with Laura Gillmer
with Laura Gillmer
She provides a sequential training process so that both horse and rider can understand and achieve the fundamentals of classical dressage. Laura’s ultimate goal is to teach the principles of dressage training and riding so as to guide her students in a positive, compassionate, yet effective manner. She places great importance upon building confidence in both horse and rider and making sure that the learning experience is enjoyable and productive. Laura has successfully helped many riders move up the levels while simultaneously obtaining better partnerships with their horses. Laura values continuous learning and growth; she currently clinics with classical dressage trainer’s Barend Heilbron and Jennifer Marchand.
in a positive, compassionate manner building trust and respect for a harmonious partnership.
in both horse and rider, leading to a better experience and fewer injuries
promoting confidence and clear communication for both horse and rider
Laura Gillmer is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist as well as a licensed Massachusetts riding instructor. She is a graduate of the UMass Amherst Equine Industries program and was a rider on both the UMass Dressage and Equestrian Teams. During this time she trained with Advanced level eventer and FEI dressage rider, Jerry Schurink.
Upon her graduation, Laura was the assistant trainer to FEI trainer Harry Diel at Reindance Dressage. During her 4 year stay at Reindance, she gained significant experience starting young horses and successfully trained many of them to the upper levels. Laura furthered her training abilities with multiple FEI-level horses during her 3 years working as the assistant trainer and barn manager to nationally recognized Grand Prix trainer and competitor, Sharon McCusker of Souhegan Farm.
Laura started her freelance training business LG Dressage in 2014. At this time, she encountered one of her most challenging horses - a feral rescue pony - which proved to be an unexpected gift as a trainer and educator. In order to meet this most delicate training opportunity, Laura sought guidance from renowned horsemen Roddy Strang and Kris Kokal. They facilitated a deeper understanding of horse psychology and the value of groundwork as a tool for equine communication. She has gratefully incorporated this body of work with all of her clients in order to solidify the important foundation of mutual trust and respect.