|Tressa Boulden Dressage|
Beginning at the age of 5, horses became a passion and an integral part of my life. Over the past 35 plus years, I have been exposed to many disciplines, philosophies and approaches to training the horse which developed my own philosophy and my desire for knowledge in the art of classical training.
As a professional student of classical dressage, I enjoy sharing my knowledge as a horse trainer to help build the communication, trust and well-being of the horse with my clients in Sonoma County and surrounding areas.
I have studied with various well known instructors in the US and Europe, exploring the subtle differences in breeds, dressage philosophy and training techniques. I spent a greater part of my riding life seeking out the best riding teachers who have guided me in the pursuit of studying classical riding.
As a student I wanted to know not only "what to do" but the, "why's and how's" of communicating it to the horse, in order to truly understand what technique is correct and most cohesive with the horses nature.
It was after meeting Melissa Simms in 1996, the head rider at the Reitinstitut Egon von Neindorff in Germany, that a pure form of Classical Dressage resonated with me and especially my horses.
I felt I finally found the right mentor. Not only could Melissa guide me in exacting practice of purposeful technique, she also could explain to me the "why's and how's" of those techniques. Melissa helped me to understand subtle differences of each horse that I had always instinctively picked up on, but didn't have a clear understanding of and gave me a system to use in training that is clear and concise.
In 2001 while training under Melissa, I had the privilege to visit the Reitinstitut. I rode in as many as three riding lessons per day on horses that Melissa had trained with her mentor
Herr Egon von Neindorff.
I was grateful to have had the opportunity to meet him as well.
As dressage is an art that is constantly seeking perfection, I will always be a student first and foremost. I enjoy the study of classical riding and desire to carry on and share the tradition of classical horsemanship with my students.