Dressage Training

Mobile Instruction and Clinics

Offering lessons throughout the San Diego area. Located in the foothills of the Cuyamaca mountains in East San Diego County. I welcome dressage students of all ages and skill levels. Available for clinics locally and nationally. 
~ Elizabeth Johnson

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“… I’ve learned and understood much better the mechanics of collection and importance of correct seat. Elizabeth’s directions were very clear and specific. She helped me to achieve significant improvement in effectiveness of my hands and leg cues. On top of that her patience and cheerful, pleasant attitude made the whole experience more enjoyable.” ~ Maggie

What’s New?

Clinic & Show Info, Updates, Horses

March 4th Clinic Openings, & Workshop Info

**** 2 openings have become available for the clinic on Mar 4!! If you would like to ride please PM or email me and let me know!

**** Auditors at Peppertree are welcome, encouraged and free!!!

**** I have decided to postpone the workshop until I can use Artisan. He is needing some time off and I hope to have him back in work soon. I will post as soon as I know.

**** Anyone who was wanting to come to the workshop is welcome to come and meet at the barn anytime so we can get to know each other. PM or email me to make a time!!

This week’s adventures!!!

This week I am going to go to the USDF Trainer’s Conference in Del Mar to add to continuing education! Should be an interesting couple days.

And then off to the SD Chapter show this coming weekend Feb 10-11. Karen and Shane will be riding!!!

Ride Times
Karen’s times are:
2/10/2018 Saturday 2:14 PM 229 Q First – 4th Musical Freestyle Test of Ch
2/11/2018 Sunday 3:34 PM 329 Q First – 4th Musical Freestyle Test of Ch

Shane’s times are:
2/10/2018 Saturday 1:05 PM 205 First 2
2/10/2018 Saturday 1:43 PM 206 First 3
2/11/2018 Sunday 10:47 AM 305 First 2
2/11/2018 Sunday 11:25 AM 306 First 3

From Our Facebook Page

Artisan Dressage Training

My goal as an instructor is to foster creative thought processes and training strategies that allow us to realize how we can make clearer aids creating less tension between horse and rider while maintaining quality balanced work. My background has afforded me some interesting perspectives on teaching strategies. Starting dressage in the late 70’s at Woodland Hills Pony Club and over the years I have worked with many top trainers. When I became a parent I all but quit teaching to be a stay at home mom. Unbeknownst to me my real learning about how to teach began as I ended up being trainer for both of my daughters. Everyone knows a parent virtually cannot teach their own child how to ride, but somehow I was able to. After many successful junior championships the pinnacle of their show careers was Katie’s success at North America Young Rider Championships in 2008. Her individual and team Gold achievement was storybook. She has gone on to be a successful trainer out of state. Jessica chose another path in life but still loves horses. In bringing my daughter to FEI I sought outside opinions to keep our perspective fresh. This led to sessions with Steffen Peters and then Debbie McDonald. With both of these prestigious trainers I was able to have my skills as a coach checked while Katie had her lessons with them. Our close relationship with Debbie afforded me a number of years of not only auditing Katie’s lessons but watching Debbie teach many lessons to others. These included the horses Adrienne Lyle rode. Debbie’s sense of timing is impeccable. This developed my eye and timing and problem solving tremendously. I was also very fortunate to work in lessons with both Debbie and Adrienne on my own horse. I feel very fortunate to have this breadth of learning as an instructor. Between learning how to stay calm, be diplomatic, have humor but keep the bar up with my own kids and then being immersed in the top tier of riding and instruction. My goal as an instructor is to bring these experiences to lessons and offer my students nuggets of inspiration they can take away to be used not only in the show ring, schooling or whatever walk of life they choose in this sport. I stay active and competitive on my own horses, Artisan (a home bred Oldenburg and trained FEI horse) and my young horse Galileo (4 yr old dutch gelding just starting out) as well as a limited number of horses in training. I love to teach and share the communication that the horse and rider can achieve while bringing out the athlete. I teach mobile in San Diego County and offer clinics outside of my area. Training horses primarily come to my home barn in El Cajon.
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SCHOOL HORSE AVAILABLE for lessons in east San Diego Co. Lower level dressage at my barn. Cassie is kind, safe and sweet. Good with beginners as well as schooled riders. Please PM for more details.
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My goal as an instructor is to foster creative thought processes and training strategies that allow us to realize how we can make clearer aids creating less tension between horse and rider while maintaining quality balanced work.
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Show Results, Tips & Resources

Show Results / Congratulations!!!!

I am so proud of everyone who competed this weekend!!
At Copper Meadows:
Erna and Rip  came in 7th over all and had a great dressage test. (the important part..lol)
Jessin Had a super dressage test but unfortunately had some trouble on the cross country.
I did not connect with Fran but it looks like things went well.
PVRA riders stole the show in their classes!!
Carol got a high 69 on her first outing with her young horse winning her class!!
Laura got a high 66% and a  69% first level winning both of her classes!!
GREAT JOB ladies! Proud of all of you.  Hopefully pictures soon!

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“Thank you to owner/trainers Elizabeth Johnson and Katie Johnson for organizing the 8-horse adjusting clinic today at Artisan Dressage in El Cajon. I am continually impressed with how you both look at the whole horse for possible sources of discomfort, both inside & out. You gals, your horses, and your clients ROCK!”
Dawn Fletcher / Equine Chiropractor