or more lessons at one location receive a discounted rate.
My teaching philosophy is simple - basics, basics, basics. For the horse, that means confirming the elements of the Training Scale before going into harder work, focusing on correctness and consistency that makes a happy, relaxed horse. For the rider, that means working toward a correct position with clear, correct aids and a clear plan for progression. I am happy to work with all riders who want to improve themselves and their horses. I'll help you develop a program with clear steps to progress up the levels (as appropriate to both horse and rider).
As a judge, I can also help with improving performance in the show ring. I can review your tests and help you learn what the judges comments mean and how you can address their suggestions for improvement. I can also help you choreograph or refine your freestyle.
60 Minute Private Lesson
Zip O' Doc - From cow horse to barrel horse to trail horse to dressage. One of my greatest pleasures is teaching dressage basics to any horse!
30 Minute Private Lesson
Giselle III - the most honest, hardworking mare ever. I got her after an injury nearly ended her riding career and brought her back to win at the FEI levels at 23 years of age. At 25, she was happily trail riding in Aiken until her retirement at 27.
Remarkable - Hot, talented, quirky, Markie taught me so much as I brought him up through the levels. No matter what we worked on, he was always having fun, usually at my expense.