‘SRF sport horses is a state of the art training team with individualized programs for not only horses, but for riders as well. Shelley and Karel are experts at matching horses to riders. Last year Captive Melody had no training at all but was safe for me while I started here at University of Florida. In less than 12 months we have competed at the USDF Regional championships and have earned an invitation to the USDF dressage Finals in Lexington Kentucky!’
In the dressage world, it can be surprisingly rare to find an individual who can both train a horse to the FEI level and teach riders. Whether you are an aspiring FEI rider competing at Grand Prix or just an amateur wishing to be the best you can, Shelley can guide you toward your goal. She will be honest with you in regards to your horse’s abilities and will work with those abilities for maximum outcome. She is safety minded and has the welfare of the horse in mind. The atmosphere is one of “no drama” just serious work towards your goals. You will learn “hows” and “whys” of the training pyramid and apply them to your daily workouts. Plan to work hard mentally and physically, then relax and reward yourself and your horse with a pleasant trail ride to cool down and digest the day’s work.
Karen Wolfsheimer DVM
I know when I come to train with Shelley, her horses will not have any holes in their training. She is methodical and does not skip steps when teaching her horses OR her riders. She makes the learning fun for horses and students alike, explaining in a way that is easy to understand and follow. She is patient with her horses and with her riders and brings the best out of both. Her training facility is top notch, neat, orderly and her horses are very well cared for in every way.
Kim Jones – Para rider
My riding and, most importantly, my confidence in my ability to ride effectively, have improved 100% with Shelly’s excellent instruction and gentle nudging to go beyond what I thought possible. She is one of those rare people who can both train and instruct! She has an incredibly balanced program for both training and instruction that includes not just arena work but trail riding and working your horse on varying terrain. I feel strongly that this approach helps to build confidence and a super working relationship between the rider and horse.
Shelly also has a great eye for horses and helped me pick out the perfect one!
Lessons with Shelley may consist of work in the round pen, the dressage arena or an exciting canter across wide open fields. They are never boring, always informative and you will come away loving your horse. Shelley is a charming, lady with vast equine knowledge and experience who derives as much pleasure from your advancement as you do
Sandy Werner – Castlekeep Farm
“Working with Shelley is top of the line in all aspects. She allows the horses to succeed to the best of their ability with a tailor-fit training program and always positive attitude.”
Annette Costello – Fawn Hollow Farm
“Shelley and Karel run a World class operation. I searched long and hard knowing that if I wanted to realize my dreams of riding Grand Prix on a PRE I would not have the luxury of choosing the wrong horse or trainer. You only have to look at the horse that she selected for me in Spain, Icaro XXIV. She will take you and your horse all the way…and you will have a great time doing it. When we horse around, we’re serious!”