Kimberly Mitchell Dressage

14do05 Read Oso Grande 1CEB0009.jpgKimberly Mitchell is an FEI dressage trainer operating out of Cedar Meadow Farm in Snohomish, WA.  She is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist and is currently schooling her non-traditional dressage horse, Oso Grande (Teddy Bear), at Grand Prix.  She trains regularly with Alyssa Pitts and has participated in clinics and symposiums with Anne Gribbons, Sabine Schut-Kery, Barbara Koot, Scott Hassler, Janet Foy and Charlotte Dujardin.

Kim has an interesting background in teaching, having graduated with her Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Willamette University in 2008.  She spent a short period of time working in public schools in Oregon before moving back home to Washington.  She realized that while she enjoyed teaching, working in the schools wasn’t necessarily where her passion lay – so she interned to become a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor and eventually an Advanced Instructor, and worked at a local therapeutic riding center.  This varied background gives her more insight into working with different riding styles and types of riders. As a result, she is extremely flexible and adaptive and very happy to work with challenges – both with the rider and the horse.

As a trainer and instructor, Kim takes each horse and rider as an individual. She has experience with a wide variety of breeds and training issues and strives to create a better partnership between horse and rider.  Kim believes that all horses can benefit from dressage and welcomes all levels!

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American Quarter Horse

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HISTORY & ORIGINS: The American Quarter Horse is, in part, uniquely tied to the history of the United States. The breed was first developed in early 17th Century Colonial America. Early colonists bred select horses of Arabian, Turk, and Barb descent that had been previously brought to the New World with those breeds then arriving from England and Ireland. The eventual result was strong, heavily muscled, and compact horse suited to both farm work and colonist-favored short-distance races. As pioneers pushed westward in the 1800s, however, the American Quarter Horse gained new respect. With keen cow sense (or ability to outmaneuver cattle) and a calm disposition, the breed quickly became the preferred companion on the vast cattle ranches that developed across the plains. Today, the American Quarter Horse is known as the world’s most popular breed and is favored for nearly every facet of farm life, competition, show, and recreation.

SIZE: Stands 14.3 to 16.1 hands (57.2″ to 64.4″) high.

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The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), which was formed in 1940, recognizes 13 colors. The most prominent color is sorrel (reddish brown). Other colors include bay, black, brown, buckskin, chestnut, dun, red dun, gray (what most people call “white”), grullo, palomino, red roan and blue roan. American Quarter Horses are also only allowed limited white markings on the face and below the knees. These markings may be of a variety of shapes, including stockings, stars, strips, and blazes. However, no American Quarter Horse may have white spots or patches anywhere other than the face or cannon.

PHYSICAL APPEARANCE:

Though compact with a short body and head, American Quarter Horses are defined by their heavily muscled body, powerful shoulders and hindquarters, and strong, sturdy legs. Their heads are finely chiseled and of a flat profile with a wide forehead.

TEMPERAMENT:

American Quarter Horses are generally calm and docile. They are also highly intelligent; however, most are easily trained, handled, and kept. Because of their gentle and steady demeanor, the breed is an ideal family horse and well suited for the beginning rider.

UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS:

The American Quarter Horse is a unique combination of speed and strength. However, when combined with their gentle nature and versatility as both a work and pleasure horse, it is easy to see why the breed has gained such worldwide popularity. From the ranch to the show ring to the trail, American Quarter Horses continually please both spectator and rider with their sure-footed gait, agility, comfortable mount, and willingness to please.

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