Pleasure Horse Journal
PHJ: How do you describe your
Lynn: First, "Training Through Trust".
Another motto I use is Training the "LARK" Way. The word L.A.R.K.
really describes L for LOVE, A for ACCEPTANCE, R for RESPECT, K for
KINDNESS. This describes my passion for the horse, training & teaching
methods of any rider, in any disipline. The basis of our training and
teaching techniques are Dressage Principles. Dressage is my background
of training. I am also self-taught in western and hunt seat. It all
related to the natural responses a rider has to the natural habits of
PHJ: How is this accomplished?
Lynn: This is easily learned by an average
rider if he is focused to ride with balance, clear communication from
the riders seat, legs and hands, and maintains the goal that the horse
is to respond balanced, willingly, smoothly and happily. This focus
takes TIME and PRACTICE to learn! There are no short cuts or quick fixes
to learn these methods. The hardest thing to learn is using the seat
and legs as 80% control of the horse and the hands only 20%. Also imperative,
is understanding a balanced horse and how to read your horses responses
PHJ: What is your background?
Lynn: My backround is Dressage training.
I first learned this riding and showing in the 60's and 70's. Everything
I learned I would practice on my own quarter horses and relate this
to all my experience with the 4-H horse programs. The horse I learned
most of my training background on was half quarter horse and half saddlebred.
My instructor taught me on this horse for 6 years before she felt I
was good enough to compete and do exhibitions. This isnt because I was
a slow learner, she was a perfectionist! When I learned all of
the training steps to collection movements, canter and lead changes,
she schooled me on: one tempo, canter Pirouete, Half Passes, Passage,
Pieffe, and of course some fun tricks with horses!! This gave me the
basis of my training tecniques today. Dressage, means training. Training
the horse and rider to unite as one. Through humane and natural methods
that will apply to any breed of horse and any disipline of riding. I
have not created any new theory in training horses. I incorporate methods
used for century's and century's by the Europeans.
PHJ: You are obviously in this for the
Lynn: Yes, I feel that I have been exposed
to training methods, that your best young western riders are starting
to get the knowledge of. The old time stock horse trainers of the West
surely know these methods. Time is the most important factor to use
dressage principles with training horses. This will train a horse to
last and perform for his entire life! A great example, because everyone
knows Rugged Lark--He was performing at his best at 18 years old. Now
retired, by choise of the owner, I know not Rugged Lark!! Still at 18
he could have learned more!! Its my goal that longevity training is
used so the horse will happly perform in competition or general riding
for the rest of his life for his owner.
PHJ: What is your area of expertise?
Lynn: My area of expertise is training
an unbroke horse to a finished horse for competition with the above
methods plus extensive ground training to truely set good basics of
manners and obedience. For me, an expert learns to read the horses personality,
sensivity and temperment. This gives me vision as to the time and course
to train the horse as an individual using the dressage principles to
develope an all around horse. This all around horse in the western world
is a horse that performes in both western and hunt seat disciplines.
I also cross these methods with hunters/jumpers, cross country horses
and lower level dressage horses. It is great fun and pleasure to teach
riders these methods. Most everyone I work with in the western world
is excited and patient to learn to ride without jerking constantly on
the horses mouth, or spurring as a cue or punishment. They also have
a passion for the horse and want to work with him, not fight
PHJ: Do you have a favorite horse?
Lynn: The favorite horse I have trained
is of course, Rugged Lark. Now a close second, is one of his many get
I have ridden, a stallion that I own, My Royal Lark. Why? because they
have such willing minds and love to work. Along with a great attitude
in training, they have the athletic ability to do several diciplines.
This is fun for me. My Royal Lark is just beginning in the show ring
and I see a great future with him in competing and doing exhibitions.
PHJ: Is your program open to new students?
Lynn: I am very available to work with
news students. Both my husband, Cyril Pittion-Rossillon and I have many
established equestrian riding programs. They are attended by repeat
students every year and new ones join in. We work with all levels of
riders! The only requirement we have to teach a rider is that they have
a passion for horses and WANT to learn!
PHJ: Clue us in on which of your videos
are most helpful...
Lynn: You could visit my web site for the
information on my videos. They are all very popular. The 'Dressage Principles'
has sold very well! Just released at the AQHA World Show is the 3-part
series on 'Hunt Seat Equitation'. It is for the rider wanting to learn
to ride hunt seat, the rider who wants to advance is hunt seat riding,
and for the rider who wants to win more in the show ring! It covers
all levels of riders, as does all my videos.
PHJ: Thank you Lynn! We would like to hear
from you again sometime! [Her current contact number is Fox Grove
Farm 352-629-3310 phone/fax - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org]
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