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Harmony is born out of a genuine empathy for the horse and a compassionate awareness of the mental and physical impact of the work on the horse.

Trainer Profile

Tonja Dausend is a mobile instructor and trainer. She has trained horses professionally for over 25 years but she has ridden all of her life. Her family has raised horses for many generations. She began retraining problem horses and starting young horses at a very early age. Tonja now takes advantage of opportunities to improve her horsemanship skills as often as possible. She has worked with various international instructors in the USA and Germany. She has participated in numerous seminars and USDF instructor programs, as well as attending the "L" Education Program for Judges Training. She and her students have shown Dressage, Hunt Seat and Western successfully on the local, regional and national levels. Tonja’s main interest is classical riding - the art of enhancing harmony between horse and rider. She is currently studying classical riding and attends clinics with Erik Herbermann (author of the timeless masterpiece, Dressage Formula and the recently released, A Horseman’s Notes).

Clear communication is important in teaching and training. Her goal, as a classical rider, is to thoughtfully develop maximum results with the horse using the smallest of aids. She carries these same principals into her teaching by explaining the complex concepts of horsemanship in a constructive, positive way.




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