Little Burgundy Farm instructors provide a holistic horsemanship program that includes how to catch, groom, tack, and care for the animals, as well as how to safely ride and improve horsemanship skills. Lessons are provided by independent 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. Nearly all riders will take private lessons, but group lessons are available on a case-by-case basis for more experienced riders (after approval by LBF staff).
As the instructors work directly for riders/members, members are responsible for paying the riding instructors prior to each lesson. Individual rates are shown for each instructor below. Please note: Instructors normally only accept cash or check.
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. Kris charges $40 for a 30-minute lesson and $70 for a 60-minute lesson.
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. Barbara charges $40 for a 30-minute lesson and $80 for a 60-minute lesson.
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. Elizabeth charges $30 for a 30-minute lesson and $60 for a 60-minute lesson.
Diana Mercean. Diana has been riding with Little Burgundy Farm for many years and has been teaching as a student teacher for a couple years. She will be turning 18 in late August and joining us a full fledged instructor at that time. Diana charges $30 for a 30-minute lesson and $60 for a 60-minute lesson.
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. Brooke charges $30 for a 30-minute lesson and $60 for a 60-minute lesson.
We also have a very unique program available with Richard Griffin's Equus coaching. Richard can work with you and your team to:
Improve your leadership and team building skills
Develop better boundaries that paradoxically lead to greater intimacy in your relationships
Discover subconscious blocks and explore ways over, under, around, or through them
Become aware of and improve your non-verbal communication patterns
Obtain powerful insights about important decisions you are facing
For more information on Richard's program, please go to: https://www.richardgriffincoaching.com/equus-coaching/
Note: We do not offer therapeutic riding at this time. Those interested in therapeutic mounted sessions 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/