About Barbara Strawson

Make the most of yourself....for that is all there is of you. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

USDF Gold Medalist - Active FEI Dressage Competitor - Training through Grand Prix - Dressage Instructor - Clinician for all USDF/FEI Levels

Barbara Strawson

Barbara Strawson, a USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalist, has trained and competed horses from USDF Training Level through FEI Grand Prix. Barbara brings over 30 years of experience to her business, Barbara Strawson LLC, which she began in 2005.

From 2001 to the end of 2004, Barbara trained in Germany with Nicole Uphoff, 4-time Olympic Gold Medalist. While in Germany, Barbara trained and competed through Grand Prix while riding as Nicole’s assistant. Previously, Barbara began her FEI career training with Scott Hassler, USEF National Young Horse Dressage Coach and was the Assistant trainer at Hilltop Farm in Colora, MD from 1990 to 2003.

Not only an experienced instructor and trainer, Barbara has authored several magazine articles, co-authored the book, My Riding Goals Journal, and contributed to Equestrian Instruction. Both books are dedicated to improving personal performance in riding and instruction methods. Further, Barbara is a Balimo™ Graduate Core Instructor and has begun the Mary Wanless teacher training courses.

Barbara's skills and sensitivity allow her to bring out the potential in a variety of horse types and personalities. In addition, her philosophy -that each client is an individual with a unique learning style - results in her ability to help each horse and client to connect to the power of their own potential.

Along the way in her career, Barbara received a lot of help, support, and inspiration from others. One of Barbara's goals is to return this generosity by finding ways to encourage and support others along the same path in addition to sharing the beauty of horses as a benefit to worthy causes. See a summary of Barbara's support of local community events.

Barbara has been blessed with horses in her life from the time she was three years old. "Horse people" know what an honor it is to have horses in your life. Horses are a source of friendship, inspiration, knowledge and growth. Having such a partnership with horses can be a most rewarding experience.

Barbara's Accomplishments

 

Awards

  • USDF Gold, Silver, Bronze Medalist
  • USDF Gold and Silver Musical Freestyle Bar
  • USDF Region 1 Outstanding Achievement in Dressage Competition at the FEI Levels
  • Selected by the GMOs of Region One for 2009
  • Most Elegant Rider Award 2008 and 2009: Awarded by the judges to the professional rider who 'has the best seat and position and the most effective aids, creating a picture of harmony'
  • Winslow Therapeutic Riding Unlimited Perpetual Trophy: 2009 Intermediare I High Score

High Scores

  • 76% with Amicelli in the Grand Prix Musical Freestyle, Dressage, By Chance? (2016)
  • 74% with Amicelli in the Grand Prix Musical Freestyle, Dressage, By Chance? (2015)
  • 75.5% with Ivan in the Intermediare I, Dressage at Heavenly Waters (2015)

BLM Championships

  • 2014 Grand Prix Musical Freestyle Reserve Champion riding Amicelli (owned by Barbara Strawson and Jennifer Foulon)
  • 2014 4th place, Grand Prix riding Amicelli (owned by Barbara Strawson and Jennifer Foulon)
  • 2013 Grand Prix Reserve Champion riding Amicelli (owned by Barbara Strawson and Jennifer Foulon)
  • 2013 Grand Prix Musical Freestyle Reserve Champion riding Amicelli (owned by Barbara Strawson and Jennifer Foulon)
  • 2010 Second Level Freestyle Reserve Champion riding Floete owned by Norma Lynn Fox
  • 2009 Intermediare 1 Champion riding Degas owned by Marianne Campano
  • 2009 Intermediare Freestyle Champion riding Degas owned by Marianne Campano
  • 2009 Prix St. George Reserve Champion riding Degas owned by Marianne Campano
  • 2008 Fourth Level Freestyle Champion riding Prosecco owned by Denise Rotko
  • 2005 Third Level Champion riding Prosecco owned by Denise Rotko
  • 2005 Second Level Champion riding Black Hawk owned by Sandy Holcomb

USDF/GAIG Region 1 Championships

  • 2014 3rd place, Grand Prix Musical Freestyle – riding Amicelli (owned by Barbara Strawson and Jennifer Foulon)
  • 2014 4th place, Grand Prix - riding Amicelli (owned by Barbara Strawson and Jennifer Foulon)
  • 2013 3rd place, Grand Prix - riding Amicelli (owned by Barbara Strawson and Jennifer Foulon)
  • 2013 4th place, Grand Prix Musical Freestyle - riding Amicelli (owned by Barbara Strawson and Jennifer Foulon)
  • 2010 Second Level Freestyle Reserve Champion - riding Floete owned by Norma Lynn Fox
  • 2009 Intermediare 1 Freestyle Champion - riding Degas owned by Marianne Campano
  • 2009 Prix St. George Reserve Champion - riding Degas owned by Marianne Campano
  • 2008 Prix St. George Reserve Champion - riding Degas owned by Marianne Campano
  • 2008 Fourth Level Freestyle Reserve Champion - riding Prosecco owned by Denise Rotko
  • USDF Dressage Finals
  • 2014 8th place, Grand Prix Musical Freestyle riding Amicelli (owned by Barbara Strawson and Jennifer Foulon)
  • 2013 9th place, Grand Prix - riding Amicelli (owned by Barbara Strawson and Jennifer Foulon)
  • 2013 7th place, Grand Prix Musical Freestyle - riding Amicelli (owned by Barbara Strawson and Jennifer Foulon)

Author

  • Co-authored "My Riding Goals Journal"
  • Contributed to "Equestrian Instruction"
  • "Achieve Your Goals", Dressage Today April 2008
  • "Create Balance Between the Aids", Dressage Today September 2004
  • Solutions page in Dressage Today, June 2003
  • Featured in "The Right Connection" by Sharon Biggs in Horse Illustrated, March 2005

TV/Media

  • 9 News Now, Interviewed by Andrea Rohn, June 2009
  • Channel 25 News, Interviewed by Mary King, June 2009
  • Horse Girl TV, Interviewed by Angelea Kelly Walkup May 2009
  • DressageNewsNetwork.com
  • Print
  • The Chronicle of the Horse 2009
  • Dressage Today, photograph of Barbara in the article, "Learn About the 2007 Test Changes".
 

Contact Barbara Strawson

Misty Gleann Training Facility

Barbara's training business is based at her facility, Misty Gleann, which is located at 12900 Lewisdale Road, in Clarksburg, MD 20871.  Get directions to Misty Gleann.