The Gymnasium of the Horse, Gustav Steinbrecht

The Complete Training of the Horse and Rider, Alois Podhajsky

Dressage in Harmony, Walter Zettl

Academic Equitation, General Decarpentry

Francois Baucher - The Man and his Method, Hilda Nelson

Reflections on Equestrian Art, Nuno Oliveira

Tug of War: Classical vs Modern Dressage, Gerd Heuschmann

Twisted Truths of Modern Dressage, Philippe Karl

The Classical Seat, Sylvia Loch

Ride with Your Mind, Mary Wanless

Dressage 101, Jane Savoie

Dressage Principles based on Biomechanics, Thomas Ritter

Dressage for the 21st Century, Paul Belasik

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"Fabulous lesson today with Carole Curley. Just the right push and just the right walk breaks!" (Melissa)

 "This is what makes you an excellent teacher. You push when you need to and give solutions for issues that build confidence". (Kelli)

"There is no BS with you. You have the ability to zero in on the weakness, criticize without judgement and provide a very logical solution but still allow mistakes until the student understands how to execute. That builds self-esteem and forward progress. You are also the only trainer so far who is willing to allow 100 questions to help the student understand what is being asked and that for me is everything in dressage. Love you❤️" (Kris)

"Carole Curley rocks !!!!! And she is also a wonderful dressage judge !!!!" (Coeli)

My belief is that any horse, in any equestrian discipline, can benefit from basic dressage training, balance and enhanced communication between horse and rider.  I have 40 years of experience with horses in many disciplines and received my certification as a Jane Savoie Certified Instructor in 2011.   

I started Effective Equestrian after watching riders and friends struggling to make progress with their horses, despite hours and hours in the saddle.  Their riding just wasn't effective. They didn't know what to do to get results.  There had to be a better way to learn and train.   

My program combines philosophies from many different methods of training.  I am familiar with and frequently study the historical equestrian principles of the German and French Classical Dressage masters and combine that with current scientific information on equine and rider bio-mechanics.  My background as an engineer gives me a unique perspective on solving problems with the dressage horse and rider.

Training this way is steady and progressive, and gets results without jeopardizing the health and safety of horse or rider.   Today's competition dressage training has many short cuts and gadgets that often lead to gaps and problems down the road.  Together we can fill in those gaps and create a happy, healthy partnership. 

My background includes many great trainers and clinics with Bettina Drummond, Sally Swift, Walter Zettl and Steffen Peters.  My teaching style is patient and positive, and continuously offers new information on training and the science of riding.  I encourage my students to read and follow not only the classical masters, but particularly the methods of today's leading classical trainers, Paul Belasik and Rose Caslar Belasik, Thomas & Shana Ritter, Manolo Mendez, Sylvia Loch, and Jean Luc Cornille, and of course, Jane Savoie.

For many, the barn is a refuge from daily life that should be relaxing and enjoyable.   Every person's riding experience is a unique journey.  Let's find what works for Your horse, Your goals and Your life!

- Carole