Area equestrians host 2017 Dressage Instructors Seminar

Published 5:12 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017

The 2017 Dressage Instructors Seminar, to be held Sept. 12-15, will be hosted by the Tryon International Equestrian Center, home of the 2018 World Equestrian Games. It will feature internationally known instructor trainers, Barbro Ask-Upmark, Education Manager for Tryon International Equestrian Center; Jodi Lees, USEF “S” Dressage Judge; and Randi Thompson, CEO of the Horse and Rider Awareness Educational Programs.

Barbo Ask-Upmark states, “We are very excited to host this first Dressage Instructors Seminar at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. We are going to take the instructors who attend to a new level of success by offering them an all-inclusive educational experience, a CDI 3* dressage competition and the equine simulator, Tryon Maximus, that can show them how to ride and teach movements through Grand Prix!”

“To teach someone how to ride their horse is a huge responsibility and should not be taken lightly. To stay informed and updated with latest teaching techniques shows your clients that you truly care and want to give them the best. We are thrilled to include the newest equine simulator, Tryon Maximus, as part of our program. Each instructor participant will be a riding and teaching with Maximus,” says Ask-Upmark.

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States Jodi Lees, “The Dressage Instructors Seminar was designed to enhance the effectiveness of instructors in both their teaching skills and in the management of their business. We will have discussions about training, teaching and business concepts specifically pertaining to dressage instructors.”

“On day 3, we will focus on what the judge is seeing at the Tryon Fall Dressage CDI 3* at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina. There will be a discussion on different movements that reveals how the judge comes up with a score and why. It is for instructors to know what modifies the scores up and down so that they can focus on what is correct when teaching their students,” says Lees.

According to Randi Thompson, “We know what dressage instructors need to do to succeed in the horse business and are sharing the steps to success that will make a difference for them. To be successful as a dressage instructor is much more than coaching riders or training horses, you need to know how to network with other professionals and also how to operate as a business both professionally and legally.”

“Barbro, Jodi and I have joined together to share years of experience as successful professionals in the horse world with those who will be attending. We are honored to be hosted by the Tryon International Equestrian Center and look forward to presenting the 2017 Dressage Instructor’s Seminar at their world class facility in Tryon,” says Thompson.

The 2017 Dressage Instructors Seminar will focus on:

Innovative Teaching Techniques: Hands on Practice with demo riders of all levels.

From the Judges Box at a CDI3*: Improve Your Students Scores! What the judge is looking for in the different movements and gaits

Horse Business: Expand, promote and protect your horse business

Ride and Teach with The Equine Simulator, Tryon Maximus


Barbro Ask-Upmark is the Education Manager at Tryon International Equestrian Center. She is a native of Sweden and relocated to the US in 1999. Barbro has earned her USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and is a 5 star rider rating on She has trained and ridden horses through Grand Prix. Barbro has had a hand in developing the Equine Simulator and teaches instructors from all over the world on it at both the Tryon and Wellington Equestrian Centers

Jodi Lees is a USEF “S” Dressage Judge She has been competing for over 35 years and instructing for over 25 years. Jodi has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals and her students have received many of the USDF recognition medals. She owns and operates Rivers Edge Farms the in the Tryon, NC area.

Randi Thompson is the founder of Horse and Rider Awareness Educational Programs which include the Dressage Instructors. Randi has been coaching and certifying riding instructors in the horse world for over 25 years in horse and rider training, business and marketing. In the world of dressage, Randi has trained National and Regional USDF winners through Intermediate 1 and a USDF Silver Rider Award Medalist

The Dressage Instructors Seminar is limited to only 14 instructors. It is all inclusive and includes lodging at the Tryon International Equestrian Center for three nights, three breakfasts and three Dinners. Those who would like to stay longer to watch the Tryon Fall Dressage CDI 3* can make arrangements to stay longer.

For more information, call 831-596-4999.

– article submitted by Randi Thompson