The Short Story…..
Nicole is a lifelong horse lover whose love and passion for “all things horsey” have led her down a path of exploration, education and a pursuit of excellence. She has earned her United States Dressage Federation Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals, is a USDF “L” graduate with Distinction and is a USDF Certified Instructor Training through First Level. Having been involved with the USDF Continuing Education Programs throughout her career she plans to continue to test for the Second Level Certification(2014) and Third/Fourth Level Certification when a testing is available.
The Long Story…….
Nicole brings years of experience from multiple disciplines to her training programs. She began riding at age four and was a competitive Western rider showing in Western Pleasure and Barrel Racing until the age of ten when a family moved to Plymouth, Minnesota. The move led her to Fortuna Farms, home of renowned trainer, founder of Mid-America Dressage and Combined Training Association (MACTA) and founding member of the American Trakehner Associaton(ATA) Max VonBleucher. There Nicole learned in the German Riding school style and began training for three day eventing getting her first horse at age 11 and competing with that horse and a second horse to the Preliminary Division before another move brought her to Hunters and Jumpers and Dressage with Jane Schweiger and Fred Kahn of White Fox Farm in Olathe, Kansas. There she was able to clinic with such great trainers as Laurie Falvo Doyle, Tom Poulin and Chris Kappler.
As a young adult Nicole moved to Boulder, Colorado and was again very fortunate to come under the tutelage of Dressage trainer Sarah Martin of Autumn Hill Farm (now at www.sarahmartindressage.com in Southern Colorado) and was able to become a professional rider and teacher with her help and the help of Julie Barringer Richers. Through Sarah, Nicole was able to study with Kathy Connelly, Carol Lavell, Axel Steiner, Janet Foy, Hilda Gurney and many other wonderful instructors. Through their wisdom, guidance and experience Nicole was able to form her own business and continued her career with the support of Meg and Chad Bishop at Full Moon Farm in Boulder where she resided, trained and taught a large junior and adult amateur program before moving back to her Kansas roots in 1999. After a brief hiatus, Nicole returned to teaching and training full time out of the small Kansas town of Fort Scott and with a strong partnership with Klarmond Trakehners of Baldwin City, KS and backing from private customer Melinda Waldrop she was able to come to California in 2002 to study with Hilda Gurney and bring several young horses along for sale while working towards her silver and gold medal aboard Melinda’s Danish Warmblood gelding Fuji.
After achieving those goals in 2004 Nicole went on to form a partnership with Delta Farms in Camarillo operating a high-end Sport Horse Sales Barn. She then went on to lease, manage and train out of Canada Larga Stables in Ventura, California for five years until meeting husband, Brad Price(www.bradpricehorses.com) in 2010. She now resides in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley and maintains her training, sales, showing, lesson and clinic business catering to clients from many different locales at Price Ranch, Inc.
Nicole continues her education with USDF educational programs, symposiums, forums as well as attending regular riding clinics with masters from Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Germany and other U.S. based trainers and riders. She has shown for the past twenty years in Eventing, H/J and Dressage specializing in Dressage in 1990 and in the last five years in the USDF/USEF rated Dressage Shows, IFSHA/IALHA rated shows, AHA Shows, and for fun in team penning, team sorting, the reining division, reining cowhorse(on her mule!) and has shown in the breed shows in everything from Dressage Hack to Hunt Seat to Western Pleasure with National Titles as well. She has presented Stallions and Mares to almost every Warmblood Breed Registry including the high scoring stallion and mare for the Holsteiner Verband in 2003/2004 and most recently rode the Champion of Champions at the Fiesta of the Spanish Horse in 2009, the Andalusian Stallion Margarito V for Rancho Jalisco of Fontana, California.
In 2009 Nicole had the honor of riding Glen and Deni Bator’s (www.batorinternational.com) Beake fan de Boppe de Slus to the IFSHA Region 10 In-Hand Championship, Hunt Seat Reserve Champion, Western Pleasure Reserve Champion, Dressage Show Hack Reserve Champion. Nationally in 2009 he was the IFSHA Horse of the Year Reserve Champion Hunt Seat Horse, 4th in Dressage Show Hack and 5th in Western Pleasure after many Championship and Reserve Champion titles throughout the show year as well as finishing fifth for Second Level Dressage Horses after attending only two shows(66 & 67% at 2ndlevel test 3 and 4) and finished 10th overall for hightpoint all-around pure bred Friesian horses competing in all disciplines in 2009 Nationally. He was also the high point Friesian at the Fiesta of the Spanish Horse.
Moving to the Santa Ynez Valley in 2010 has been a blessing and Nicole has enjoyed competing in Dressage and Ranch Sorting and is excited to now be a part of the new sport of Western Dressage. Welcoming the addition of the young Lusitano stallion, Esbelto CL, owned by Terry Chastain, will be an exciting adventure as he is starting under saddle in the fall of 2012. In addition to their regular training program Nicole and Brad have hosted dozens of clinics including Pilates for Dressage with Janice Dulak and Sarah Martin, Teaching the Rider to Feel with Sarah Martin, Brad Price Horsemanship and Cattle Working clinics, and regular clinics with Olympian Jan Ebeling. Nicole and her husband Brad are committed to building the best horses through their combined skills and years of experience and providing their clients the tools, support and knowledge to meet their goals.
USDF Bronze, Silver, Gold Medalist
USDF “L” Graduate, with Distinction
USDF Certified Instructor / Trainer
WDAA Train the Trainers Graduate
WDAA Advanced Train the Trainer’s Graduate
Dressage, Training, Lessons, Sales
Training through FEI for horses and their riders
Promoting & Standing Stallions
All Breeds Welcome
Baroque Horse Specialist