Frances Carbonnel has been awarded the USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in dressage, and has also won several world Western Dressage championships. Frances offers individual hourly lessons on your horse or one of her schoolmasters on both classical and western dressage.

Her school horses are trained in the lateral movements, canter flying changes, piaffe and passage. All levels of riders are welcome. For those who want to show, she teaches all aspects of that process in a supportive team atmosphere. While showing can provide a valuable means for setting and achieving goals, she does not believe it to be crucial to the development of the horse/rider relationship.

Frances bases her teaching on classical French dressage principles. She began her classical training while living in Southern France riding at the school of Nuno Olivera. To her, riding becomes art and the pursuit of beauty, harmony, and balance. She believes that classical dressage is the foundation for all training and uses it as the basis for jumping and rail classes too. A favorite pastime of Frances’ is Doma Vaquera riding, including the art of the Garrocha.

Learn Western Dressage with Frances - now teaching individual and group lessons in the fun new sport of western dressage!

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With over 20 years of experience with horses, Gretchen can help you and your horse get on track. Across all disciplines, Gretchen believes that by making “the right thing easy” for your horse, a relaxed, trusting partnership between horse and rider is possible. While working under renowned horseman Charlie Carrel for the past 5 years, Gretchen has learned how to establish a solid foundation on a young one just getting started, and also remedy behavioral issues that an older one might be having with his or her rider. She can also further develop your green horse that may need some tuning up, exposure, mileage, or more consistent work that you may not have the time for.

Growing up in Connecticut, Gretchen showed in the Equitation as a Child and Junior and had much success; winning Junior Medal Reserve Champion at Connecticut Finals, end-of-the-year Junior Equitation Champion multiple years in a row, and qualified for New England Finals and Maclay Regionals every year, to name a few. With her extensive background in a riders’s position and execution on course, Gretchen can teach rider’s of all ages and levels, whether it’s your first time on a horse or you are ready to step into the show ring.

For young horse development, fixing a problem horse, or riding lessons, contact Tailored Equine Training (Gretchen Stempf) at (860) 424-7629 or email at