Training and Instruction
Sharon's training program is focused on making consistent progress with each horse, while taking into consideration each individual's strengths and weaknesses.
Creating a dressage horse who enjoys their work and stays healthy and sound is always the top priority!
Her students are encouraged to work hard, but also to try to enjoy the process of learning. Competitive riders are taught to be well prepared and focused on realistic goal setting for themselves and their horses.
Meet a few of Sharon's past and present human and equine students below...
Wendy Bourland's Lusitano gelding Jupiter made his 3rd level debut in 2021.
I was proud to coach McKenna Holliday and her Spanish Norman mare First Law to their USDF Gold Medal and to a placing at the 2021 Brentina Cup!
Dr. Elodie Huguet and her stunning Bavarian gelding Statement have earned their Bronze Medal and are training for their Silver!
Dr. Meghan Watt, a UF Vet school graduate, worked her way from Training Level to Grand Prix with Andalusian Madrigal!
Megan Richards and her home bred German Riding Pony Bugatti (Burberry x Art Deco) are competing at Training & First Level. Megan is our barn manager and also helps start all of the young horses that come in for training. Thanks Megan!
Dr. Alissa Dragstedt and her Hanoverian gelding Don Carlito have progressed from Third Level to I-1 in the past 2 years. Alissa is a USDF Silver Medalist.
Falconer aka "Fritz" 1998 HOL gelding owned, trained and competed from foal to Grand Prix by Sharon. Bred by Masu Hamacher.
Dr. Kris Kuchinski Broome has been training with Sharon for nearly 20 years. Kris has worked her way up the levels to earn her Bronze and Silver medals and freestyle bars. She's also competed at the US Dressage Finals four times with 3 different horses, mares Lauren, Zaomi, and Delilah!
Espanto is a 2009 Lusitano gelding owned by Deborah Gray McGowan and competing at Prix St. Georges.
Dr. Heather Luing has been training with Sharon for the past 20 years (!), Heather is a USDF Bronze & Silver medalist, as well as a successful breeder of German Riding Ponies.
Sharon's Hanoverian mare Summer Solstice (aka Velvet) has progressed from First Level to Intermediare 1.
Nautika aka "Natalie" was a Holsteiner mare owned and bred by Dr. Patricia Sullivan. She was trained and competed by Sharon from 1st level to Grand Prix.
Dutelmi SCF, a Dutch mare raised, started, and trained to Fourth Level by Sharon before being sold. She became a successful Grand Prix horse under Eline Eckroth!
Daphne is a 2011 Oldenburg mare bred by Lesley Pollington. She was started by Sharon and trained to 4th Level before being sold. She was the 2015 USDF Horse of the Year, Materiale for 4/5 year old mares! Daphne is now an up and coming Grand Prix horse under Eline Eckroth.
Dr. Kate Peper and Akela at the Brentina Cup National Championships. It was an honor to coach Kate to her USDF Gold Medal and Brentina Cup placing!
Florentino is a Hanoverian gelding previously owned by Deborah Gray McGowan, trained and competed by Sharon from 1st level to I-1.
Student Dr. Meghan Watt and her Andalusian gelding Invicto MC. Invicto and Meghan went from 3rd Level to Grand Prix during their time at Sharon's!
Hannah was a 1996 Holsteiner mare owned & bred by Masu Hamachaer trained and competed by Sharon from Training to 4th Level.
Renee Genther earned her USDF Bronze medal and competed at US Dressage Finals under Sharon's coaching.
Anjer Beartie of JLF, a very special Friesian mare bred by Maggie Kotuk. She was trained by Sharon from green broke to Third Level before being sold.
Burberry, a GRP stallion, started under saddle and trained to PSG by Sharon before being sold.