Southern Hope Animal Rescue & Education
Dressage (and balanced groundwork) is the basis for all equestrian sports. From the leisurely trail rider to the most fierce 3-day eventer or barrel racer, you strive for a well-balanced, rhythmic ride where horse and rider are completely in tune to one another. It will improve any round over fences and save your seat more times than you'd like to admit. Dressage is simply the art of training your horse to it's fullest potential.
What is it called while one learns the art of Dressage? Balanced seat riding. It can be done in any saddle and any discipline, and even from the ground! At SHARE we strive to educate riders to have soft hands, supple seats, and effective legs. Whether all you want to do is walk along the trail or one day compete, allow our fantastic instructors help you open your mind and get there. Janessa and Kizuri are avid Dressage lovers who consider the whole horse approach. Riders of ALL ages and skill levels are accepted at SHARE. We can't wait to share our knowledge with you!
We are a volunteer driven program and all fees are tax exempt. We offer private lessons, leases, trailer-ins for lessons, Teeny Tiny Pony Club, various summer camps and other fun events through out the whole year!
Our lesson program, and the trusted ponies in it, are the heart and soul of our organization. Our instructors are dedicated to molding future horseman. Children, and adults alike, will learn about the importance of good horsemanship, mindful handling skills and get saddle time. We recommend weekly lessons for the advancement of the student but can tailor a program to suit your needs. In the event of inclement weather, we offer inside lessons to encompass many tasks in the barn from in-depth horse handling skills to mucking stalls to cleaning tack.
The lessons are $40 per session. The sessions last at least one hour. Lessons fees are due at time of the lesson.
Cancellations require 24 hours notice without payment expected. In severe weather, you can choose to forego the lesson and the missed lesson will be credited. In the event our instructors have to cancel, the missed lesson will be credited.
Meet Our Instructors
Janessa Lockwood, the President of our organization, has 30 years of experience in the equine industry. Growing up in a hunter/ jumper atmosphere, she switched disciplines and now has over a decade of Dressage experience. More recently her relational horsemanship approach allows her to ask the horse why and allow them to express themselves so that we get the best version of the horse. She emphasizes good horsemanship, correct horse care, mindful handling and matching riders with appropriate horses. And most importantly to go at the horses individual learning pace. All of this combined helps her guide horses and riders of all ages and disciplines.
Kizuri Lamper began riding at a young age as a member of the Outer Banks Pony Club where she was given a wonderful introduction to proper horse management. Years later, Kizuri graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Equine Science from Averett University. While a student there, she rode on the school’s Intercollegiate dressage, hunter-jumper, and equitation teams. Additionally, she earned two German rider performance medals while studying abroad with Averett’s riding program. As a professional, Kizuri has worn many hats: she trained hunter-jumpers and taught riding and horsemanship lessons to students of all ages while living in New Mexico after college, cared for a motley crew of horses, donkeys, goats, and sheep at an animal sanctuary, and most recently returned to North Carolina to apprentice for a dressage trainer in central NC before moving back home to the coast. Kizuri hopes to bring the skills and knowledge she has learned thus far to her students at SHARE and looks forward to continuing her own education along the way. There is always more to learn!
Karin Seabrook has always loved horses and teaching children, so she’s thrilled to be able to do both! She is certified as a youth instructor through the Swedish Riding Association and taught beginner lessons throughout high school. She also taught riding lessons in Austria, before she arrived in the US. The military allowed her to live in many states, where she got to experience different riding disciplines and expand her knowledge of horse care (everything from hunter barns in Virginia to cattle ranches in Texas). At an overseas tour, she taught beginning riders of all ages at a Japanese/American riding school in Okinawa. Karin is currently finishing her degree as a an Exceptional Student Teacher. She especially enjoys working with the younger students and students with varying abilities. She believes that horses can be very therapeutic and loves watching children blossom and reach their full potential in the saddle.