Stacey Porter, the head trainer at SP Dressage, believes all horses and riders can benefit from dressage instruction and strives to build a solid foundation of basics for all of her students to ensure success as they move up through the levels.
Stacey has ridden with amazing clinicians such as Conrad Schumacher, Kathy Connelly, Dolly Hannon and Christine Traurig. It is important to Stacey to continue to further her own education in order to keep herself, her horses, and her students moving forward.
Stacey has participated in the USDF L Program and has her USDF bronze and silver medals. She and her students have successfully shown at local, regional, and national horse shows.
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Stacey believes that dressage training can help riders in every discipline. Whether you are a hunter, an eventer, a jumper, or a true dressage enthusiast, Stacey can help you reach your riding goals by establishing a solid dressage foundation.
Alex has been around horses and dressage her entire life. Being “the trainer's kid,” she was on a horse before she could walk, always choosing dressage over other sports.
Over the years, Alex has ridden with world-renowned trainers, including Conrad Schumacher, and audited other clinicians, such as Uwe Steiner, Kathy Connely, and Gunnar Østergaard. In 2010, at 14 years old, she was the USDF Region 4 Dressage Seat Equitation Semi-Finals 14-18 Year-Old Champion and went on to receive 6th Place at the national finals. She received her USDF bronze medal at 17 and has shown successfully at local, regional, and national horse shows through third level.
After high school, Alex continued riding but choose to focus on her studies. She attended Drake University where she had the opportunity to partake in multiple conferences presenting and editing original works on gender and law. She successfully completed her honors thesis, graduating early and with honors in 2017.
Alex continues to further her dressage education today by working with Stacey Porter, aka Mom, as Stacey’s working student and assistant trainer. She is getting to flex her grooming muscles and is hard at work training her Trakehner gelding, Redford, as they gear up for competitions and clinics – including a clinic with Olympic bronze medalist Laura Graves in October!