Hello and welcome! My name is Melonie Kessler and I am a Dressage trainer, clinician, competitor and USEF “S” judge. I have trained and shown horses through Grand Prix earning USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals. I have also coached and trained clients to earn their medals through the Gold. I have qualified horses at all levels for regional or national Championships, including Grand Prix.
I graduated from Pleasant Hollow Farms’ Horse Career School
in Pennsylvania with a diploma in riding, teaching, training, and stable management and have over 40 years of experience in teaching and training.
I have ridden with some of the top Dressage clinicians in the industry. My program is adapted to the horse and rider at a level comfortable for both, using the training pyramid when teaching. I love to encourage all students to be familiar with the criteria within the levels.
As a clinician, I explain from the judges' viewpoint the movements and the way the scores are earned. A belief that a dialogue between the riders, auditors, and myself is important during the clinic to further understand the training process.
My philosophy in teaching and in training is to always show respect to the horse. At no time is compromising the horse mentally or physically permitted to achieve a result.