Services Offered

Vanessa and Patrick Conner offer many services to horse owners and riders, including:


RIDING INSTRUCTION
Vanessa teaches lessons to riders ages 7 to adult and specializes in dressage, jumping, and "balanced seat" riding. Although her main focus is English riding, she also teaches several western riders who want to work on improving their seat and aids while in the saddle. Her teaching philosophy is one of fun and safety while learning how to ride. Her lessons focus on positive reinforcement, and she is known for her humor and patience.

DRESSAGE TRAINING

Vanessa has more than two decades of experience in classical dressage riding, and she specializes in foundation training up to 2nd level for untrained or young dressage prospects. She has trained regularly with Colonel Albrecht Von Ziegner of Germany, Olympian Mike Huber, Spanish Riding School Master Instructor Wolfgang May, & USDF 'R' judge Bobbie Paulk, with whom she has worked for more than twenty years.

HORSE PURCHASE ASSISTANCE
Vanessa and Patrick specialize in finding the right match for horse buyers. Whether a rider is looking for a safe and fun trail mount or an accomplished show horse, they are experts at finding horses that meet their riders' needs while sticking to their budgets.

HORSE EVALUATION
For horse buyers who prefer to search for a horse on their own, Vanessa and Patrick are available for off-site evaluations of prospects for dressage, eventing and pleasure riding.

GROUND TRAINING

Patrick specializes in teaching horses to safely trailer load, perform round pen work, lunge, lead, bathe, and clip. He also works with horses that have had bad life experiences that have caused them to be untrusting of their handlers or head shy. Through patience, kindness and respect, Patrick can also help a rider obtain a closer, safer relationship with his or her horse using ground training techniques.

JUMPING TRAINING
Vanessa trains horses in jumping up to 3' and also works with horses that are reluctant to negotiate cross-country obstacles, such as water, ditches, banks, and drops.

HORSE SHOW COACHING
Vanessa and Patrick regularly attend dressage shows, horse trials, and hunter schooling shows in the Central Texas area. They emphasize a "team approach" to showing, and focus on having fun in a competitive environment.

OFF-SITE CLINICS

Vanessa is available for off-site clinics in dressage and cross-country jumping. Check our calendar page for upcoming clinic dates!

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