|Tressa Boulden Dressage|
Beginning at the age of 5, horses became a passion and an integral part of my life. Over the past 40 plus years, I have been exposed to many disciplines, and approaches to training the horse which developed my own philosophy and my desire for knowledge in the art of classical horsemanship/classical
As a professional student of classical horsemanship and 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 precise form of dressage training resonated with me and especially my horses.
I felt I found the ultimate 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. She gave me a training system that is clear, concise and always in consideration of the horses nature and well being.
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 in partnership with her mentor
Herr Egon von Neindorff.
I was grateful to have had the opportunity to meet him as well.
I studied under Melissa Simms for over a course of 20 years, in that time I also assisted her in training of horses while she lived here in Sonoma County, working up to 10 horses a day.
I held annual clinics with Melissa here at my farm and maintained a close relationship with her speaking to her weekly sometimes daily, until her death in February 14, 2018.
I continue down this path of classical values, not only to honor the memory of my late mentor, but to continue to honor the horse.
Since Melissa's passing I have taken upon my self to continue to bring awareness to the principles of classical horsemanship by bringing like minds together and creating a platform to educate my community. I am inviting friends of Melissa's from the same school of thought to hold riding seminars and educational lectures here at my farm. Caring about the horses well being is the focal point of my mission, and holding onto traditional training methods that have held true to the test of time.
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.