Round of Applause

Contact me to schedule lessons or training and connect more deeply with your horse!

Thrilled to have been chosen!

I am so excited to have been chosen as one of 13 Qualifying Instructors for the Connection Training Certification Program. In addition, I joined the international Connection Training Team founded By Shawna Corrin Karrasch, Hannah Weston and Rachel Beddingfield in April 2017. The positive reinforcment resources available are life changing for people and horses and I can't wait to share them with you!

rider performance award

This award was really earned by Eclipse, the sweet chestnut horse in the picture at the top of the page. (I just happened to be the human recipient.) He came to us a very fearful horse with health issues and he continues to morph into a wonderful companion with the uses of positive reinforcment that started as clicker training. We couldn't be more proud of him and his accomplishments. Congrats Eclipse!

ARIA Instructor of the Month recognition (Article)

Stewardship Award

Melissa Deal, Nancy Piscopo, and Linda Hoover, left to right

Horse Therapeutic Horse Back Riding Center Many thanks to Nancy Piscopo of Prancing and the United States Refined Horsemanship Association (USRHA) for presenting me with the 2015 Kenneth R. Westcott Stewardship (of the horse) Award. Wendy Smithson of Southern Pines deserves much appreciation for hosting the lovely award luncheon. I am so grateful to be part of a group of people who are dedicated to providing enriching experiences for horses and their people. Their recognition is an honor that I humbly and gratefully accepted on behalf of all of the horses and people that made it possible.


Compassionate Equestrian Recognition

Dr. Allen Schoen and Susan Gordon

Dr. Allen Schoen and Ms. Susan Gordan authors of The Compassionate Equestrian book and founders the Compassionate Equestrian movement recognized Victory Land Dressage (VLD) as one of the very first Compassionate Equestrian barns. Coastal Carolina Compassionate Equestrians started meeting in the fall of 2015. The group meets monthly at a local venue to discuss how to apply and live the principles outlined in Dr. Schoen and Ms. Gordon's book and hosts a presentation or demo at each meeting that focuses on caring for horses and the equine community at large. Melissa also signed the Compassionate Equestrian Pledge in 2015 and the principles are posted in her barn area in hope of inspiring kindness and understanding in word and deed for all who see them. You can access the group via the Coastal Carolina Compassionate Equestrian Face Book page.



Sponsorships Awarded

Specializing in water/geothermal well and pump installation and repair.

Cape Fear Driling Services Services has awarded sponsorship for the year 2016 -2017 to support the mission of bringing connection, understanding and joy to women and horses. Melissa gratefully accepts this support and plans to use it responsibly to further the mission of Victory Land Dressage and Coastal Carolina Compassionate Equestrians!

Teena Barnett of Dyanetics

Team Building Dynamics is a coaching and consulting firm dedicated to improving the understanding and acceptance of another through the improvement of communication skills of people who work, volunteer, and live together. Victory Land Dressage is thrilled to have Teena and Dyanetics onboard as a sponsor. Teena is not only an excellent coach but she is a rider of reining horses as                                           well!


Teena W Barnett, MBA

Team Building Dynamics LLC

(720) 363-0097

Contact Us

Victory Land Dressage 

Burgaw, NC 28425


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. 


What's New?

The gatherings include meet and greet with tasty treats, heart felt discussions and demos and presentations by equine experts! You are warmly invited to the Coastal Carolina Compassionate Equestrian gatherings that are held the Wed evening of each month at 630 PM. Call or text 910-471-5445, or private message Melissa Deal on fb or request to join the group on fb.
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