Master Your Riding, Dressage, and Training

Master Your Riding, Dressage, and Training

As a Certified Instructor Callie teaches riders to develop riding balance and harmony with their horse using methods from Centered Riding®, Natural Horsemanship, Classical Dressage, Straightness Training™, and Western Dressage.  Using simple and proven riding techniques Callie will help you increase your confidence and make riding easier — guaranteed!

  • Riders MUST have their own horse **
  • Only Certified Centered Riding® Instructor in Nevada
  • True Classical Dressage
  • Western Dressage
  • Natural Horsemanship
  • Straightness Training™
  • All skill levels welcome
  • Private or group Lessons available
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** We had to retire our lesson horse “Trixie” due to her age.  The ranch is easily accessible for you to bring YOUR HORSE and comfortably unload.  I am available to set up convenient lesson times with you and your horse. 

Dressage and Centered Riding Lessons in Northwest Las Vegas

Located in northwest Las Vegas, Callie has a Regulation-Sized Dressage Arena where you can come for lessons, or you may speak to her about traveling to your location.  

What Makes Callie Different

Callie teaches THEORY AND PRACTICE.  Antoine de la Pluvinel, one of the Grand Master of Horse Training, stated, “Without Theory, the Practice is Uncertain.”

So many riders today lack the knowledge and understanding of first how a horse learns, then how to train a horse, and lastly how to ride a horse.  People want to just get on and have fun, have a thrill at the expense of the horse and often their own safety.   It takes many years to develop the skill of good riding.  It takes focus, effort, time and resources. 

Riding is not like riding a bike or trying to surf in the ocean where the instruments are fixed objects without a mind.  A horse is a living, breathing, and very powerful animal that is remarkably intelligent and affable.  It’s amazing how horses put up with poor riders and exhibit more patience with the rider than the rider exhibits with the horse.  Who is the smarter of the two?  Surely the horse.

Riders will ride a sensitive horse (all horses are sensitive) with strong hands and spurs without even understanding how a rein aid works and what a spur is used for (it is not used to ask the horse to go faster, but rather to improve lateral work).  Riders use bits and devices on their horses without understanding the effect they have on the horse’s mouth, head, neck, spine and entire skeletal system.  

Riders learn WHY, for example, bending in balance on a circle is so important in Dressage

Riders learn HOW, for example, using your seat to ask the Inside Hind Leg to Reach the Center of Mass and Start Taking Weight off the Shoulders

Riders learn WHEN to apply certain riding principals like Centered Riding and Dressage, for example using your breathing to help rhythm and tempo

Riders can then REPLICATE riding and training on their own

Callie takes the time to listen to your riding goals and what’s important to you as a rider.  She will watch you ride and diagnose what you need to work on.  Then you will devise a plan for lessons and training to improve your seat, communication, and harmony. 

  • Natural Horsemanship principals for horse training and horse psychology foundation
  • Centered Riding® basics for beginner to advanced riding 
  • Dressage and Straightness Training for horse strength and flexibility training

Callie has been trained to teach according to your natural learning style (whether you are predominantly a visual, kinesthetic, or auditory learner) and will modify her method of teaching to help your skill level improve with ease.

​Callie has a passion for sharing her love and knowledge about horses with others.

“I remember what it was like when I was taking lessons.  During instruction, I could do the moves or the pattern, but once I rode on my own I still had questions due to the lack of theory.  Because I wasn’t educated on theory or the “why” during my lessons, it was as if I was just trying to remember the steps, the circle, or the half pass yet I was missing the theory link. 

That’s when I made the decision to become a certified Centered Riding  Instructor.  I knew there had to be a better way to teach people how to master riding and communicating with their horses so they could become Independent Dressage Riders.  My goal is now to teach my students to become knowledgeable, capable, and competent – whether in the saddle or on the ground, using whatever is necessary in the moment to improve movement of their horse which will in turn improve the relationship with their horse, because when horses are in balance physically, they are in balance mentally.”

What is Straightness Training?

The horse is not naturally built to carry weight. Therefore, if we want to sit on it as a rider, we need to prepare the horse to carry us properly. This is done through dressage, with straightness training as an essential part of it.

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What is Classical Dressage?

Classical dressage evolved from ancient movements and training for the battlefield.  Classical riding is the art of riding in harmony with, rather than against, the horse.

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What is Natural Horsemanship?

Natural Horsemanship is a collective term for horse training techniques which share principles of developing a rapport with horses, using methods derived from observation of the natural behavior of free horses and rejecting abusive training methods.

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