HORSES IN HARMONY
A boutique training program designed to access horses mentally and physically through a well rounded application of gymnastics and biomechanics resulting in confident, willing, and successful partnerships - both in and out of the show ring.
Rachel Ory is a lifelong horsewoman dedicated to the best horse practices that she has gathered over the decades. She spent the first ten years of her career riding reining horses and starting colts with Tom Pierson, who coached Rachel to many victories in the NRHA reining arena, and remans one of her closest mentors. Rachel took a year off of her practice in 2019 to work for Frank Barnett. There, she learned another perspective on starting young horses and gained classical dressage experience on a wide range of horses. Rachel still studies with Frank on her personal horses on a regular basis. Her most recent achievements have been with her AQHA mare, Jagalicious, a 2x AQHA Stakes World Champion, 3x WDAA World Champion, and USDF Silver Medal recipient. Rachel’s skill set is robust and is not confined to a single discipline; its all about finding what works best for each individual horse and rider.
Rachel’s training practice is designed to access horses mentally and physically through a well rounded application of gymnastics and biomechanics. She works to locate areas of resistance within the horse and chooses exercises to help dissolve those resistances. Horses learn the footwork that they need to know in order to transition and turn easily without leaning, and how to yield correctly to the riders aids. All things that a well broke horse is expected to take care of for its rider, but should never be taken for granted. She specializes in finishing horses for classical and western dressage, ranch riding and reining while staying true to what is best and most natural for the horse, unaffected by the latest styles or trends. Developing horses in a time tested and harmonious way is what drives her practice.
LESSONS & COACHING
It takes a confident leader to ride successfully. Rachel teaches the feel, timing and balance that it takes to communicate effectively with your horse. Rachel teaches with depth to help you understand WHY you’re doing things a certain way with your horse. Her goal is not to make you reliant on her, but to get you thinking for yourself, creating the confidence that you need to be a leader for your horse. A harmonious relationship with your horse at any level is cultivated through solid, consistent practice. If you have the dedication, Rachel can help you hone the confidence and skill that it takes to form a willing, balanced partnership.
JAGALICIOUS, 2014 AQHA MARE, AVAILABLE FOR LEASE
Thoughtfully trained and shown thru FEI Prix St Georges / WDAA Level 5
Veronica has plenty of class and presence in the show ring while being a willing, quiet, and steady ride with plenty of feel. She is a lovely mover and you’d never guess that she is a nine year old Quarter Horse (15 hands tall) after watching her move! She resides at Mardanza Farms in Micanopy, FL just 25 minutes from WEC. Show her at USDF and/or WDAA. Lease includes coaching and lessons from Rachel Ory, who has owned and trained Veronica from the start. This is a fantastic opportunity to improve your skills as a dressage or western dressage rider on a mare that is not only classy and well produced, but quiet and safe to ride. Veronica helped Rachel earn her USDF Silver Medal, she is a 2x AQHA World Show Stakes Champion and 3x WDAA World Show Champion. Veronica would be suitable for a serious rider at any level who is looking to refine their skills.
KITTY HAWK, 2016 KWPN MARE
Kitty Hawk is a very special mare that I am currently developing through third level. I have shown her at Level 2 western dressage with some impressive initial scores, now we are working on consistency and building trust and relaxation. Her training includes hacking around the farm and the use of poles and cavaletti to refine her transitions and balance. She is a lovely mover and at 15 hands she is very rideable, she has the movement without the size of a typical warmblood! She is sired by German Warmblood Quaterback and out of a KWPN Keur mare by Idocus.
Ellen Crews Hudgins
“Rachel Ory is a multi-talented rider and trainer who is committed to the horse as well as the student. What I love the most about Rachel is that she is a lifelong learner, always striving to gain more knowledge about training the horse. I purchased my 10-year-old AQHA, Mr Coldspring Nic, from Rachel three years ago. I never dreamed I would be showing in regional USDF shows and two AQHA World Shows. This year we have embraced western dressage in addition to classical dressage. Rachel trained Nic to be a well-rounded solid citizen. Thanks, Rachel for bringing Nic into my life.”