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Nora BatchelderResident Grand Prix Trainer & High Performance Competitor

Nora and Elite Grand Prix Hanoverian Stallion, Bretone, at the Brentina Cup. Susan J. Stickle Photo.

  • Earned USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals by the time she turned 21 on horses she trained herself
  • USDF Gold Freestyle Bar
  • Trained and competed five horses through the Grand Prix level (Bahai, Farleight, Bretone, Weide, & Rue Facile) with more in the works and others trained to FEI. Excels at teaching changes – singles to one tempis. Enjoys using long-lining at all stages of training – from teaching 3 yos to steer to teaching FEI horses to piaffe.
  • 2013 Recipient of Developing Dressage Training Grant from the USEF High Performance Committee.
  • 2013 Invited to Developing Dressage Training Session with Debbie McDonald at Hassler Dressage.
  • 2013 Region 3 Open Prix St. Georges Champion with Bahai.
  • 2013 Qualified for Inaugural US Dressage Finals with Bahai at Prix St Georges and Intermediare I.
  • 2013 6th Place Markel National Developing Horse Prix St Georges Championships with Bahai.
  • 2012 Invited to compete at National Intermediare Championships at USET Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ
  • 2012 Region 3 Open Grand Prix Champion and Open Intermediare Freestyle Champion.
  • Many titles at the Region 8 Dressage Championships; including Champion in the Grand Prix and Intermediare Freestyles and Reserve Champion in the Grand Prix
  • 2009 Bretone and Nora finished up sixth in the National Grand Prix Freestyle rankings with scores to over 80%
  • 2008, 2009, 2010, & 2011 AHS National All Breeds Champion for the Grand Prix Freestyle with Bretone
  • 2010 & 2011 Alternate for Developing Prix St. Georges National Championships with Farleight
  • 2006, 2007 & 2010 Qualified for and competed in the Brentina Cup at the Dressage Festival of Champions in Gladstone, NJ.
  • 2005 USDF Horse of the Year Young Rider Grand Prix with Weide.
  • Qualified horses for the National Young Horse Dressage Championships and National Developing Horse Championships.
  • 2003 Competed in NAYRC for Region 8 Dressage Team
  • Learned from many New England dressage trainers: including parents (Verne Batchelder & Jeanie Hahn), Pam Goodrich, Chris Hickey, & Kathy Connelly.
  • Competed in Combined Training through Preliminary, qualified horses for the Regional Training Championships, and earned AHS National All Breeds Champion for Training Level Eventing.
  • Ribbons in the jumpers at HITS Ocala.

 

Jeanie HahnResident Grand Prix Trainer & Lunge Lesson Master

Jeanie riding her Elite Grand Prix Hanoverian Stallion, Maronjo. Photo: Terri Miller.

  •  USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist

  •  USDF Certified Instructor

  •  Students from training level through grand prix

  •  An active dressage competitor, Jeanie has trained and shown several horses all the way through grand prix.

  •  Great at teaching lateral work, pirouettes, and flying changes.

  •  Focuses on the rider’s position through lunge lessons.

 

 

Verne and Imperioso XIV, a Lusitano stallion belonging to long-time student Sue Medlicott, practicing a levade. Heidi Osgood Photo

Verne Batchelder - Freelance Clinician & FEI Trainer

Verne Batchelder approaches dressage instruction with an articulate,  technical yet compassionate system.  Verne transfers to his students the ability to be patient and persistent in their training with their horses. He is quick to provide his students with training exercises so they are less likely to take it personally when all does not go well. He is comfortable teaching riders of all ages and aspirations and often uses long-lining to aid in the horses’ training. He along with his wife, Jeanie, and daughter, Nora, operate River House Hanoverians, originally in NH and now based in Florida. River House has imported over 200 Hanoverians from Germany and produced twice that amount domestically from their own mares and stallions.  His student base includes a wide variety of riders from those motivated by showing to those who just enjoy the training process and choose not to show. Verne does many clinics all along the east coast, teaching everyone from beginners to grand prix competitors.