So, the past month I've been going to Aiken to train with Lellie Ward at least four or five days a week with Spartacus. Her motto is to "ride better". What exactly does that mean to me? It means that you should ride by knowledge; not luck. You should ride well all the time, and never slack off and ride half-hearted. Never blame the horse for not understanding what you asked them to do. Instead, you as the rider should find the solution to the problem and do whatever you have ...to in order to get the job done. I've learned so many things. How to sit on your seat bones correctly, leg yields, driving from the hind end, how to get your horse round with your leg, flying lead changes, how to deal with bucking, rearing, etc. My posture has improved with lots of scoldings from Ms. Lellie haha! I no longer have a chair leg. I'm finding my balance; balance means not pulling. I have so much still to learn and I can't wait to keep getting better! Hopefully you'll see me in my first three phase event soon!
Such a pleasure to see Lellie train my lovely New Forrest pony mare and give her such quiet confidence in everything she is learning...Dressage, Stadium/XC jumping, trail riding in the woods, trail obstacles and possibly fox hunting this fall. Yippee!
I am so excited Lellie is hping me both regain my confidence and become a better educated rider in the coming months. I am thrilled being taught by such an understanding and supportive trainer in a fun and relaxing atmosphere which in turn helps me learn and ride better.
My lessons at Paradise Farm began in April of 2015. My mother took me and my new horse, Ellorree, to Paradise for some much needed lessons. Lellie began teaching me how to be effective and RIDE BETTER.
We only had lessons about twice a month since we live hours away and school was so demanding. I would stay the weekend and have a couple of lessons each day to build on previous skills. Lellie clicked with me, understood my goals, and more importantly, understood my horse. I always came home with clear goals for the next lesson.
Recently, she has taught me to use my seat and body to change length and speed of stride which has been useful in all of the horses I ride. From the young to the experienced horses, it is a major tool used to help balance them. Each lesson adds and improves the tools that I have in my "tool box".
It is my second summer with Lellie and I am now one of her working students. I get to ride many horses and learn lots of things on and off the horse. I am grateful to be working with such a talented instructor and rider.
We've gone from Starter level to Training level in about a year and are qualified for the American Eventing Championships. I couldn't have done this without the help of Lellie Ward. Riders and horses at any level will benefit from her experienced, thorough instruction.
Johns Island, SC