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Discover Horse Dressage with Classicus Farm

Saturday 27th April 2024 — 8:00am to 5:00pm

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Join us on a day trip to Classicus Farm to discover French horse dressage!

Learn more about the French classical riding tradition on our day trip to Classicus Farm. This event will include a visit to Classicus Farm with a presentation on French horse dressage by its passionate owner Linda, as well as a picnic-style lunch.

Classicus Farm is located at 1630 Chapman Landing Rd.

The bus drive is estimated to be 2,5 hours one way. We will be meeting in DC at 8:00 AM and you should be back in DC at around 5:00 PM. Transportation and lunch is included with your ticket. We will provide more details on the meeting point later.

About Classicus Farm

Nestled at the foot of the Massanutten Mountain and flanked by the Shenandoah River in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the farm is conveniently located 15 minutes from Interstate 81.

The entrance is lined with a tunnel of Sugar Maple trees to welcome you to the magic of Classicus Farm. The farm offers an indoor arena that is 200’ x 66’ and eight 12 x 12 stalls. A most unique structure, the barn and house are under the same roof.

Meet Linda

Having studied under Dominique Barbier who was a student of Nuno Oliveira, Linda’s philosophy and methodology adheres with the French and Portuguese school of classical riding. She believes the classic dressage training methods to be for the good of the horse no matter what equestrian discipline one chooses to pursue. For example, she has trained many world class endurance horses in classical dressage and found it to be most effective in their performances.

Linda has competed minimally in FEI Dressage but finds training for the therapeutic value as well as the artistic value to be most important to her. She has done many performances for entertainment and hosted many events at her barn showcasing the art and beauty of classical dressage.

In her 25+ years of commitment to “lightness” in training and riding, Linda has realized that to attain the magical connection that we all search for requires us to engage our most powerful tool, our heart. When we feel positive emotions such as appreciation, kindness, compassion, and love for the horse, the horse will reflect that positive energy from our heart and both the person and horse will then synchronize, a true connection.

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