Vincent Flores Dressage

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USDF Bronze, Silver & Gold Medalist

French Classical Training


Vincent Flores & Dolce, Swedish Warmblood gelding

About me...

Vincent Flores & Ocapi, KWPN gelding

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.


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 participate to the Website improvement committee with the Region 8 GMO NEDA (New England Dressage Association).


I am currently based out of Settlement Farm in Townsend, Massachusetts, and welcome trailer-in lessons. I am also available for weekend clinics either in New England, or anywhere in the US.



 

Main Achievements

2018:

High Point Champion (Second Level) - Bear Spot Foundation Show II, Concord, MA (USA on Southern Belle

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


2017:

USDF Gold Medal

USDF Freestyle Gold Bar Medal

Reserve Champion - USDF Region 9 Third Level 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 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


2016:

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

Champion - Southwest Dressage Championships at Intermediate Freestyle on Dolce

Champion - Breed Award from SWANA at FEI Intermediate I on Dolce

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


2015:

USDF Bronze & Silver medals

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

7th place - Region 9 Open Freestyle Intermediate Championship on Dolce

Breed award from the Swedish Warmblood Association of North America (SWANA) at Prix St Georges (Champion) on Dolce


2011: 11th place - FEI World Dressage Challenge (Zone 4) on Ocapi

Vincent Flores & Hank, Percheron gelding

Certifications

NSC CPR Adult & Infant (June 2015, USA)

Certified by the National Safety Council

 

NSC First Aid (June 2015, USA)

Certified by National Safety Council

 

British Horse Society’s Progressive Riding Tests (2012, UAE)

Stable Management and Equitation

 

Federation Française d’Equitation (FFE) - Galop 7 (2000)

Dressage, Show Jumping & Eventing

Vincent Flores & Dolce, Swedish Warmblood gelding

Services

Vincent Flores & Dolce, Swedish Warmblood gelding

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.








Services offered:

  •  limited space for horse in full training
  • 45 min Lesson in clinics
  •  Show coaching
  •  Starting young horse
  •  Developing and promoting horses for sale


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