This week I had the pleasure of riding in a lesson with Ashley Shaw.
Ashley and her mom, Jennifer Jarvis own and operate Galloping Springs Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas. Galloping Springs is a full service training and boarding facility with a brand new, beautiful covered arena.
Ashley is a USDF Silver Medalist who’s background includes working in Belgium for Johan and Penny Rockx. She’s also worked for Olympian Jan Ebeling in Moorpark, California.
On our lesson day, Ashley offered me the privilege of riding her 6 year old mare, Sally aka Super Sally. She was raised and trained from the start by Ashley herself and is a lovely example of her skill and ability as a trainer. She was delightful and fun to ride.
Ashley’s teaching style was smooth, descriptive and easy to follow. I give her bonus points for using a Cee Coach system, as the in ear speaker system makes listening and communicating during a coaching session effortless. I find trying to hear a trainer offering instruction from across an arena challenging to my over 50, former firearms instructor ears and for me, it distracts from the experience. I want to be perfectly present when I’m listening to a coach.
Riding young Sally was a treat, too. It’s obvious she has been started with great care and Ashley’s coaching was consistent and measured. She offered concise and clear instruction, using an easy to understand mix of guidance and encouragement to keep me on track and help me understand how best to interact with Sally at this stage in her training.
Galloping Springs Ranch is in the midst of a host of improvements, including the beautiful covered arena and new barn. The ranch is located in the Hill Country and also boasts an Airbnb for guests on the weekends.
If you are in the Austin or Dripping Springs, Texas area and looking for an opportunity to take dressage lessons, we recommend you take a look at Galloping Springs Ranch. If you lack your own unicorn, they offer lessons with their gentle, well trained and patient lesson horses.
They have it all on one scenic property complete with weekend lodging for those who just want to relax on a horse farm in a destination location. Dripping Springs is right outside Austin in the Hill Country of Texas.