Professional Dressage Trainer, Coach, Competitor. 30 +years experience. Lisa's background includes training with many of the world's best International level Classical and Competitive Dressage Riders and Coaches. As a recipient of a USET grant, she traveled abroad to study under Kyra Kyrklund at the Swedish National Stud Farm, in Flynge, Sweden. Over the years she has also received extensive training with Steffen Peters, Linda Zang, Dietrich Von Hopfgaarten, Debbie McDonald, Col. Christian Carde, William Solyntjes, Betsy Steiner, Edgar Hotz, and many more. An accomplished trainer and competitor with many breeds and temperaments of horses, Lisa has achieved numerous regional and national honors and year end awards. As an instructor and coach Lisa works with all levels and disciplines, beginner to advanced, helping riders to find their way through problems and achieve goals while stressing the correct use of position and harmonious use of the aids to positively improve the overall connection and partnership between horse and rider.
Nola grew up in Everett and started her journey with horses at the age of 10 and throughout her youth managed to learn a variety of skills from cleaning stalls, assisting with trail rides and day camps to grooming for local trainers and ownership of her first horse. At the age of 18 she became a paid assistant trainer and took over the entire business at age 21. Throughout the years Nola has not only run her own business successfully, she managed to keep her skills sharp by working with some of the most prevalent trainers in the area in a variety of disciplines and breeds. Nola found her way to Wildwood Farm as an assistant trainer and instructor in 2010 and by 2015 she was an independent instructor; now she is our Senior Youth Instructor and brings many things to our Academy- but touts Safety as the number one focus along with learning and having fun. She really enjoys working with young students as they develop confidence and skills that will take them well into their adult lives. Able to instruct beginners in all disciplines, Nola offers private and group lessons and also conducts private camps as well as facilitates many private workshops.
It all started with pony rides at the zoo and loving support from her father, allowing Leslie to discover her passion for horses as she spent her teenage years at summer camps and lessons at a local barn. Taking a break from horses to start her career and raise a family, Leslie once again reunited with riding in 2002 when her daughter became interested in horses. Leslie is now an avid dressage rider and horse owner many times over who continues her education through regular lessons and clinics with support from her coach, Lisa Boyer, who has taught her the skills to become a confident and intuitive rider. Leslie began instructing at Wildwood Farm in 2018 with the goals of effectively teaching the “why” as well as the “how” of riding in a positive, encouraging environment that promotes safety and empathy for horses. Drawing from her experience teaching remedial reading and math in elementary schools –as well as being a parent, camp counselor and Girl Scout Troop Leader – the structure of her lessons teach each student how to handle and ride horses in a safe, effective and responsible manner. Leslie offers private or semi-private beginner/intermediate riding lessons for adults and children.
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My name is Faith and I am 18 yrs old. I have always loved horses but never had much of an opportunity to work with them until I started working at Wildwood Farm in 2019, helping with the horse management and barn work. In the spring of 2021 I was able to achieve a dream I never thought I’d be able to attain, when I was given the chance to rescue Lady, a pregnant, unhandled mare. In the past year of being at Wildwood Farm, Lady has made amazing progess with her rehabilitation and training and her colt, Klee, is the most beautiful paint I have ever seen. In the fall of 2021 I started teaching my own students in the lesson program at Pacific Northwest Riding Academy. I am very grateful to Wildwood Farm for giving me the experience and opportunities I need to continue my career with horses. I really enjoy teaching young beginner students (I have 5 younger siblings so I have a lot of experience and am very adept at getting along with children!) and I am looking forward to being able to teach even more students this year. I love being a part of their educational introduction to the world I love, the world of horses.
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