ABOUT THE TRAINERS
At Oak Hill Farm, we understand that the relationship between a rider and trainer is key to advancing the rider's skills and achieving success in the ring. We also understand that choosing your trainer is a personal matter and that these relationships are often very long term. Because of this, we welcome your instructor/trainer, licensed and insured in Massachusetts, to work with you at the farm.
These are some of the trainers who are currently working with our clients:
Leslie de Grandmaison
Leslie de Grandmaison has ridden and trained horses for more than 30 years. She brings a rich knowledge of horsemanship and training from studying with some of the world's best dressage masters and clinicians who were her guides in the pursuit of classical dressage. Leslie spent 3 years as Kathy Connelly's Chief Assistant providing intensive work at the FEI Levels and Long Lining. This opportunity, along with the years spent with Robert Hall and Joy Congdon, provide a strong foundation in training. Her training and instruction philosophy is systematic, emphasizing the harmony and teamwork of the horse and rider. She has a remarkable ability to explain movement and rider position issues in a manner that are easily understood, implemented, and remembered long after the lesson is over. Her fun, yet professional style creates a wonderful, stress-free learning environment. She is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist, a USDF "L" graduate with distinction, and British Horse Society Assistant Instructor Certified. For more detailed information regarding Leslie's training and instruction approach you are encouraged to visit her website saltboxfarmdressage.com.
Marty Sarandopolos has ridden and trained horses for over 30 years working with numerous world-renowned dressage trainers, including Kathy Connelly, Dottie Morkis, Gunnar Ustergaard and Volker Brommann. Her main focus is the harmony between the rider and horse, strictly adhering to the classical training of the horse. She works with a wide variety of breeds and enjoys creating a fun environment for both the horse and rider during training. She believes that the training of a horse and rider is a team effort and is always looking to encourage and enhance her students learning both on and off the horse.
Jayne Mount has over 20 years experience. She began competing within the All Around Events at Quarter Horse shows, including: western pleasure, horsemanship, hunter under saddle, equitation, trail, and showmanship. In 1993, she began specializing in Reining. She and her students have won countless awards in the National Reining Horse Association, North East Reining Horse Association, Connecticut Reining Horse Association, Connecticut Quarter Horse Association and The All American Quarter Horse Congress. Although Jayne specializes in Reining, she also enjoys working with clients and their horses in a variety of disciplines.