Offering Lessons, Training and Clinics
western/english dressage ~ hunter/jumper
flatwork to improve all disciplines
New England, USA, and International
Cathy's Spring/Summer 2016 Newsletter, New programs, show dates and more......
Cathy travels in New England, the Midwest and Internationally to give riding lessons and clinics to riders on their own or leased horses.
Her students have had many national successes in the hunter/jumper world including 4th at the USEF Medal Finals in Harrisburg PA, Top 20 at USEF Talent Search at Gladstone, NJ and many others.
She is also one of the country's first and premier Western Dressage instructors, traveling extensively to promote and spread the word about this wonderful new discipline.
Cathy loves to teach all levels and ages and is an expert at solving every equine-related problem. She will boost your confidence and skill level amazingly quickly.
"I started working with Cathy a year ago, when a group of friends needed someone to fill in a lesson spot. I was mainly interested in riding my Canadian mare, Mae Mae, as she is the one who responds well to lessons. After one lesson, I realized that my Canadian gelding, Dudley, who historically has hated ring work and being asked to do anything that is not his idea, would like Cathy's style. So I started lessons on both the following week. It has been a wonderful journey. I rode as a child, but hadn't had lessons since then. I needed help with my own riding as well as with asking my horses to do things. Cathy has an endless supply of expertise, yet she can discern in the first few minutes of a lesson what a horse needs and what the rider needs. She breaks things down into manageable chunks for my horses and I, yet challenges and pushes us at the same time. I have learned so much over the past year and look forward to learning so much more. Dudley -- the reticent one-- won two blue ribbons in his first dressage show this weekend. Two for two. Thanks to Cathy's instruction."
Lise Krieger on June 29, 2015
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Cathy has been an equestrian instructor and trainer for over 30 years. Raised and educated in England, she learned to ride in the classical school of horsemanship, working her way through the British Pony Club ratings, eventing, hunting and showing.
Upon graduating from college in 1979, certified to teach English to high school students, Cathy moved to the United States and after teaching for 3 years, decided to resume her equestrian career. She began by giving lessons at local farms, and as her experience and knowledge grew, so did her business. She also had a family during this time, getting married in 1985 and eventually having three daughters, all of whom are talented riders.
In 1997, Cathy established Golden Hill Farm, a large, successful stable which offered lessons, college classes, school vacation programs and a rigorous show schedule. Cathy's students competed very successfully on both local and national show circuits.
Although a lot of Cathy's coaching and training successes have been in the Hunter/Jumper world she has always maintained her interest in competitive Dressage for her own personal enjoyment. She competed successfully on her personal horse "Orion".
While they were under Cathy's instruction, Cathy's students have won:
--4th in the USEF/PESSOA Medal Finals at Harrisburg
--3rd in the HBO/Marshall & Sterling Jr. Medal
--Top Twenty in the USET/BET Talent Search Finals at Gladstone, N.J.
--Winner of the Katie Battison Horsemanship Award at the NEHC Medal Finals
--Top placings at WNEPHA Finals multiple years from 1995-present
and many more...
In 2004, after a decade of success in the Hunter/Jumper world, Cathy sold Golden Hill Farm. "I felt I was becoming an incomplete horsewoman... ,so I took a break," says Cathy. Since then, she has instructed everyone and anyone, from children to seniors, from complete beginners to former champions looking to regain their strength and skill.
As well as continuing to teach her Hunter/Jumper and English dressage students, Cathy has become involved with the discipline of Western Dressage. Since she attributes her successes in the Hunter/Jumper show rings to her understanding of good dressage as the platform from which everything else can develop, Western Dressage is a natural fit for Cathy's style of teaching and training. She has been traveling all over New England, the USA and even Australia to spread the word and introduce riders to this wonderful new discipline.
Cathy is a senior and founding member of the WNEPHA Dressage Show Series committee, responsible for a series of schooling shows offering both Western and English dressage. Since its inception in 2013, the series has been popular, spreading dressage enthusiasm and knowledge across Western Massachusetts and the surrounding area.
Cathy's students have won top placings in the year end awards for 2013, 2014 and 2015 and continue to show successfully.
"Cathy has been working with me and both of my horses for 3yrs now. She is extremely knowledgeable and an amazing instructor. She is able to explain something several different ways, until my horses and myself truly understand what she is conveying.
She certainly goes above and beyond!"
Lauren Magoon. on June 29, 2015