Here at Fairhaven, we promote the concepts of classical riding. For me, classical riding means using and teaching methods that have been around since the early beginnings of riding, and not anything that's "trendy" or for style only and has no purpose. Although I am aware of and respect the differences between disciplines and also teach my students those differences, regardless of discipline, the basics of good riding are the same (universal). Since the time of Xenophon, classical riders have promoted the concept of "for the good of the horse" and here at Fairhaven, we won't do or teach anything that contradicts that.
I have competed throught the Preliminary level of Eventing, am a USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist, and am certified by American Riding Instructor Association (ARIA). I have participated in part 1 of the USDF "L" Judge Training Program. I plan on participating in part 2 ithis year.
Lessons at Fairhaven usually alternate between flat, stadium, xc, conditioning and/or a combination of two We often incorporate games into the lessons for our younger riders to reinforce proper riding techniques in a fun way.
Photos from off site competitions areound Area III (GA, AL, FL, TN, MS, NC, SC
About Mary McGuire Smith
25 years as a professional dressage trainer/instructor
Graduate of USDF "L" Judges Training Program
ARIA Certified Level III Dressage Instructor
Successful students at the local, state and regional level in dressage
Experience with many different breeds and types