Conrad Schumacher Visits Quailhurst

in Around the Farm,Blog

Conrad, Deborah, Verona, and the entire Quailhurst staff

During his U.S. teaching tour, world renowned Dressage Trainer Conrad Schumacher made a stop to Quailhurst Stable. Considered one of the few “Masters” of the sport, it was more than an honor to have him work privately with our horses.

Deborah has been a regular student of Conrad’s for the past six years, traveling from locations throughout the state of Washington with multiple horses. It has been a dream to work with him on an extended basis, not just for a 3 day clinic, so when he offered to come the dream was fulfilled. The original intention was to work with Tjinja, Deborah’s top competition horse, but due to her passing the rides were filled by her offspring and Deborah’s former young horse returning to work following her foaling.

“It was bitter sweet,” Deborah said. “The reason he offered was to be sure I understood correctly what he was conveying all these years and wanted to see TJ’s improvements. We lost the mare but we gained an even greater respect for this man.”

Following the few training days at Quailhurst, Conrad and Deborah headed north to Starr Valley Farm in Longbranch, WA, then on to Pupmpkin Farm in Snohomish, WA, where Conrad is a regular.  After three locations and three horses and a total of 21 rides, they have returned home with an experience of a lifetime.

“Conrad is quite simply one of the nicest people I have encountered. He loves the horses, loves to teach, and genuinely is there to make the sport better. This was proof that not only at Disneyland, but here in the Northwest, dreams do come true.”

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