"At six years old Melissa A. Landwersiek started riding with her trainers on Long Island, and as been on horseback ever since. She started competing in the Hunter and Dressage ring throughout her childhood and though her desire to ride could have been viewed as a faze of a younger girl, she knew her love for the sport and animal would lead her to her occupation when obtaining her first training job at thirteen years old. Since relocating to South Florida in 2002, she has been working in the equine industry as a barn and program manager as well as a horse training & riding instructor.
Melissa specializes in Hunters (under saddle and over fences), Equitation, Jumpers, Basic Dressage, and seat manipulating and versatility to obtain seat balance & fluidity. She excels in providing horse owners with the skills they need to get the most enjoyment from their equine friend whether on the ground or under saddle. With her lesson program she has been successful in providing her students with professional instruction and has brought them to be accomplished, confident equestrians. She is an expert who focuses on the individual needs of owners and non horse owners of all ages. Melissa provides riding lessons at the home facility in Palm City but also can provide training on the go as she will travel to your facility."
I strive for the best, and train to meet higher standards. While training with me and my horses, you will learn and feel what is correct. I take a lot of pride in owning lesson horses that are calm, gentle, quiet and very experienced with riders of all ages, from beginners to advanced!
Along with preparing for the show ring, I also work problem cases with any breed and discipline. A lot of my background in which I associate in all my training is the understanding of the cognitive function of the flight animal we know as the horse. I teach my students & clients how they think, how they understand, and how the have been designed to act on instinctual design. I feel the smaller the communication barrier between our horses and ourselves, the safer life we will live with our horses.
My profession ranges from working with young horses at tasks as simple as halter breaking and teaching ground manners to ensure maximum safety for horse and owner, through diligently training horse to be top competitors in the show ring. I will never turn down a student or horse owner who is looking to better their individual equestrianism or to acquire a better trained horse. Safety for horse and rider is my top concern; Establishing knowledge and understanding the cognitive function of the animal is the number one objective. Second would be the physical conditioning of the horse to assure comfort and to ensure the ability for utmost performance.
From ponies to draft horses to Warmbloods and all sport horses, with passion driven determination no task is insurmountable! As a horse lover I have learned and experienced that with a diligent mindset, dreams do come true! I specialize in Hunters / Jumpers, and basic Dressage but the over all goal of every horse and student I work with is to gain trust and understanding while informing the horse and rider of their job and assist in acquiring the knowledge and physical conditioning to be able to achieve peak performance.