- Ground Training
- Beginning under saddle training
- Classical Dressage
- Western Dressage
- Starting horses over fences
Here at Hippophile Farm we use the basic principles of dressage (means to train) to teach both horse and rider. Trainer Kris Carey has been influenced by the very best in the business. She has worked under the guidance of world renowned professional horsemen Cyril Pittion-Rossillon for over 20 years, and a Bronze Level Affiliate of Palm Partnership Training. Kris has seen many styles of training, but believes that the basic principles of dressage lay the foundation for whatever discipline your horse may be headed. I have had many successes watching not only horses I work with progress happily, but others as well succeed when basic dressage is incorporated with the skills needed in disciplines such as jumping, western dressage hunt seat, eventing…..
When training the young horse, Kris uses ground work to establish trust. By teaching the horse to work first at liberty, then lungeing, in hand work, and ground driving. As these skills progress the horse is ready to be started under saddle. Then the fundamentals of dressage are implemented, combined with all the necessary work to bring the horse to a level of fitness required for the job they are being asked to perform.
Kris has had success training horses to get to the show ring with horses competing in USDF and USEF competitions. She has been top ten in Dressage for AQHA 2014 – 2015, and currently leads for 2016 at 1st & 2nd Levels with her AQHA Gelding Creative Reign. She has trained horses over fences as well. She started training her current horse Giselle HF at age 2.5. Giselle HF has a successful show record competing in the Jumpers to Meter 1.40. She has competed at HITS Ocala, Wellington, and summer shows in Toronto, Canada. She was ridden by Canadian Olympian Jay Hayes, who commented when first sitting on her, that her lateral work was terrific. She has also been successful in the dressage ring.
Training includes a customized program based on an assessment of horses ability and current level of training, in conjunction with the goals of owner. If you need a young horse started correctly, or an older horse tuned up you have come to the right place.