Alexis Smith - Assistant
Nelson developed his skills and qualified as a trainer during the many years he spent in England and Germany as a youth and young man. He completed his initial certifications through the British Horse Society and from there went on to apprentice with and work for some of the most prominent horsemen in England and Germany of that time. Nelson maintains relationships with many of these foundational icons of out sport of Eventing.
Nelson emphasizes classical riding methods; that is, seeking to develop harmony between horse and rider, bringing out an individual style and technique to enhance balance, feel, and technical ability of the rider while simultaneously increasing obedience, balance, suppleness, and coordination in the horse. Nelson is an active competitor and coach, has competed up through Advanced level in Eventing, and is coaching riders through the CCI **** level. He has experience in course design and course building, and is especially gifted in starting young horses under saddle. His work takes him throughout the US and Canada but his primary focus is the Pacific Northwest and his students here.
Many of the youngsters who start their career with Nelson have gone on to qualify and compete in national and international competitions with Nelson as their coach, with several moving on to become professional riders and trainers. Adults who ride with Nelson successfully achieve their riding goals, whether it be through competition or through the joy of enhanced learning and perfecting of riding skills. Nelson inspires confidence, promotes independence, and honors the individuality of the horse and rider. He is an enthusiastic teacher, trainer, coach and friend.
Nelson oversees all training operations and strategies, and developing horses and riders for competition success or other worthy goals as established with clients.
Nelson Mittuch - Head Trainer
Alexis began her riding career in Westchester, New York in the 90's as a youngster involved in Eventing and Pony Club. Alexis works with beginning riders of all ages, teaching them about the importance of partnership with the horse and developing the ability to " stay in the moment' when we are with them. Alexis enjoys passing on knowledge and having her students learn about something she has great passion for. Alexis knows that riding benefits youngsters especially as a way to build confidence, create a strong work ethic and build value for life
Maggie balances a small teaching load with developing and riding her own horses, helping keep the farm running smoothly, and doing bodywork on horses at the farm and in the local area. Maggie has worked alongside Nelson for over two decades, and credits him with helping her develop her own skills and knowledge, which she passes on to her students. Maggie's equine bodywork practice and her own education in body movement gives her a unique eye for helping riders learn how their body works on the horse, and how to improve body awareness that leads to better balance and feel in the saddle.
Maggie Mittuch - Co Owner and Instructor