Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Our training programs customized for each client's individual needs. Different ages, experience levels, goals.
Lungeing (being led in a circle with long line leads) Walk trot, canter and halt.
Riding instruction, proper positioning of rider, commands, mount and dismount, tacking up.
Grooming and aftercare of horse.
We offer partial care to full care for all of our boarders. Feeding twice daily, Hay/Grain/Water. All stalls are cleaned daily. Full service includes daily turn-out to paddocks (seasonal).
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Safety is the most important part of riding for both rider and horse. What priority does the trainer put on safety.
Do they require safety helmets?
How much experience in teaching and riding does the instructor have?
How much continuing education have they participated in, clinics, symposiums, etc.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Experience of instructor and of school horses
Education of instructor and number of years training
Type and safety of facility, lighting, size, ammenities
Location of facility
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. With over 30 years experience teaching people and training horses in Dressage, Christy Callender is certified USDF, USEF and is in the l learner judge program.
I have the knowledge and experience to teach horseback riding skills at all levels.
We also have exciting trail riding across the street in the 320 acre Battle Ground Lake State Park. They have many miles of groomed equestrian trails.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love the horses, teaching people how to ride well in Dressage is what excites me the most.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How far can you take me in Dressage instruction?
I can train Dressage through Pre st. george
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. One of my students (Vickie) attended ODS (Oregon Dressage Society) Adult Amature Camp on my Stallion Grandedezine in her second year of dressage training.
By the end of the clinic on the last day the crowd cheered for the performance of her and Grande.
I often attend clinics with my students as they progress and want to be recognized for their accomplishments in the art of Dressage.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. That I care for every horse on the property as though they were all mine. I evaluate their condition every time I am at the stall. In the evaluation I determine what changes need to happen to keep them happy, sound and in good physical condition. Nutrition adjustments for seasonal changes is extremely important.
I want customers to know that like all professions there are experts and frauds with everything in between. Please pay careful attention to your horse's care-giver
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. The love of animals and the thrill of teaching them to achieve their best ability.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Yes, Christy attends clinics and symposiums whenever possible. Constant reading and review of others work on the internet.
Attendance at the Dressage world cup finals in Las Vegas whenever possible.
Reading new books on Dressage or training techniques, videos and other educational media.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Pricing for my services is quite straight forward. However; due to the vast number of variables because of the custom programs it's best to contact me with the services you desire and we can go from there.