You can expect to work with a consummate professional who is knowledgeable about horses and the sport of dressage. She is well organized, always pleasant, and prompt. She gives intelligent and helpful instruction, with clear goals in mind for horse and rider, including safety and enjoyment. She has a strong work ethic and integrity. Best of all she really cares!
I first met Shelley when she was 12 and riding hunters. She was always fun to be around – pleasant, helpful, and the hardest worker of any student in the stable. Around the same time, we changed to a new trainer and switched to studying dressage. Later, Shelley became an assistant at the stable, and I often paid her to ride my horse. Years later, Shelley and I were both mothers with young children. She hung out her shingle and became a full time professional, while I had to sell my horse and quit riding. Fast forward about 15 years, I was ready to start riding again. I found Shelley’s website and sent her an email. In about a week I was back in the saddle. This was nearly two years ago, and I am loving it! I am excited to have found an instructor who always has the best interest of both horse and rider at the center of the lesson. She is encouraging, while at the same time pushing me to reach the next level. Despite the fact that she, personally, is driven, she never forgets that a lot of amateurs have horses and ride for fun. However, if you are driven too, you won’t be disappointed. The friendly and collegial atmosphere in the barn with her other students is an added benefit.
Shelley has never let up on her own equine education. Taught by some good professionals, the school of hard knocks, and lots of experience, she has developed into a very skilled rider as well as teacher, continuing to take lessons and ride in clinics. For some years her mentors have been the accomplished Kim and Yvonne Barteau.
I deeply admire the person my young friend has become. The pleasant and talented teen I knew when I got my first horse almost 40 years ago, has developed into a wonderful professional horsewoman and a very fine person. It is my privilege to ride with, and recommend, Shelley Day.