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Angela Ridgway Dressage: 

        Creating independent, thinking riders.

Angela on Legacy
Angela on Legacy.
I believe in a quiet, subtle approach to training.
For the horse: I focus on throughness of the back, elasticity of the joints, and purity of the gaits. Gradually increased engagement -- through transitions within and between the gaits and in the lateral movements -- build flexibility and strength. The process brings the horse to collection.

For the rider: I emphasize a functional and influential position based on balance and independence of the aids. Riding the horse with the seat and leg aids into elastic arms and hands brings the horse "to the bridle" in self-carriage.
  • Teaching dressage students since 1990
  • Training horses through Grand Prix.
  • USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist.
  • USDF Certified Instructor.
  • 2014 USDF All Breeds Award, USPRE Intermediate I Open (on Faralay II)
  • 2013 California Dressage Society (CDS) Championship Top Ten Open Prix Saint George (on Faralay II)
  • 2012 USDF All Breeds Award, USPRE Open Third Level Champion (on Faralay II)
  • 2012 California Dressage Society (CDS) Championship Top Ten Open Third Level (on Faralay II)
  • 2012 Golden State March Madness Open High Percentage, Upper Level (on Faralay II)
  • 2012 US PRE Association California High Point Grand Champions (on Faralay II)
  • 2011 CDS-East Bay Chapter Open Third Level High Point Award (on Faralay II)
  • 2010 United States PRE Association Riders’ Scholarship, Professional Level
  • 2007 Reserve Champion, USDF Region 7 Championships, Intermediare I. (on Legacy)
  • 2006 Swedish Warm Blood (SWANA) Intermediare Freestyle Champion. (on Legacy)
  • 2006 CDS-East Bay Chapter FEI Open Champion. (on Legacy)
  • 2006 USDF Region 7 Championships, Third Place Intermediare I. (on Legacy)
  • 2005 CDS-East Bay Chapter 2nd Level Open Champion. (on Far Niente)
Bette on Magic, 1st Level Test 3 & 4 1st Place
Bette Brockman on her horse Magic Light at La Jolla. She took 1st place at both 1st Level Test 3 & 4.
Well done!
Angela on Comus
Angela on Comus (owned by Bob Attiyeh).
Current Education:

  Early Education:

  • Working student for Karen Fitzgerald in Washington State, 5 years.
  • Student of Michael Beining of Germany, 3 years.
  • Apprentice to Rachel Saavedra, 2 years.
  • 8 years of ballet instruction

Jane and CricketJane teaching
Jane Weatherwax (and Cricket) teaching a clinic at La Jolla Equestrian Center. Besides being a wonderful clinician, Jane is an internationally qualified judge, and it's always nice to hear her perspective.

Angela and Rachel at 2007 Championship Awards Ceremony
Rachel Saavedra on Robello and Angela on Legacy (owned by Helen Dilworth) at the 2007 Championships Awards Ceremony, Woodside Horse Park, Woodside CA. Rachel is a USDF faculty member, well established FEI rider/trainer, and mentor to many professionals in the region.

Angela with Steffen
Angela on Legacy, Magic Light, and Faralay II in clinics with U.S. Equestrian Team member, and Olympian, Steffen Peters.

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