Williams Dressage is located on the picturesque Eastern Shore of Virginia. Richard and Frances Williams offer unique, customized services for the serious equestrian.
The Williams' philosophy promotes Classical Dressage methods. The rider's development and education parallels the education and training of the horse. We encourage training the horse and rider together, so that riders can benefit fully from the training the horses receive while at Williams Dressage.
TRAINING OF THE HORSE
Training is based on Classical Dressage principles, as taught to us by our mentors. In-hand training is based on classical principles of work from the ground including lunging, in-hand, and long and short line work. Riding the horses in open country, over cavaletti, schooling in the arenas and together with other horses is all part of our well-rounded curriculum.
TRAINING OF THE RIDER
Riders are taught the balanced seat, suppleness, timing and correct delivery of the aids, and how to follow the movement of the horse in all gaits. Riding lessons are on the lunge line and in the arena. Emphasis is placed on the phases of riding including: listening, analysis, application of the aids, listening for response, harmonizing, and analysis and re-application of another aid.