Lessons

The correct and classical training of horse and rider is fundamental in dressage, and shows are a great way to test your abilities and get outside feedback on the effectiveness of your training program. Although we are not a "show barn", we encourage clients to give showing a try when they are ready. We have so much fun at shows that most people are hooked right away! From local schooling shows to rated dressage shows, from regional championships to world championships! We travel to nearby venues such as the Kentucky Horse Park, Virginia Horse Park, Chattahoochee Hills and many others. The team at Runaway Farms will help you navigate the showing waters in a fun and stress-free environment. We work with you every step of the way; from the preparation at home, traveling arrangements and accommodations, horse management and care away from home, coaching, riding, test calling and moral support! If you've ever wanted to try showing, but just felt too intimidated, come join us and you will see just how fun showing can be when you're part of the Runaway Farms Team!

Melissa McKenzie offers Classical Dressage and balanced seat lessons for those new to the sport as well as more advanced riders. Whether you are aiming for the show ring or just for a better partnership with your horse, proper equitation is the foundation for every rider. Lessons focus on the correct development of the rider's classical seat through traditional exercises as well as centered riding methods and techniques. Through the correct application of the aids from a balanced position, communication with the horse becomes clear and the athletic development of the horse can be achieved. Riders are challenged to work hard, but an atmosphere of respect and understanding is always emphasized. Lessons in horse handling, barn management and groundwork are also available by request.


Private and semi-private lessons at Runaway Farms are scheduled on an individual basis and lessons or clinics off the farm, at your home or stable, may also be arranged depending on availability. All new students must sign a Liability Release and adhere to our Lesson Guidelines. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can sign for them. Riders are required to wear a helmet during lessons, and must be enthusiastic and willing to learn!


Please call or text Melissa at (865)603-4846 or email us for more information or to set up a tour or lesson time.

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