Yvette's background is in dressage and combined training. But the early days consisted of over 10 years competing on the hunter circuit in the Mid-Atlantic region as well as New England. Over the last 15 years Yvette has developed her lesson program to instill confidence, balance and correct use of the body and it's parts so the horse and rider can achieve a harmonious relationship regardless of the discipline of choice. Yvette's students are given the opportunity to explore different riding styles all in order to aid in making the student, not only an effective rider but a well rounded horseman. One of Yvette's many satisfactions as an instructor is when her students achieve those "Aha" moments and the lightbulb goes on. When she finally finds a metaphor that works and the rider and/or horse, "gets it", is very gratifying.
Riding instructor and camp director at River Run Farm
20 years of teaching private and small group lessons in balance seat, combined training and dressage.
Yvette emphasizes a strong foundation in balance seat, safety, and harmony between horse and rider while building confidence and enabling the student to successfully compete at their desired discipline.
Other experiences include racing and training Thoroughbred race horses, equine therapist, organized and headed up the Cypress Pony Pals, Horseman's Bookkeeper at Atlantic City Race Course, Horsemen's rep at Garden State Park and ACRC, Racing Official at Sam Houston Race Park.
Successfully owned and operated a boarding, training, lessons and breeding facility, Sneak Away Stable, in Mays Landing, NJ. for many years.
Yvette attended Averett College in Danville, Va and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Equine Management and Business Administration. While attending college, Yvette was captain of the Averett College Equestrian Team as well as cliniced with some of the greats such as Tad Coffin, Riener Klempke, and Charles Dekumffy. After establishing Sneak Away Stables, in Mays Landing, NJ, Yvette spent several years riding under the tutelage of Richard Ulman. Some of Mr Ulman's accomplishments can be found here: