New & Exciting

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Welcome to our blog, where will keep all of our friends and followers updated on the many exciting things we have going!

We are very excited to announce that Top International Dressage Trainer Dennis Callin will be at the barn Feb 8-9. We have limited spots for riders and very limited auditing. Contact Anita if interested!!

We have recently sold a Morocco colt named Splash to a new but close friend, who will continue in training with Anita. We couldn’t have asked for a more kind and fun client to join our family!

We are in the process of scouting for new horses to bring onto the training team, and are planning out our upcoming show season. We are certainly going to be a strong presence at shows this year, with plans to bring even Morocco into the ring for USDF-BC shows (in-hand). We also may compete in the get-of-sire classes, since we now have 3 resident Morocco off-spring, including a recently purchased 3 1/2 year gelding who definitely shows off his father’s good looks.

We are also having an Open House/Benefit in the works. We will be doing mini-symposiums all day, focusing on Sport Horse culture. There will be demonstrations on showing  in-hand, a brief talk on ideal conformation, a few clinic rides available with Anita, yoga for equestrians and much more. There will be a small donation requested at the door to benefit a local horse rescue, and a canine rescue will have dogs available for adoption. Of course refreshments will be offered!

We will soon be setting a date for our importing meeting, and will be sure to update when we go to press with our release.

Hope all is well with everyone! Remember, thin layers and barn work is the confirmed best cure for the winter chills!


Our RMDS Spotlight Article

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Anita Williams & Eagle Eyrie Sporthorses
Enter at A Laughing: For Real

By Danielle Neumann

Anita Williams, owner of Eagle Eyrie Sporthorses, is teaching more classical dressage lessons these days to the thrill of dressage students on the Western Slope. Anita is perhaps best known for showing her award winning stallion Morocco, taking him herself from training level to successful CDI competitions. She has shared knowledge and theories on multiple occasions with many famous equestrians such as Steffen Peters, Nicole Uphoff, and Isabel Werth. Anita is now dispensing that expertise like brain-candy at her mountaintop facility in Eagle, Colorado.

We all know that wonderful trainers don’t necessarily make the best instructors. A gift for verbal explanation is not vital to a horse, but it is to a rider. How many times have we entered the ring with shaking hands and little beads of sweat, intimidated by the impressive resumes, only to find that we not only didn’t relax through the entire lesson but we also didn’t learn much worth retaining? This is hardly the case with Anita, as her enthusiastic students will confirm. I personally have a high level of anxiety when riding with new instructors, and I found that Anita made me laugh more than I ever had in a lesson.

“Back to the basics! Relax your hips, flow with the horse, good – now stop and LAUGH! Really LAUGH! This is supposed to be fun!” She is the first instructor who told me to relax my jaw and release some of that nervous tension in my face. Anita really focuses her energy on staying tuned into her lessons, giving students uninterrupted one-on-one time. She prides herself on paying attention to the tiniest details and providing a solid foundation for any rider.

Anita’s wealth of knowledge never seems to overwhelm her students and clients. She may introduce multiple new theories, but she takes the time to ensure that her explanations are making sense so she isn’t just producing “robot riders” who don’t understand how to apply different concepts to different situations. This proves incredibly beneficial in so many, uncountable ways. Anita seems to approach teaching the same way she approaches training her horses. She takes her students to their highest possible potential by increasing the difficulty of the lessons at the appropriate time, which is a true talent.

Anita’s stable is one with unlimited possibilities for the serious student. Dressage beginners may start off riding a Thoroughbred or general school horse, but as the riding ability increases mounts are available to keep you moving up through the levels, literally from training level to Grand Prix. There truly are no boundaries or roadblocks when it comes to training at Eagle Eyrie, and what is more motivating to a knowledge-thirsty equestrian than that?

Vail Valley’s Only International Trainer Will Import Your Dream Horse!

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Ta-da! Our Importing Press Release!

Starting in early 2010 clients will have the option of traveling with Anita and her stable manager to Spain, Holland, or Germany in search of the horses they dreamed of as children. Europe has the oldest, purest bloodlines in the world, making their horses a true treasure. Importing to improve the quality of American horses has long been a passion of serious equestrians, and now the program is open to people who aren’t necessarily equestrians… yet. You don’t have to already be a horseman or horsewoman to participate in the program- it is designed for the amateur crowd or even those who haven’t ridden before.

Clients will enjoy a relaxing vacation while touring some of the oldest stables in the world, which breed Andalusians, Friesians, and Hanoverians. Andalusians are known for their stunning movement and long elegant manes, and even the World Famous Lippizan Show by Lashinsky keeps one or two Andalusians in the “cast” to delight audiences on every continent. Friesians are perhaps best known as the jet-black horses of medieval knights, and also stun with their natural elegance and impressive presence. Hanoverians are often the chosen mounts of Olympic competitors, and excel at every equestrian sport, taking their owners the highest level of whichever discipline they desire to master.

Anita Williams is an international competitor who knows exactly what conformation makes a champion and what temperament the horse needs to be the perfect partner at home and in the show ring. She is excellent at matching her client’s personalities with that of the correct horse to create a perfect team. Anita has trained with many Olympic riders, and has trained her personal stallion Morocco to the highest levels of dressage, which is best described to non-equestrians as ballet for horses. Everyone in the dressage circle knows and respects her as a dedicated horsewoman, whose lifelong goal is to help preserve the art of horsemanship. She will be directly involved in all the importing programs.

Danielle Neumann has worked at many top Friesian (Holland Program) and Andalusian (Spain Program) breeding facilities, many of which had numerous imported horses, and knows exactly what characteristics each horse should exhibit to best represent their lineage. She also knows exactly where to go in Holland and Spain to find these wonderful bloodlines. She has many professional contacts who will lend their importing expertise to the programs, ensuring that clients get exactly what they left the U.S. in search of. At many of the stables, she watched amateur adults who had never owned a horse bring over horses from Europe, bond with them, and grow into avid riders. There is something special about the bond between a horse and it’s owner, and it’s amazing to watch the many ways people grow in all aspects of their lives when horses are involved.

Anita & Morocco

Anita & Morocco

Contact Danielle Neumann at 586-419-3945 or DNeumann@gmx.com for more information.