There many things that I have accomplished last year that I could write about, but I am choosing to write about my stepdaughter Amber Smigel. She is truly an amazing person and an accomplished FEI Dressage trainer and rider. Last month at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Los Angeles California, she earned her Gold Medal in her first attempts at the Grand Prix level on her Hanoverian horse “Dow Jone’s”.
What makes this a great accomplishment is that she has owned “Dow Jones” since he was two months old. She broke him and trained him to the top level of dressage earning her gold medal.
Amber purchased “Dow Jones” from a Hanoverian breeder in North Carolina when she was 18 years old. At the time, “Dow Jones” was a two-month-old foal. Patience is the key to Amber’s success. She patiently began doing the necessary groundwork and waiting for Dow to mature, Amber backed him at age 4 she likes to give horses a chance to grow up, before she starts serious work under saddle. All of her training comes from a classical, conservative background that always follows the six most important aspects of dressage: rhythm, suppleness, contact/connection, impulsion, straightness, and collection. Without this, you cannot achieve the back to front connection that dressage riders try to obtain. Dressage is a lifelong education. Amber is grateful for the enjoyment of training horses from the beginning groundwork to Grand Prix. She has had the opportunity to experience this more than once and it is fantastic!”
Amber’s plans for the upcoming season include coaching sessions with Mary Kehoe and clinics with the world-renowned Conrad Schumacher to continue furthering her education. It is this education that she shares with her students and clients while helping them to achieve their goals. She will be campaigning Dow Jones and his full brother Dijon in the upcoming season. In addition, Amber will be attending both open and Arabian shows with her clients. Please visit www.ambersmigeldressage.com or click on her photo to learn more about Amber.