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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
Drawing by Jayne Hazard

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Philosophy

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.
Photo by Caryn Clancy

News ~ Clinic & Show Info, Updates, Horses

Upcoming Clinics

Upcoming scheduled clinic dates: May 22 Peppertree Farms, Poway June 10-12 Albany /Madison, Wisconsin June 25-26 Twin Falls, Idaho Contact me if you are interested in riding. Spread the word to others in your area! I am available to travel to different destinations....

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Whats up!

Well it seems like I spend too much time with the horses and not updating my web site and the Artisan Dressage FB page! It has a busy month including a long journey to Wisconsin to pick up Kilowatt and teach for 3 coooooold days!!! The travel went well with no...

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New Wisconsin Clinic

“I’m sure she knows, but Elizabeth Johnson is the best. After working our butts off two weeks ago, we are starting to get to a rideability level that would have taken me several months to get to by myself. Now I even have a rhythmical hunter pony over...

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World Cup week!!!

Many of us are fortunate enough be able to go to the World Cup in Las Vegas!!! So excited to see these top horses compete and cheer on our own riders! These are a couple of interesting articles about how the horses from Europe are getting here!...

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Dressage Affaire Ride Times!!

Here are the times for our riders going to Dressage Affaire! We will be in barn M stalls 20-25. Friday 9:45 ring 1 Cherylin 9:52 ring 1 Nicole 11:37 ring2 Jackie 1:24 ring2 Cherylin 1:38 ring2 Nicole Saturday 8:00 ring 2 Cherylin 8:42 ring 1 Cherylin 1:00 ring 2...

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Students ~ Show Results, Tips, & Testimonials

New Wisconsin Clinic

“I’m sure she knows, but Elizabeth Johnson is the best. After working our butts off two weeks ago, we are starting to get to a rideability level that would have taken me several months to get to by myself. Now I even have a rhythmical hunter pony over...

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50 WAYS TO GET ELIMINATED

“50 Ways to get Eliminated” This is a GREAT reference for show / show ring rules!!!! I just tripped across it but very cool info from USDF!!  http://www.usdf.org/edudocs/competition/50_ways_toget_eliminated1.pdf...

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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...

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Dressage Affaire Results!!

On the first day, Jackie, her first time doing 3rd 3, got a 67%. and Cherylin on her new mare went in 1st level getting 65 and 66 % winning 2 firsts and a 2nd! And on the second day, Cherylin and Jackie for raked in all high 68%s and BOTH won highpoint in their...

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Championship report.

Well Championships were not exactly as planned for me and Artisan….. Upon arrival he was quiet and we had a nice ride around the show ground. Unfortunately the next day proved that he was very body sore and could barely 1/2 pass one way. I attributed this to the...

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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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Artisan Dressage TrainingWednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 8:59pm
I am looking for a part time working student to do stall cleaning and some grooming at my private dressage barn in E. El Cajon. pm me if interested!
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Artisan Dressage TrainingTuesday, November 29th, 2016 at 9:45pm
I couldn't 'share' this post but had to copy to share it. From Shane:, this is what teaching is all about!!!

Today had a great lesson super happy with it Finn was super good we have made some progress in our riding that is what makes you and horse closer to overcome so challenging trusting your horse and your horse trust you. Thanks to Kevin Kilgore for selling Finn to me Finn is one great horse and glad I own him now . Thanks to Elizabeth Johnson for being an awesome trainer that push me and Finn to our potential. I have to say I just love my big big horse 🐴😁
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Artisan Dressage Training shared Cloud 9 Walkers's photo.Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 at 9:31pm
I just love this!
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Artisan Dressage Training shared Crackerjack Productions LLC's photo.Friday, September 16th, 2016 at 9:31pm
Looking forward to this fun show!!!