At Breezing Hill Farm, we offer training of horses and riders in dressage and eventing. Owner Vanessa Craft has competed through the preliminary 3-Day in eventing, through 3rd level in dressage and earned her USDF Bronze medal with her thoroughbred gelding Get Out of Dodge.
Vanessa’s focus in training and teaching is to develop well-rounded horses and riders who communicate well with each other and are comfortable and confident in the riding arena, on the trails, or at a competition.
Achieving this requires work on horsemanship skills to improve communication, correct rider biomechanics to help students develop a strong position from which they can give the horse clear aids, and cross-training for both horse and rider.
Cross training for the horses involves work over cavelleti, work in the fields on rolling terrain and trail rides. We also use ground work, based on natural horsemanship ideas, to help our horses become softer in their responses to us, and to help them understand particular movements without a rider on their backs. A horse who is responsive and attentive to its handler on the ground will likely be responsive and attentive when being ridden.
The 25-acre farm has a 100’x200’ lighted sand arena with good drainage, a 4-acre field with a show jumping course, and a 5-acre field with beginner novice level cross-country jumps, including two ditches. There are extensive trails surrounding the farm, including access to an abandoned railroad bed for quiet hacks or fast gallops.
The three barns are designed in the shed-row style. Stalls are 14’x14’ with attached run-out pens which open to individual pastures. Turn-out is individualized for each horse’s needs. Many have access to their pastures 24 hours a day, while others have pasture access 12-14 hours a day.
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For more information contact Vanessa Craft in Oxford, NC at 919-691-1906 or email us.