Michelle has a B.S. in Agricultural Biology from UVM. The author of the Horse Ownership workbook, she speaks about the topic at public seminars and is passionate about promoting responsible, fantastic horsemanship. She loves helping students create mentally, emotionally and physically healthy horses that stay sound well into their geriatric years. Michelle's background includes over 10 years of natural horse training theory and technique, She has more recently been studying the application of healthy biomechanics through traditional dressage training. She also specializes in helping students overcome fear.
Michelle loves helping students transition from beginner to intermediate riders, which includes goal setting and attainment, horse selection and preparation, and individual preparation. She loves helping people move from "how horses make them feel" to "having something of value to offer a horse".
With a background in natural horse training, Tim enjoys starting colts and mounted shooting. He specializes in desensitizing horses to prepare for challenging disciplines - like mounted shooting! - and also likes helping students get started with horses. He offers specialty services in tack and equipment selection and fit. He loves helping folks find gear that it just right for their horse and their goals.
Ellen Miller- Owner of the ellen miller riding school
Instructor/clinician who teaches at Lazy Acres Equines biweekly
Ellen began her dressage education with a German certified trainer in Thailand where she spent her childhood. This education continued when she returned to the United States as a teenager and began to work for the American Dressage Institute in Saratoga. At ADI Ellen was exposed to some of the first “upper level” dressage training this country had to offer, riding with Spanish Riding school greats such as Franz Rochowansky, Arthur Kottas, Col. Hans Moeller, and Ernst Bachinger. She learned about horsemanship at the highest level, rode many of this country's first Grand prix schoolmasters, and was exposed to the art and passion of dressage by Michael and Tom Poulin, Janet Black, Lockie Richards, Mrs. Howard Serrell.
After ADI disbanded, Ellen followed Janet Black to the Poulin’s farm in Maine before continuing on to New Jersey to build her own clientele, many of whom she still teaches today. She later traveled to Denmark, purchasing Frostfire, who took her to 9th in the nation at Grand prix in 1987 and got her a spot long listed for the Pan Am games. Ellen imported many quality horses from Denmark after this for students and clients, trained her horse Indius to the Grand Prix after his Grand Prix jumping career, continued to show nationally, did many classical dressage demonstrations including the Vermont Mozart festival which gave a beautiful dressage exhibition for 20 years, and developed her true passion which is the riding school.
Ellen has trained many students and horses to FEI level, and still travels up the East coast teaching and clinicing. She has students from all disciplines- eventers, hunter/jumpers, trail riders, western pleasure riders and, most recently, people that participate in mounted shooting. Though trained classically in dressage, Ellen has an eclectic horse background; at different points in her career, she has exercised race horses, worked on a harness track, ridden steeple chasers, ridden cross country, schooled hunt horses in Virginia, competed at Madison Square garden as a hunter/jumper, and even played polo. She is a passionate educator, teacher, and advocate for the horse.
Please visit her website at www.constancehillfarm.com.
Marina has been riding since the age of seven. She has ridden both English and Western disciplines with a primary focus on Western. She is currently interested in/learning how to rein and hopes to pursue showing in the near future. (Although Ellen is getting her interested in dressage! We will see....)
Marina graduated, Cum Laude, from Vermont Technical College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Studies and a minor in business. She is certified in Equine Sports Massage Therapy, and has completed in-depth study of equine muscular and skeletal anatomy and equine conformation and gait analysis. Always learning, she is currently working towards obtaining her saddle fitting certification and plans to combine those skills with massage work.
While Marina enjoys the sports medicine and rehabilitation side of the equine industry (training and conditioning), she also enjoys helping both horse and rider overcome obstacles. She ties it all together when she works on horse and rider fitness- helping create healthy partnerships!