Upstate Equine Dressage
Emily Shealy is a professional Dressage trainer and rider, specializing in the classical "German" training scale that emphasizes clear, correct, and consistent communication between horse and rider. Emily's training techniques are fair and straightforward, with the horse's wellbeing in the forefront of all work. She utilizes groundwork, long lines, and lunge lessons as regular tools of her work, in addition to routine under-saddle training.
Emily is a USDF Bronze Medalist, SCDCTA Silver Medalist, and has been awarded Region Championships, End of the Year USDF and SCDCTA Championships awards, and Dressage Seat Finalist as a Young Rider.
Emily grew up with horses and the Dressage community as she worked her way up the training scale and competition levels. She worked as a full time working student for professional Dressage trainers for over 15 years, as well as putting herself through training and school as a professional braider and groom for nationally & internationally recognized riders for many years prior to stepping out on her own as a professional trainer.
She has had the privilege to work with many national and internationally known Dressage masters and trainers throughout her own training, and as a result, has gained extensive training and show experience with a variety of horses and ponies at many different levels of competition.
Emily's students have been very successful in their goals while under her tutelage, whether it has been to show, or achieve personal training 'bests'. A few of her students' accolades include, but are not limited to, Century Club membership, USDF medals, Pony Club ratings & awards for excellence, and regional championship awards.
As a professionally certified massage therapist and saddle fitter with Upstate Equine, LLC, Emily is also able to bring a unique, physiological point of view to her students and horses in training, offering a complete wellness and training programme.
Upstate Equine, LLC is currently accepting students looking to achieve a higher level of communication and clarity in their work with their own horses.