The lesson program at Little Burgundy Farm is designed to teach members about equine care and the art of riding. Instruction includes how to care for the animals, tack and equipment, and how to safely ride and improve horsemanship skills. LBF instructors provide English riding instruction to both beginners and more advanced riders. All lessons are taught in the lighted riding arena capable of supporting dressage and jumping activities, or in the round pen.
Instructors work directly for the members and the members pay the riding instructors cash or check at each lesson (which is in addition to, and separate from, the LBF club membership dues).
Both private and group lessons are available. Rates are typically $30 for a 30-45 minute one-on-one private lesson and $20 per student for a 45-50 minute group lesson. (Group lessons are typically no more than three members sharing an arena)
Note: Instructors at LBF are private contractors, they are full time horse professionals who teach, ride, and train horses and students professionally. They are hand selected, individually trained and personally approved to teach at LBF.
- Britton Marcoe is the owner of Customized Equine Services, which administers day-to-day operations of Little Burgundy Farm Stables. Britton has extensive competition and training experience in all disciplines and a deep understanding of the biomechanical foundations for each type of riding. To read more about Britton please go to www.RideCES.com.
- Erin Blackwelder has been with Customized Equine Services since 2011. Erin is LBF's barn manager. She is an accomplished National AA Show Hunter Rider. Erin is also a superb young horse trainer, dressage rider, and avid first field fox hunter.
- Dorothy Smith has ridden, trained, and competed horses for 40+ years. She has fox hunted, worked as a Whipper-In, competed in eventing through Preliminary at A shows, and trained in dressage through 3rd level, as well as ridden professionally.
- Erin M. Callanan is a native of Rochester, N.Y., where she started riding in 2000. She rode off-track thoroughbreds through the Syracuse PHA hunter/jumper circuit during her junior career and rode competitively in college at both Alfred University and the University of Connecticut in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. She began riding dressage in college and loves expanding her knowledge on riding and teaching theories. Erin has a soft spot for off-track thoroughbreds and retraining them for new careers.
- Rose Caslar is a USDF Silver Medalist, currently bringing her FEI horse to Grand Prix with classical trainer Paul Belasik. Her book, Dressage Sabbatical, is a memoir and training manual. Her depth of knowledge and equestrian experience is wide ranging, from the practical challenges of week-long horse packing trips into the Wallowa Mountains to the heights of Grand Prix classical dressage.
- Brooke Colberg grew up loving horses and started riding when she was 7, learning hunters at first, but then transitioned to more of an eventing style when she was 13. She has done therapeutic riding, attended summer camps, done internships and working student positions most of her life as well as trained an OTTB when she was 16-19. She attend Bridgewater College and is pursuing a minor in equine studies and a major in kinesiology. Due to a past injury she is taking an indefinite hiatus from riding but still loves working with horses and children from the ground.
Richard Griffin, PhD, provides equine-assisted coaching to individuals and groups in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. He specializes in family relationships, stress reduction, and life and career transitions. Richard also uses family system constellation approaches in both equine-assisted and regular coaching. He provides equine-assisted workshops as well as more traditional group activities to help people learn how to make conscious choices, develop empowered relationships, and live more fulfilling lives. A few years ago, he made his own conscious choice to end his thirty-year career as a physicist, engineer, and businessman to share with others what he his learned from his own healing journey. email@example.com www.richardgriffincoaching.com
PLEASE NOTE: Those interested in therapeutic horseback riding mounted sessions for children can contact:
- Northern Virginia Therapeudic Riding: http://nvtrp.org/
- Lift Me Up (all weather indoor facilities): http://liftmeup.org/
- Simple Changes Therapeutic Riding Center: simplechanges.org/
- Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center: www.sproutcenter.org/
- SPIRIT Open Equestrian Center: www.spiritequestrian.org/