New Petaluma base for veteran dressage and eventing trainer.
by Sue Schindler
Bethany Wallace of Dreamtime Sport Horses, an ARIA Certified dressage and eventing trainer, is pleased to announce the new location of her training barn at the beautiful Willowbrook Stables in Petaluma. The move allows Bethany to expand her training and competition program and she invites new clients from youth to adult riders of all levels to join her for the upcoming show season.
Bethany’s program is well rounded between FEI dressage and her love of the sport of eventing. While classical dressage is the foundation for the Dreamtime program, Bethany believes that eventing provides a fun, important outlet and a literal change of pace for herself and her horses.
She has a place in her program for dedicated dressage riders, eventers who are in search of those all important strong dressage scores as well as excellent jumping training and fitness work, and those riders who wish to cross-train.
She has earned her USDF Bronze Medal, and has a strong background training horses and riders up the levels as well as competing. With many years of experience introducing young horses to showing in eventing and dressage, as well as starting young sport horses under saddle, she knows each horse has a unique personality and physique to be nurtured and developed.
Bethany has worked with all types and breeds of horses, plus “problem” horses; and while she loves a big athletic Warmblood as much as the next dressage enthusiast, she also believes in capitalizing on each horse’s individual strengths and talents, regardless of breed.
Student Flavia Berrys offers this recommendation: “Bethany is a very professional and talented teacher who truly enjoys her work. She teaches not only technique, but also the theory behind the movement and horse psychology. It’s a real joy to ride under her tutelage.”
One important aspect for the training and lesson barn includes developing a strong sense of sportsmanship and a feeling of community. A role model herself, Bethany teaches responsibility, technique and confidence.
“I love teaching all ages and levels, and I just love sharing that feeling of camaraderie that develops when students are working hard with their horses and going to the shows together, helping each other out and rooting for one another,” she explains. “I hope to create a friendly, supportive and comfortable community feeling at Willowbrook Stables for my clients, while at the same time providing all the high quality amenities, educational opportunities, and first-rate training needed to excel as athletes in dressage and eventing.”
For 2016, Bethany has big plans for her two horses. Her gelding Pharaoh is a stunning imported 13 year old Rhinelander who is relatively new to her. He was very successful in the FEI Young Horse classes and through 4th Level in his younger years and Bethany is very excited to campaign with him for the first time next year.
Her mare, Penny, is a 12 year old American Warmblood that she has owned and trained herself since Penny was a yearling. Penny is 3rd Level dressage and a scopey and careful jumper, but has not shown due to an autoimmune disease that has plagued her since the age of 4. With proper veterinary treatment, it is now in remission and Bethany’s patience and dedication to her horse will finally be rewarded as the pair is ready to show in dressage and eventing in 2016.
According to Bethany, the two horses are polar opposites in many ways: Penny is a hot and reactive mare who was very difficult when she was a youngster and Pharaoh is playful yet mellow, with a heart of gold. Look for Bethany and both horses on the circuits in the coming new year.
Willowbrook Stables offers many amenities for DreamTime Sport Horse clients and their horses. There are two big airy barns with rubber pavers and roomy stalls with runs – perfect for the larger sport horses. In addition, there is a mare motel and excellent care including high quality hay fed three times a day.
The arenas are top of the line, with one covered arena and one large outdoor jumping arena. Both arenas offer state-of-the-art sand/textile footing and are groomed daily. There are turnouts, a covered Equiciser, and beautiful hills to ride over for those who want to get out of the arena. It is a well-run facility with an experienced manager who lives on site and it caters to upper level sport horses and their owners. The location in Petaluma is ideal, offering the feeling of the countryside and centrally located for access from Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties.
Dreamtime Sport Horses will be offering an introductory clinic at Willowbrook Stables on Sunday, Oct. 25, for riders in the area to have the chance to get acquainted with Bethany and her teaching and training style. She will be offering lessons in both dressage and jumping for new and prospective clients, and auditors are welcome.
Client Becca Campbell highly recommends Bethany’s clinics. “The clinics she hosts are so incredibly valuable and worthwhile. I have participated in one and observed two. They are the most power packed and informative clinics I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending.”
Bethany will also be traveling to the San Diego and Modesto areas for regular clinics in the upcoming months. Select opportunities for mobile training are currently available in Sonoma County as well.
For more information, visit www.sporthorsetraining.com or call Bethany Wallace at 619-850-5923 for more information.
Written by Sue Schindler
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 23:14