Horsemanship is a dying art. Many young professionals today are lovers of riding, competition, training and teaching without being lovers of the horse. Horsemanship starts with honoring the horse - his strengths, weaknesses, habits, nature, experiences, anxieties and joys. From there, a training and management program can be developed that leads to a harmonious partnership. This commitment to the horse has driven Nicole DelGiorno's approach to educating dressage riders of all ages. With the belief that empathy is at the core of mastery, she strives to foster a curiosity and love of the horse that will allow her students to navigate any obstacle they may encounter. Her good-humored attitude, knowledge of classical dressage principles and genuine passion for the horse set Nicole apart from her peers. So if you are looking for a change, looking to enjoy riding again or looking for something you can't find, try horse-friendly dressage.
Nicole is a USDF gold medalist, Young Rider graduate, 4-time NAJYRC medalist and board member of The Dressage Foundation. She began riding at an early age, learning the basics of horse management and sport through the United States Pony Club. She began focusing on dressage at age 12, competing in dressage seat equitation, where she placed among the top five in the nation. She went on to become one of the first in the U.S. to compete in the FEI Pony division and has been a strong advocate for ponies in dressage.
Nicole competed three horses at the FEI Junior and Young Rider levels, most notably Lamborghini Dane with whom she won two individual gold medals at the North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) and was ranked among the top 12 in the country from 2009-2012. In her last year as a young rider, she was one of four selected by The Dressage Foundation to participate in the Olympic Dream Program, a highly selective program that takes young riders throughout Europe to learn from some of the best riders in the world, including Hubertus Schmidt, Klaus Balkenhol, Monica Theodorescu and Morten Thomsen.
After graduating from the young rider program, Nicole spent half a year in Madrid, Spain as a rider for the world famous P.R.E. breeding farm, Yeguada Susaeta. There she learned the fundamentals of starting young horses and working with breeding stallions. Upon graduating from the University of Richmond with a degree in International Business and Marketing, she took a position with the U.S. Young Rider coach and USDF President, George Williams. She completed the requirements of the USDF gold medal (recognizing proficiency through Grand Prix) on the highly competitive Wellington circuit.
Nicole is currently based in Boyds, MD and competing her own young horse, Hide, whom she nurtured from a gangly three-year-old to one of the top young horses in the country. Throughout her career, Nicole has been fortunate to learn from some of the best horsemen in the world including Nancy Polozker, Rick Klaassen, George Williams, Lendon Gray, Steffen Peters, Scott Hassler, Robert Dover and Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel. She is a contributor to Dressage Today magazine, proud board member of The Dressage Foundation and enthusiastically donates her time in support of youth riding programs like Dressage4Kids, NAJYRC and the United States Pony Club.
Lessons and coaching sessions are $65. Clinics are $65/ride with a commitment of 8 riders. Travel expenses may apply.
Discounted rates available for pony club and youth-only clinics!
Please contact Nicole for more information on extended training packages.
"Thanks so much, Nicole, for your amazing training and help with my young horse we couldn't do it without you!!!"
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