The instruction program at Little Burgundy Farm is designed as a holistic horsemanship program that includes how to care for the animals, tack and equipment, and how to safely ride and improve horsemanship skills. Lessons are provided by independently contracted instructors who are approved to teach at Little Burgundy Farm, but work for the riding club members, not LBF. These LBF-approved instructors provide English riding instruction to both beginners and more advanced riders. All lessons are taught in the lighted riding arena, which is capable of supporting dressage and jumping activities, or in the round pen.
Instructors work directly for the members and members are responsible for paying the riding instructors after each each lesson. (Instructors normally only accept cash or check).
Both private and group lessons are available. The independent instructors normally charge between $30-$40 for a 30-45 minute one-on-one private lesson and $20-$25 per student for a 45-50 minute group lesson. (Group lessons are typically no more than three members sharing an arena)
- Britton Marcoe is the Equine Operations Director at Little Burgundy Farm, and also owner of Customized Equine Services, which has administered day-to-day operations of Little Burgundy Farm Stables for the past several years. 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 worked with Customized Equine Services since 2011 and is now an employee of LBF as 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.
- 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.
- Kris Barbeck is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist with extensive experience introducing both young riders and adult amateurs to dressage from beginner to show ring. She is known for making dressage accessible and has guided many of her students to state and regional championships at all levels. Kris has trained numerous horses through FEI and has coached the Jamaica national team for international competition. She is currently working toward her Gold Medal with her two Lipizzan mares.
- 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 attends 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.
- Elizabeth Conte is a former United States Pony Club member with extensive formal training in Dressage and Hunt Seat Equitation. She has schooled horses and instructed students at various farms, including REACH Therapeutic Riding Center in Waco, Texas. Elizabeth also interned at Painted Bar Stables in Burdett, New York, where she guided trail rides in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine country, while managing their 40-horse facility.
- Barbara Lawrence has had a long career training and teaching to international levels of dressage and eventing, training horses and riders to foxhunt, and managing stables. She trained with maestro Nuno Oliveira for dressage, and with Jimmy Wofford for eventing, with many clinics over the years from other top trainers. She brought two horses from unbroken to the Olympic long-list for eventing, and is currently starting the filly she bred for eventing, with her usual plan of concurrent dressage, eventing, and foxhunting. She most enjoys teaching the basic principles of dressage, and how they continue to apply to more advanced work, and to all other riding activities.
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/