Individualized Dressage Training Program at Viola Farm
The Training Program
I have studied classical dressage for over 25 yrs and was a hunter/jumper rider for 20 years prior. Personally, I have international dressage competition as my life goal and I move steadily towards the realization of this with my 8 yr old Dutch Gelding "Balanchine" who I started green broke two and half years ago and am now schooling Intermediare I.
The cornerstone of my program is not just practice --- but practice correctly. That is why I have been and continue to be a perpetual student of the discipline. Through the years and with the help of many great teachers, I have assembled a foundation of correct riding and am extremely enthusiastic to pass this system along to my students. I love to learn but I also LOVE to teach. It is incredibly rewarding for me to see my students grow together with their horses. I encourage my students to study specific riding techniques, practice what they have learned on their own between lessons and continue to test their knowledge and skills through showing.
I have dedicated my life to the pursuit of excellence with my horses and have an undying passion for the sport that I want to share with you. Come visit us at Viola Farm in Canby, Ore. www.violafarm.com
Viola Farm is being offered for Sale. We are moving to Aiken, S.C.!
We have purchased 18 acres in the beautiful horse community, Three Runs Plantation in the heart of the equestrian rich town of Aiken. Until we sell Viola Farm, we are very much still in full operation in Canby, Ore.
We say "Goodbye" to our fabulous working student, Elizabeth Kness! It's been the best three years watching you grow as a rider and a young woman. We will miss you and your parents, Sandra & Bill. And now you are off on an exciting new adventure at Rutgers University. We will meet up soon on the East Coast! We love you!
Tom & Balanchine at the US Dressage Finals, 9th in the Country at Prix St. George.