Annemieke Buis is a freelance trainer specializing in classical dressage and natural horsemanship with over 17 years of experience in numerous disciplines including eventing, hunter/jumpers, fox-hunting, trail, driving, and dressage. She taught a series of international Master Classes on dressage, horsemanship, and equine bodywork in 2020 sponsored by Fundación Tequendama Horse Connection in both English and Spanish. She completed an internship in equine-therapy and trained rescue horses at a natural horsemanship farm near Mérida, México. She founded the riding school at Red-Wing Meadow Farm in Christiana, TN, where she taught horsemanship and riding lessons, directed summer camps, hosted dressage clinics, and trained horses for 7 years.
Now Annemieke is living in Central Kentucky, where she is growing her business as a freelance instructor and trainer. Her training is informed by a BS in psychology and further education in equine neurophysiology, equine myofascial kinetic lines, rider biomechanics, equine laterality, and evidence-based bridle and saddle fit. Annemieke Buis takes a holistic approach on horse training that focuses on meeting the physical and emotional needs of both horse and rider, to enable the mutual trust and respect necessary to meet training objectives. She combines techniques from several disciplines, especially natural horsemanship and classical dressage to allow the horse to thrive in mind and body and develop communication to cue and accentuate their natural movements. In addition to offering lessons and training in the saddle, Annemieke always starts the lesson/training session with fetching the horse from the pasture or stall, grooming, and tacking up (if applicable), because the "training" does not exist in isolation, and even professional riders can unintentionally create tension and problems in themselves and their horses before the ride even begins. Training involves every moment spent with the horse. One of her strengths is working with anxious horses, in identifying the source of anxiety, validating it, and then resolving it using gentleness, mindfulness, and positive leadership. She employs bodywork, groundwork, classical in-hand work, lunging, liberty training, and under saddle work in almost every session to facilitate human and equine learning through many modalities. Annemieke also has abundant experience training in hunter-jumper and eventing disciplines, using the fundamentals of dressage as the foundation for over-fences work to ensure proper balance and subtle, yet clear communication. Many of her clients are also western pleasure and trail riders, as the fundamentals of classical dressage improve the health and happiness of all horses, no matter their lifestyle. She also offers therapeutic horsemanship and horseback riding lessons, which are lessons that are adjusted to meet the needs of people with physical or mental health challenges or disabilities. While therapeutic lessons are not therapy, learning to connect with and work with horses is naturally and scientifically shown to have healing benefits for the mind and body, and can be achieved by anyone! Annemieke is committed to providing accessible lessons to all levels in both English and Spanish, in person and virtually.
Annemieke currently travels around central and northern Kentucky to teach lessons and train horses, and nationwide to teach clinics. She also teaches trailer-in lessons at Queenslake Farm in Georgetown, KY, which has indoor and outdoor arenas, trails, a round pen, and more!