"Dressage is considered the art of equestrian sport and is used as the groundwork for all other disciplines. It is the highest expression of horse training” - www.fei.org
After working with horses for more than 40 years, 30 of these as an active competitor and coach in several disciplines, Leslie knows that developing horsemanship is fundamental to the success of any rider. She is drawn to the sport of dressage for its ability to provide the foundation needed to excel in any riding discipline.
Working with adult amateur and junior competitors in Dressage, Three Day Eventing and Arabian Sporthorse, she has the distinction of coaching many riders to Provincial, Regional and National Championships over the past 25 years.
Leslie is an active volunteer for the sport she loves and has served on boards and committees of provincial and national dressage organizations. Twice Chef d'Equipe for the Western Team of the North American Junior Young Rider Championships, she currently holds this position for 2010. She also serves on the Youth High Performance Committee for Dressage Canada, and is on the executive of the BC Young Riders.
Devon Luca has been a dressage competitor since age 9 and has shown through the levels of Pony F.E.I., Childrens F.E.I and Junior F.E.I. dressage.
She has competed locally and in California with excellent results, achieving qualifying scores for Canadian Nationals and North American Junior Young Riders Championships on three different horses over the past four years.
Devon and equine partner, Jyl Sander, attended the North American JRYR Championships in Lexington Kentucky in July of 2009 where the Western Canadian Team rode to a 5th place finish. Devon was also named Dressage Canada's Red Scarf Equestrian Athlete in July of 2009.
Currently a full time college student, Devon is limiting her showing this season but is still training horses and coaching as her schedule allows.
Born and raised in the Lower Mainland of B.C Ashleigh was a long time competitor on the local horse scene winning numerous championships on the flat, over fences and in dressage. A certified Equine Canada Coach, Ashleigh is based in Phoenix Arizona where she operates Westwind South Dressage. Ashleigh gives regular clinics in Arizon, Michigan and B.C.
Ashleigh was Canada's first JR. F.E.I. Champion in 1999 and upon graduating high school in 2000 accompanied Canadian Olympian Leslie Reid to Germany as a working student where they trained with German Master Udo Lange and Canadian Olympian Christalot Boylen. In 2000/2001 Ashleigh accompanied Leslie on the California circuit and achieved qualifying scores for both the North American Young Rider Championships and the Pan American Games. Ashleigh now makes her home in Arizona and trains with U.S. Olympian Stephen Peters and his wife Grand Prix Competitor Shannon Peters.
Ashleigh comes home regularly to clinic at Westwind North. For clinic information please call.