Old Oak Farm is the zebra in a herd of horses when compared to the typical show barn. We specialize in more individualized lesson plans and training programs that are able to fit the specific needs of our diverse cliental. Our trainer Denise Phillips has a background that consists of riding and training hunters, jumpers and equitation horses. During her competitive years she qualified for IHSA Nationals at Kenyon College and as an adult trained with Pamela Graham (hunters and jumpers), Jen Nadalin (hunters and jumpers) and Leslie McDonald (dressage).
Denise's teaching philosophy involves designing a system based on how riders learn best and has evolved into really helping her students "learn to feel" and develop problem solving skills thus enabling them to ride any kind of horse. Working with many different horses and lots of young and green horses requires solid basics that can then be adapted to each unique horse and rider combination.
We have a very developed system for working with many different types of horses and riders. We teach clients how to bring out the best in their horses through consistent, thoughtful riding, and good barn management skills. Her teaching methods can best be described as giving the riders the basic tools they need to get the most out of their horse. As horse and rider progress, she equips the rider with more tools, and the knowledge to put those tools to work.
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