Balanced riding IS possible!
Instruction and training in the English disciplines of Dressage, Hunter/Jumper and Eventing.
Hi, my name is Cathy Schreiber and I provide riding instruction and training in the English disciplines of dressage, hunter/jumper and eventing here in Tucson, AZ. My approach to the art of riding focuses on helping you create the ultimate relationship with your horse by proper development of muscle, balance, coordination, relaxation and correct body use.
Through my decades of riding, showing, teaching and judging I have embraced the philosophies and tenets of such greats as:
Major Anders Lindgren
Susanne von Dietze
...and many more respected horse authorities and professionals.
British Horse Society Certified Instructor
USPC "A" Certification
PATH, Int'l Certified Instructor
Lake Erie College, BA Equestrian Science
Lessons and Training
Helping you achieve a higher quality of movement
My clients often come to me with one or more of these issues:
Tension or resistance
Horse drifting or inattentive
Position,balance and alignment
Ready to advance to next level in their discipline
Overreaction to aids or environment
Learning to ride or returning to riding
Changing disciplines or horses
Preparing to show
I am here to help you find solutions to these and other training roadblocks you may have.
Whether you ride for leisure or competition, are a beginner or a seasoned rider, the joy of the sport comes from learning and improving.
Better body = Better horse
What may be new and exciting for you is equine bodywork. Combining physical care and riding competency enhances the partnership with your horse. I offer training and therapy in the bodywork techniques of these pioneers:
Linda Tellington-Jones - TTouch
Peggy Cummings - Connected Riding
Jim Masterson - Masterson Method Bodywork
In 1998 I was honored to join Linda Tellington-Jones in providing bodywork in the Reiner Klimke clinic located at L.A. Equestrian Center.
Just a few consistently applied therapies can allow your horse to move with greater range of motion and improved
Give your horse the gift of well-being - and you a better ride!
The joy of riding is for anyone!
I was honored to be invited to practice TTouch with Linda Tellington-Jones at the 1986 Paralympics in Atlanta, GA. We provided calming bodywork for the horses whose riders had many varied physical challenges. On top of that, these paralympians were riding horses they had never see before the competition!
As an outgrowth of my Paralympics experience, I am currently a PATH, Int'l Certified Instructor. I teach part time with Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT) as well as private lessons for students with special needs.
This provides me the joy of teaching riders with physical and cognitive challenges while observing how horses provide healing.
“Balanced riding IS possible!”
“I have aspirations to event - it's on my bucket list! Cathy has helped me compete in my first recognized dressage show and we are working toward our first hunter/jumper show. Watusi and I are in excellent hands to achieve our goal.”
Anne Marie Wagner
“Cathy has a quiet, gentle way with kids and horses that makes them feel relaxed and happy to learn and to try new things. Riding lesson day is my daughter's favorite day of the week!”
Amanda Yanez on behalf of daughter, Janessa
“I am a partially disabled senior citizen and I trained with Cathy at TROT (Therapeutic Riding of Tucson) and on a private basis. Learning to ride and provide Masterson Method equine body work has helped increase my confidence. Cathy's patience, support and knowledge in teaching those of us with physical challenges helped me stretch my own limits and experience the profound world of horses.”
“Cathy is an excellent coach! She is able to describe corrections to my riding and new concepts in multiple ways that are easy to apply. The comfort of the horse is paramount to her and she expects correct and consistent riding from her students to facilitate confidence, progression and ability in the horse/rider team. I recommend Cathy to anyone looking for and accomplished, knowledgeable and respected trainer.”
"I've been riding in various English disciplines for more than 30 years, but I knew my skill level was nowhere near commensurate with my time in the saddle. A friend suggested Cathy and she gave me great tips on how to ride my less-than-forward Percheron/Paint cross, Frank. She also fitted him with a better saddle and now Frank and I are on the path to true classical riding."
“I am so lucky to have found Cathy Schreiber. I rode as a kid but that was 30 years ago! Cathy ensures that the lessons are at my pace but she also pushes me to improve and expand my skills. I went from a complete dressage novice to successfully competing in local schooling shows. Every lesson is a blast and a fantastic experience.”
"Cathy taught me to be patient with horses and myself, and provided me with one of the most beautiful riding foundations. I easily transitioned to hunter/jumper after riding dressage with Cathy for eight years."
“Cathy's concern for my safety and that of the horse is an enormous comfort to me. Her calm and even temperament creates an environment that benefits the development and relationship of both horse and rider.”
Dan Friste, DDS
“Before I met Cathy I had no knowledge of horses and was a little intimidated by their size! With Cathy's patience and support over the last five years, I not only now own my own horse, Jazzy, but recently received the USDF Century Ride Award - recognition for riding a dressage test in which the horse and rider's combined ages equals 100 or more. Proof that it's never too late to learn to ride! I also learned the Masterson Method of equine bodywork that has impoved 30 year old Jazzy's quality of life.”
“Wow! This is a blast!"
Have a Question? Here’s an Answer
Services, Fees and Locations
What are your fees for riding lessons?
I offer lessons on all breeds of horses in the English disciplines of dressage, hunter/jumper and eventing. The standard 45 minute private lesson is $65. A package of 5 lessons is $300. I also have school horses available if you don't have your own horse. There may be an additional fee depending on location and horse. Contact me for more info.
What are fees for horse training?
Fees vary depending on location and time spent. If you would like more information please call, text or send an email.
Do you offer clinics?
Yes. I can arrange clinics in any of the English disciplines or equine bodywork. My fees vary depending on the number in the clinic, location and what type of format your group desires. Contact me for a quote.
Where are you located?
I am located in Tucson, AZ and teach and train at these stables:
Bel Air Stables
Contact me if you wish to train out of another location or your own ranch.
What are your fees for equine bodywork?
Fees for individual sessions of equine bodywork vary depending on location and needs. I also provide instruction on bodywork techniques and offer workshops and clinics. Contact me for a quote.
What other services do you offer?
Saddle fitting consultation
Coaching at shows
Contact me for more information
What kind of training do you take, yourself?
I have been so fortunate to have trained with so many great instructors. Besides the ones already mentioned, I have taken instruction from local trainers Pat Baker-Shirah, Scarlett Fahrenson and Ellie Stine-Masek. I've also ridden in clinics with Julie Leiken, Janet Peters and Carla Symader, to mention a few.
I believe all riders must enhance their skills and continue to learn. Our horses are happier and more physically capable with a balanced rider. After all, even olympians have coaches!
For myself, this also means Pilates, weight training, Alexander Technique, chiropractic care and, of course, ballroom and country dancing!
My horse, Caspian
Client's Haflinger, Bridey
Jazzy and Christine's Century Ride
My now retired horse, Otto
Leila riding Flash
24 year old Holsteiner, Caspian
30 y.o., Jazzy after her Century Ride
Me, back in the day
Riding in a clinic