Greetings From The Farm!
April showers are putting a bloom back on our beautiful 85-acre farm, and letting us gear up for the start of the Spring season. We're headed to a few shows this month, but we're also putting together a stellar schedule of clinics, and have a very special horse opportunity for the right person. Read on to learn more about what we've been up to!
What's Up
We landed safely from Florida barely two weeks ago, but we're gearing up for a presence at both the PVDA Morven Park and Lexington CDI shows, with horses from Training to Grand Prix.

We've also been teaching up a storm. I made my quarterly trip to Austin for my clinic with my longtime student Ashley Shaw, as well as a trip down to Emory and Henry University to help tune up their riders headed to the National Championships. A pleasure working with you all! And we were delighted to host the Casanova-Warrenton Pony Club for a clinic with our Ali, and she helped riders of all levels find their groove before their upcoming dressage rally and ratings. While my clinic schedule is pretty much booked for the year with trips across the US and Canada, Ali is available for local all-day and part-day clinics.

We're also very excited to welcome some new faces into the barn, including The Elvis Syndicate's newest partner, C. Cadeau, a 7-year-old Danish gelding for whom we have tremendously high hopes. Thank you, Syndicate team, for your support on this wild ride!

We have a special opportunity for the right person: a care lease on an FEI horse in our program. Rover has shown through the upper levels, though he'd like to focus on a lower-level career with the occasional visit to the changes and more collected work. He'd suit a rider who doesn't mind driving a horse forward. Email me for more information.
What's New
Our 2023 clinic schedule is starting to come together! We're very excited to begin this Saturday with Emma Ford and Cat Hill - two of the premier equine grooms - for a fabulous hands-on day about caring for our horses like the Olympians do. Emma and Cat literally wrote the book on equine care, and you'll enjoy learning from them about stable management and safety, daily care, first aid, body clipping, braiding, show turnout, organization and so much more. Sign up today on Strider - this event closes Wednesday, so hop to it!

We're also delighted to welcome Vera Kessels for a clinic May 31-June 1! Vera grew up in the Netherlands, a member of a show-jumper family. She worked ten years at a large training and sales barn in Holland before coming to the United States in 1995 with her Grand Prix horse Dotato. A talented trainer, Vera is also a successful competitor, winning many prestigious open and CDI Grand Prix competitions including the Palm Beach Dressage Derby and the renown Dressage at Devon. As a teacher, Vera is detail-oriented, classical in approach and optimistic in attitude. She believes every horse and rider deserves earnest attention and positive training. Her experience is both broad and deep, having worked with nearly every type and breed of horse over the course of 40+ years. Overall, Vera is a skilled instructor capable of communicating her knowledge and talents to her students as they strive to improve dressage fundamentals or to advance to the next level. Sign up for auditing (which includes lunch!) on Strider; for information on ride spots, shoot me an email.

Lastly, we're delighted to welcome Chelsea Canedy, a rider and trainer based in Wales, Maine, at her beautiful Unexpected Farm. Her training approach places a strong emphasis on understanding how horses learn, as well as rider mindfulness, and how that translates into better performance. Chelsea will combine her competitive experience in both dressage and eventing with her horsemanship education, with roots in positive reinforcement training and an extensive and ongoing resume with legends in that world, to work with us on solving training problems in a creative and fun way, both from the ground and the saddle. She'll join us at the end of July. Details forthcoming!

Assistant trainer Ali Redston - USDF Silver and Bronze Medalist with Distinction - and I are teaching up a storm as usual, both in-person and virtually. Please sign up for a lesson with either Ali or myself at TimeCenter - our Spring schedule is live! Ali and I also have availability for hub lessons throughout the area, so if you've got three or more riders, we'd love to come to you. Reach out via email and we'll get started.

We can't wait to see you, whether in person or behind a screen, so you can get to achieving all your dreams! Keep an eye on Facebook for the latest details.
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Lauren Sprieser
Sprieser Sporthorse
6782 Olinger Road
Marshall, VA 20115