My mission statement...
I am an USDF Gold, Gold Bar, Silver & Bronze medalist rider, horse trainer & coach, available for any student passionate about the art of dressage and about improving the abilities of their horse. I based my training system upon decades of experience with a wide variety of horse breeds, as well as bringing years of experience in leadership and sport coaching.
Unlike most traditional training approaches, my system strongly emphases on the rider's mental coaching, on goals settings, action plan roll-outs, beyond just the training plan related to the horse.
As long as I can remember, I've been riding horses! I started my equestrian life in the South of France, my home country. After obtaining the "Galop 7" certification with the French national federation, I've started competing regionally and nationally in France in the 3 disciplines: dressage, show jumping and eventing.
After years of showing in different countries in the 3 disciplines - and up to Prix Saint Georges level in dressage, I've decided to dedicate my riding to dressage in 2012, after moving to Houston, Texas. I've competed my own horses and obtained both my Bronze and Silver medals in 2015. In 2017, I obtained my Gold Medal on a self-trained horse called Renoir, as well as my Freestyle Gold Bar with my second Grand Prix horse Montesol.
I have started several young horses both in Europe & the US, and competed several of them in breed shows. I have experience with a large variety of breeds, from warmbloods to thoroughbreds, ponies to draft horses, with an emphasis on baroque breeds.
I have helped several students achieve their USDF Bronze and Silver medals scores, and have actively coached Gold medalists as well.
I also actively use the mental coaching tools I have used for over a decade in the corporate world in leadership management, as a fitness trainer and also the sports & life coaching tools I have used for myself.
Giving back to the dressage community is an important part of my commitment to the sport, and as such I have served in 2017 on the board of the USDF Region 9 GMO Houston Dressage Society as Historian/Social Media coordinator, and currently member of the Board pf Director of the Region 8 GMO NEDA (New England Dressage Association) as Sponsorship Coordinator.
I am currently based at the Connecticut Equestrian Center, in Coventry CT, and welcome trailer-in lessons, as well as a limited number of clients and horse for sale in full training. I am also available for weekend clinics either in New England, or anywhere in the US.
Reserve Champion - USDF Region 8 Prix Saint Georges Championships on Reve Noir
4th Place - USDF Region 8 FEI Intermediate I Championships on Reve Noir
5th Place - USDF Region 8 Training Level CHampionships on Sovereign EMF
USDF Musical Freestyle Challenge Champion Third Level on Southern Belle SWF
Selected as Demo rider at the NEDA Fall Symposium headlining Dorothee Schneider on Southern Belle SWF
National Champion - Breed Award from NA Danish Warmblood Association at Third Level on Southern Belle SWF
National Champion - Breed Award from NA Danish Warmblood Association at Third Level Freestyle on Southern Belle SWF
Reserve Champion - USDF Region 8 Third Freestyle Championships on Southern Belle SWF
3rd place - USDF Region 8 Third Level Open Championships on Southern Belle SWF
High Point Champion (Third Level) - ENYDCTA Dressage Days, Glenville, NY (USA) with Southern Belle SWF
Champion - NEDA Year-End Award First Level Open with Southern Belle SWF
National Champion - Breed Award from NA Danish Warmblood Association at First Level on Southern Belle SWF
Champion - USDF Region 8 First Level Championships on Southern Belle SWF
7th Place - USDF Region 8 First Level Championships on Southern Belle SWF
High Point Champion (Second Level) - Bear Spot Foundation Show II, Concord, MA (USA) on Southern Belle SWF
High Point Champion (First Level) - Bear Spot Foundation Show I, Concord, MA (USA) on Southern Belle SWF
High Point Champion (Second Level) - GMHA Show I&II, South Woodstock, VT (USA) on Southern Belle SWF
High Point Champion (Fourth Level) - GMHA Show II, South Woodstock, VT (USA) on Riviera
High Point Champion (First Level) - MVHC Show, Gales Ferry, CT (USA) on Southern Belle SWF
High Point Champion (Fourth Level) - MVHC Show, Gales Ferry, CT (USA) on Riviera
Reserve Champion - USDF Region 9 Third Level Championships on Riviera
3rd Place - Southwest Dressage Championships Second Level on Riviera
4th Place - Southwest Dressage Championships Grand Prix on Montesol
Reserve Champion - USDF Region 9 First Level Freestyle Championships on Electra
3rd Place - Southwest Dressage Championships First Level Freestyle on Electra
Freestyle High Point Champion (First Level) - HDS Spring Show, Katy, TX (USA) on Electra
Freestyle High Point Champion (Grand Prix) - HDS Autumn Show, Katy, TX (USA) on Montesol
3rd place - Southern Breeders Championships / 4 Years Old Materiale on Qualitat Kronjuwel
Leading Award Athlete - CDI2* Small Tour, Katy, TX (USA) on Dolce
Houston Dressage Society Year end Award - Reserve Champion at FEI Intermediate I on Dolce
National Champion - Southwest Dressage Championships at Intermediate Freestyle on Dolce
National Champion - Breed Award from SWANA at FEI Intermediate I on Dolce
National Champion - Breed Award from SWANA at FEI Intermediate Freestyle on Dolce
4th Place - Region 9 Open FEI Intermediate I Freestyle Championships on Dolce
3rd Place - Southwest Dressage Championships at Third Level on Hermes
Champion - Region 9 2nd Level Championship on Hermes
Champion - Region 9 Prix St Georges Championship on Dolce
Champion - Region 9 Intermediate I Championship on Dolce
Champion – Southwest Dressage Championships at Intermediate I on Dolce
4th place - Region 9 1st Level Championship on Hermes
National Champion - Breed award from the Swedish Warmblood Association of North America (SWANA) at Prix St Georges (Champion) on Dolce
CPR, First Aid & AED Adult & Infant (August 2019)
Certified by the American Red Cross
British Horse Society’s Progressive Riding Tests (2012)
Stable Management and Equitation
Federation Française d’Equitation (FFE) - Galop 7 (2000)
Dressage, Show Jumping & Eventing
My training program is based on the principles of Classical dressage. In a nutshell, it refers to the development of a mutually respectful, harmonious relationship between horse and rider. A classical rider focuses on his horse’s abilities rather than on its inabilities. In my opinion, all horses may be able to perform the movements of the Grand Prix, as long as they can physically do it without injuries. Rather than disciplining the horse because his conformation does not allow perfection, the rider accepts his horse’s best. That is not to say that the horse cannot improve his carriage or presentation with proper conditioning. Classical dressage is all about time! Like the rider, the horse also takes years to develop. Each movement is dependent upon sufficient training of previous movements. As the horse progresses in its training, gaps in training will become more apparent. If the horse is not adequately prepared, the highest levels cannot be attained. That is why training and classical dressage is about time, not about shortcuts and training gadgets and gizmos. No training device or shortcut will ever surpass good foundation work.
- limited space for horse in full training
- 2 or 3 days of Dressage Bootcamps
- 45 min Lesson in clinics
- Show coaching
- Starting young horse
- Developing and promoting horses for sale