My name is Yvonne Berkhout and I am a
Dressage trainer. I welcome students of any age and level of riding.
Whether you are riding a different discipline and want to switch
to dressage or you are looking for an instructor to get you more
seriously into dressage; I will be happy to help you reach your goal.
To show my commitment to being the best instructor that I can be,
I took the American Riding Instructor Certification exam in May
of 2006. I passed the highest level of testing by teaching dressage
lessons on video and taking 3 written exams. The video exams were
watched by 6 different judges from all over the USA.
Over the past ten years, I have worked and trained with many
successful people in the horse business in New York, Florida,
California, Australia, Germany, England and The Netherlands.
My experience ranges from farm- and breeding manager to dressage
judge, trainer and instructor.
I have showed several horses in 2004 and 2005, ranging
from Training level to Second level, placing well into
the high 60’s.
I believe in solid bio mechanics in a rider and therefore
I encourage lunge seat lessons with my students.
Doing balancing exercises and working on a correct body
position of the student are crucial components of creating
harmony between horse and rider. Working your horse
in different frames, using bending and flexion as a training
tool, will improve your horse’s suppleness through
the body. When you keep rhythm, impulsion and
engagement a priority at all times, your road
to success has been paved.
Heather Ots and Eloise
(owned by Yvonne Berkhout)
Memorable accomplishments are not just my own but also my
students. I took one of my junior riders to the USDF Regional Championships in 2005 in Ohio. She placed 5th in the Junior
Riders Finals in Training level with 65%.
Performing at Fairs and exhibitions is one of my
favorite things to do; There is nothing like showing
off your horse to music and in costume with an
excited crowd. I have showed side saddle and
You may have seen me with Neapolitano Delana,
a.k.a. Zeus, in our musical freestyle.