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M.S., Equine Physiology, 1999 Clemson University, Clemson SC
B.S., Animal Science, 1995 University of North Carolina State, Raleigh NC
Minor, Ag Business Management, 1995 University of North Carolina State, Raleigh NC
Pre-Veterinary Curriculum, 1995 University of North Carolina State, Raleigh NC
Equine Emphasis Curriculum, 1995 University of North Carolina State, Raleigh NC
Connection Training Positive Reinforcement, all courses, 2016
Certification: American Riding Instructor Certification, 1999 Dressage, Hunt Seat, Western
Endeavors include, but are not limited to: American Riding Instructor's Association (ARIA) Certified Riding Instructor since 1999 in Dressage, Stock Seat and Hunt Seat; Freelance Riding Instructor and Clinician; Lucky Braids Grooming Products Sales; United States Refined Horsemanship Association (USRHA) Founding Board Member/Approved Judge/Clinician; Instructor at multiple College/Universities (mounted and un-mounted equine classes); Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Riding Team Coach; Collegiate Judging Team Coach; Professional Groom and Rider for former Olympian.
Often, we find that it is we who need the relationship with horses as much or as more than they need us. Sometimes, horses can be our strongest connection to our own soul. Other times we find that they help us connect with the souls of other like minded people, our tribe, or perhaps I should say our herd?
I am grateful for relationships with horses and the people who love them. They have taught me far more than I could have ever imagined and enriched this experience we call life beyond my greatest expectations. So I express my gratitude not only to the those listed below, but also to every horse and person who has shared their journey with me. For without them, I would have learned little and helped few.
The list below is certainly not all inclusive. However, each person therein shared their knowledge and experience, and in doing so provided valuable insight. For this, they have my respect, gratitude and admiration.
We appreciate your interest in honoring your horse and thank you for taking the time to visit our site. I strongly believe that the rider/handler is the person who makes a horse's life worth living, and I am dedicated to making sure that riders have the knowledge and skills they need to provide the quality of life that every horse deserves. Additionally, it is equally important that each of you experiences the trust and affection that is possible in your equine partnerships. Further, it is my privilege to be able to offer relationship building opportunities for women and their horses in low stress learning environments. My passion for teaching, and riding, and my desire to learn so that I can help others is unquenchable!
If you are like minded in regards to developing yourself and your horse, I encourage you! Keep seeking. Keep listening to your horse and to those who produce the results that you seek in a manner that benefits the horse. You can learn how to determine and provide what your horse craves and become the source of his comfort to a degree that you may not have even imagined.
To learn optimally, it is often said that a mentor is the key. It is my goal to be a mentor for thinking riders, who are keenly aware of their horse's every thought and feeling. For it is you, dear rider, who must sit on your horse in the end, and you upon whom he depends daily for sound leadership. So take heart, have faith in your abilities and take your relationship and your riding to new levels this day and every day. And remember, every moment is an opportunity for victory.
Victory Land Dressage and Refined Riding, Melissa Deal, Wilmington NC Burgaw NC
Email us to schedule your first session with Melissa at your farm or ours and experience how to bond more intimately with your horse (money back guarantee on your first session, if not completely satisfied). We can provide a horse at our facility for some learning experiences) depending on your goals.