Erin Freedman, Resident Jumping and Eventing Trainer

 

Erin has a very impressive resume, crossing over multiple disciplines. She is an FEI trainer and competitor in three day eventing and dressage and has spent a significant part of her career training young horses in various disciplines. She has her USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals and is a three star rider in eventing. Erin is a graduate  “B” level pony clubber and one of the only Americans to go through the Young Riders Program in both dressage and eventing (2002 CCI** team gold).

Erin has competed 7 horses at the FEI levels in dressage several of which she trained from youngsters. She also trained her current CCI*** horse, Viola, from age 3. Some of her career highlights include winning her first CCI* and CCI** as well completing at the Bromont CCI***. Erin is currently competing two full bred connemara ponies bred by Pam Liddell at the FEI levels in Dressage and just coming off a win at Dressage at Devon. Another fun accolade is that Erin was in the top 20 of the Extreme Mustang Makeover (where she had 100 days to get a mustang from the wild into the show ring). 

Erin has had the privilege of training under some great mentors. From 2010-2011, She rode and worked for Ingrid Klimke in Germany also receiving lessons from Herr Paul Stecken, the renowned coach of Dr. Reiner Klimke.  Erin’s time in Germany is where she learned first-hand about the importance of cavalletti work in every discipline as well as valuable training techniques and standards she uses in her program. In 2015-2016, Erin rode and worked for Boyd Martin and trained with Silva Martin. Erin also trains under Olympians Stephen Bradley, clinics with Lars Petersen, and has regular lessons with Scott Hassler.

Her system of training horses of all disciplines, backgrounds, breeds and ages is based on good horsemanship and cross training. She believes in making horses happy and wanting to work together with their rider. She loves to teach Cavaletti and gymnastics lessons. Erin moved to the Maryland area this year from PA and is excited to help out new clients and their horses! While she will not be giving dressage lessons at the farm, she will be our principal jumping and gymnastics trainer. Additionally, she welcomes the opportunity to work with younger or, within reason, “naughty” horses. Please contact her at ebfreedman@gmail.com and 703-585-7669 if you would like more information.