Augusta Lord is a USDF Bronze medalist currently based out of Amherst, Massachusetts. She has competed successfully in several disciplines, including hunter/jumpers, equitation, show jumping, dressage, and gymkhana. After several years of competing her self-trained thoroughbred, Augusta relocated to Wellington, Florida to train under Olympic medalist and dressage legend Dottie Morkis.
While in Wellington, Augusta was a working student for Endel Ots and Caroline Roffman and groomed for USDF President George Williams at Betsy Juliano’s Havensafe Farm. Since then she has moved back to Massachusetts and trained with Sharon McCusker, Bill Warren, and Bill McMullin. She earned her USDF Bronze medal on Sovangs Lima in 2014, placing first in every class they entered with the exception of two second place finishes.
Currently Augusta trains full time with Grand Prix rider Brenna Kucinski on Solstice, a Holsteiner gelding owned by top U.S. dressage breeder Broadfields 121. She is finishing her final semester at University of Masschusetts, Amherst and is a licensed instructor teaching lower level dressage to a variety of students as well as a college equitation course at University of Massachusetts.. Augusta has a keen eye for good horse and rider partnerships and brings a lot of natural talent to the table in riding and teaching.
Here are a few training tips to keep in mind when you are schooling your horse:
If you use spurs, make sure you only use them at the moment you are asking, you don’t want your spur to be hitting your horse’s side with every stride.
Below is a picture of a spur that is a good choice for beginner riders.
Here is another training tip:
You want to achieve a steady rein connection and even contact with your horse’s mouth. This is an example of developing good communication with your horse. Your horse chewing the bit and a moist mouth are good signs of elastic contact.
I love going to the CDS Southern Junior State Championships in Los Angeles. It brings back memories when I had qualified a junior rider for 4 seasons there. We had so much fun and met so many nice people. Everyone there helped anyone who was in need of something, great camaraderie.
I enjoyed working with the junior riders and adults too, but now I have my new website http://www.dressageforjuniors.com that I am very busy with. So much to do! Below are a few pics that I took at the Championships that I would like to share.
This young rider above was getting ready to go in for her FEI test. Beautiful rider, really enjoyed watching her and her lovely horse.
Some of the teams wore different colors to represent their teams when they competed. Very cute.