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Melodye Linn

Training Influences

Michael Beining Jerry Schwartz
David Diwispelaere Col. Axel Steiner
Carol Grant Hokan Thorn
Magnus Hamilton Nicole Uphoff
Manfred Lewis Henke Van Bergen
Alexa Schulten-Baumer Margaret Wohl

Operate a training/teaching/breeding facility in Northern Virginia.  Continue riding instruction with clinicians such as Gerhard Politz & Nicole Uphoff.  Attend USDF National Trainer Symposium. Begin serving as Educational Committee Chairman for the Mid-Atlantic Hanoverian Breeding Society.  Continue our sport horse breeding program.

Operated a training/teaching/breeding facility in Northern Virginia.  Co-trained one of our four year olds for Dressage at Devon where he was pinned Champion in the Materiale class with a score of 75.9%. Participated in USDF/VADA-Nova clinic with Gerhard Politz.

Freelance dressage training & instruction in Chester County, Pa while nursing my husband through three surgeries to correct broken leg.

Trained five, three-year-old Dutch Warmbloods at Iron Spring Farm. Trained and exhibited Par Favour (RampalxTB) at Dressage at Devon where he was pinned Champion in the three and four year-old colt and geldings under saddle class. Made contacts and trip to Sweden, Denmark and Holland where dressage horses were selected and imported for clients. Trained and managed these horses upon their arrival in the U.S.

Employed by private farms in Unionville, PA where responsibilities included training and management of numerous Warmbloods, medium level through Grand Prix.

Operated 20 stall training facility in North Carolina. After one year of training, Heather Kimsey (working student) and her horse, Simply Smashing were BLM Champions at first level.

Apprenticeship with Hokan Thorn responsible for all aspects of care for up to 24 horses in training. Interfaces with vets, farriers, and owners. Rode up to eight horses per day, green through Grand Prix. Instructed clients on their horses, and coached at horse shows.

Apprenticeship with Manfred Lewis. Responsible for all aspects of care for up to 12 horses in training. Rode numerous young horses.

Director of dressage instruction at Victoria Station Farm, a sixty stall facility outside of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Schooled the Grand Prix movements on Asterix, an imported Hanoverian trained at Warendorf and exhibited at Aachen, and Parvenue Two, and imported Wesphalen that competed in the USET selections for the 1996 Olympic Games.

Intensive Dressage & Jumping training. Purchased young horse, trained and exhibited him to Prix St. George. Began riding horses for others, started breeding Warmblood horses.

Prior to 1985
Professional ballet dancer. Long time student of John Kriza, American Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director. Mr. Kriza remains primary inspiration & influence as an instructor. Danced in ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty & the Nutcracker, and in musical theatre productions such as West Side Story. Performed with dance groups such as The American Ballet Theatre, The Stuttgart Ballet, & the Chicago Lyric Opera. Between 1980-1985 studied and performed with Lirena Branitski who emigrated from the USSR where she had been a soloist with the Kiev Ballet. Taught many ballet students, some that went on to dance in companies such as The Joffrey Ballet, The American Ballet Theatre, The San Francisco Ballet, & The Boston Ballet.


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