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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

Finally new updates on web site!!!!

It has been way too long since I have really given my web site attention!! I hope to keep it up to date with the latest info and what is coming up! Artisan dressage highlights of late include; I gave a very successful test riding clinic where 16 riders came to...

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Championships!!!

A big week as Pam, Joleen and I prepare to go to the LA Equestrian Center for the CDS state and USDF western regional championships. I am proud of both of them and their achievement in qualifying, Pam at 2nd level and Joleen at 4th level freestyle. And I am especially...

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RAAC This coming weekend!

This coming weekend (Sept 1-2) is RAAC (Regional Adult Amateur Championship) being held in Temecula at Galway Downs. Come support and cheer on our riders. Warm up classes are on Saturday and championship classes are on Sunday. Our riders are: Joleen Schultz /...

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Students ~ Show Results, Tips, & Testimonials

Show News!!

September is a busy month. We just had the So. California Junior Championships in Del Mar and it was a great weekend! Samantha on Way To Flashy (Lucjan) were Champions of their division, 1st level 18 -21!!!!  And Veronica on Ramblin Man (Rambo) had lovely rides in a...

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2011 RAAC and SD Chapter Show results

 Samantha and Lucjan (Way Too Flashy)1st level 66% & 63% 1st and 2nd. Pam Schachter on Millenium (Milo) 65% PSG 3rd RAAC. Karen Harper and Revance 69% 1st level RAAC 4th place. Pam Tarrel and Urbana 1st level 59% and should have been higher on a very nice test....

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Show info!!

I am back from a fun relaxing trip to Canada on the lake! I realize that I forgot to post the results from the last show in Temecula last month!! Congratualtions to Samantha and Lucjan with a 65% in their 1st level test! And to Joleen and Montego with a 60 and 61% at...

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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 Training shared Lakeside Equestrian Park's event.Friday, November 17th, 2017 at 10:28am
We are all set with lessons starting at 8:30 and ending at 5!!! I will be bringing Artisan (in this picture) to have some fun and show off some moves in a demo at about 2. Come join in the fun and support the Park!!!
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Artisan Dressage TrainingMonday, November 13th, 2017 at 1:09pm
Had a great time here in Boise Idaho for the L program. Excited to do more practice judging!! Now off to Twin Falls to do some lessons!
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Artisan Dressage Training shared Lakeside Equestrian Park's event.Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at 2:36am
I have 2 more spots to ride. Let me know!! Also come audit and support this project!
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Elizabeth Johnson shared an event to Artisan Dressage Training's Timeline.Sunday, November 5th, 2017 at 9:28pm
I will be doing the scheduling for this clinic on Nov 11. PLEASE let me know by that date if you would like to ride in this clinic!!! I am donating my day of teaching and Peppertree Farms has generously donated the facility to support this important addition to our San Diego Equestrian community!! Come ride a test, get your horse 'off the property' or see what dressage can do for your basic training! Contact me with any questions and to schedule a lesson!
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Artisan Dressage Training shared Lakeside Equestrian Park's event.Sunday, November 5th, 2017 at 9:15pm
I will be doing the scheduling for this clinic on Nov 11. PLEASE let me know by that date if you would like to ride in this clinic!!! I am donating my day of teaching and Peppertree Farms has generously donated the facility to support this important addition to our San Diego Equestrian community!! Come ride a test, get your horse 'off the property' or see what dressage can do for your basic training! Contact me with any questions and to schedule a lesson!
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Artisan Dressage Training shared Lakeside Equestrian Park's event.Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 at 5:19am