Wildwood Horsemanship Short Courses July through September

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We are scheduling more dates this summer and fall for our Wildwood Horsemanship Short Courses. It has been rewarding and such fun to be able to give one-on-one coaching to just 2 to 4 students at a time.  Locals or out of towners are all welcome. Bring your horse and stay with us for a week of total immersion in …

Wildwood Horsemanship Short Courses in June

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We know many of you are anxious to get back to horse shows and/or clinics so we are offering you an alternative.  We have enjoyed staying at home working with our own horses and would like to invite 2 – 4 people at a time to join us for a week of comprehensive and detailed work with your horse along …

Wildwood Horsemanship Short Courses in May

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Announcing additional dates for our Wildwood Horsemanship Short Courses! We have had a nice response so have added two weeks in May to our 2020 schedule so far. Riders may come one or both weeks: May 11-16 and 18-23. In these short courses we will teach and help you practice the fundamental principles of horsemanship that are universal to every …

Making a Difference in Martin

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With frigid temperatures outside, the large heated indoor arena at University of Tennessee in Martin was a welcome surprise and made a huge difference to everyone’s comfort level. Robyn and I, along with friends Steve Thaemert and Jamie Caton, arrived at the campus with temperatures registering 15 degrees. We had driven my car so were able to pile in extra …

Soggy but Successful in Seattle

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Robyn Miller and I just returned from a three day clinic at the Rock Meadow Equestrian Center in Sammamish near Seattle, Washington. The clinic was organized by owner, Stephen DeRham, who has a wonderful heritage in the equestrian world.  His mother, Glenna, a lifelong friend of George Morris, won the Maclay Finals and the Junior Hunter Championship at Madison Square …

Wildwood Horsemanship Short Courses

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In an effort to expand our message of good horsemanship through correct groundwork and flatwork, we plan to offer one or two week sessions throughout the year in addition to Robyn Miller’s Wednesday workshops. These intense comprehensive programs will allow participants to totally immerse themselves in learning from the ground up. Sessions can be repeated as often as desired. Riders …

Hello Horsemanship

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Happy Thanksgiving holidays to everyone! I apologize for getting behind on my blogs but we  have been busy launching our Horsemanship program at Wildwood with Robyn Miller and Steve Thaemert.  Robyn and Steve have been teaching workshops once a week on the farm while  Robyn and I  have taken our program on the road this year.  We are trying out …

My Clinic in Tryon, North Carolina.

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  The Chronicle of the Horse published a great review of my clinic in Tryon. Click https://www.chronofhorse.com/article/be-their-place-of-peace-a-clinic-with-melanie-smith-taylor        

Finally… Gold on home soil!

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The USA had never won Gold at the World Equestrian Games since they began in 1990.  USA had won Silver in 2006 and Bronze in 2014, but the Gold Medal had eluded them until Friday.  McLain Ward, Laura Kraut, Devin Ryan, and Adrienne Sternlicht brought it home with their wonderful group of horses: Clinta, Zeremonie, Eddie Blue, and Christalline respectively.  …