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  • May 11, 2016

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In 2016 we lost our long time barn manager and friend, Crystal Lee, to cancer.  Her spirit will live on at the farm in the lives of the many people and horses she touched.  Crystal was a strong woman who was following her passion and inspiring others.  She is greatly missed.

Date Event Information
Mar 23-24, 2015 Kathy Rowse
Dressage Clinic

Fees: $90
Lessons times are here.

Kathy Rowse is an USEF "S" dressage judge from Suffolk, VA where she and her husband, Mike, run Silverleaf Farm, a small dressage training facility. Kathy has earned her United States Dressage Federation Bronze, Silver and Gold medals in competition through Grand Prix and has coached her students to also achieve their Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals. She has been a judge since 1990 and an “S” (Senior Judge) since 1999. Silverleaf Farm has a very active FEI Junior/Young Rider and Adult Amateur program. Kathy enjoys working with different breeds and has also trained & successfully competed two Arabians at Prix St. George. Both Kathy and her students have been awarded USDF HOY National Rankings as well as numerous USDF All Breeds honors, and Regional, State and Local awards.

Kathy is also a ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and uses her knowledge of body mechanics to help each rider. She loves sharing her knowledge and joy of dressage in her many lessons and clinics.

Apr 25-26, 2015 Michael Poulin
Dressage Clinic
NCDCTA Clinic with Michael Poulin - Details to be Announced
July 25-26, 2015 Masterson Method®
Beyond Horse Massage
Weekend Seminar

Please join us for this weekend equine massage and bodywork seminar! With the Masterson Method, the horse actively participates in the process to release tension. It’s something you do with the horse, rather than to the horse. This participation and interaction, plus the horse’s responses (snorts, sighs, yawns, and stretches), are what make the Masterson Method unique.

The class is taught around the United States and in Europe and the owners and horses love the techniques!

"Eye opening, mindset changing, and an absolutely wonderful way to create a more relaxed, happier horse. Just seeing the changes first hand, I'm completely won over by the Masterson Method."

"This is a must-do course for anyone who wishes to give their horse every chance to perform to his best and feel well and content."

"It was such a wonderful feeling to see how much we could help a horse that was not necessarily exhibiting any lameness - they hold so much tension in their bodies and to help them release that was AMAZING!"

For more information about the Masterson Method, please visit And to register for the class, click on the website's Course Calendar and scroll down to the July 25-26 weekend.

Aug 1-2, 2015 NCDCTA Region 1 Adult Clinic

Kathy Connelly is an international dressage rider, trainer, coach,"S" judge, and USDF Honorary Instructor. She represented the United States at the World Cup in Sweden, and was the highest placed Grand Prix rider on the U.S. Bronze Medal Team at the North American Championships. She has served as coach at both the World Equestrian Games and the World Cup. She is the Vice Chair of the USET High Performance Dressage Committee and has served as a USET Olympic and World Games Selector.

Betsy Steiner is also a USDF Honorary Instructor, as well as an international dressage rider, trainer, and coach. Betsy has represented the United States at the World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, Sweden in 1990, as well as providing commentary for videos of the 1995 World Cup, the 1996 Olympic Games, and most recently the 2014 World Equestrian Games Trials at Gladstone.

For more information on the clinic and to apply as a rider or to register to audit, visit or check out the clinic Facebook page at

Rider application deadline is June 19. Auditor pre-registration deadline is July 17.