Hi, I'm Erica Poseley and I have spent the last 20 years developing an expertise in the dressage seat and position. I have ridden dressage since 1970 and have always had a nice seat, but as an athletic woman checking in at 5'1" and 100 pounds, I had to get a "doctorate" in advanced seat and position to be effective with any equine larger than a St. Bernard!
I have studied in Germany at Reitinstitut Egon von Neindorff. Von Neindorff was one of the most renowned masters of developing the seat. I have also studied with many top judges, instructors and clinicians throughout the United States. One of my long term mentors has been FEI trainer and judge Sandy Howard, who originally introduced me to Mary Wanless, and I have had advanced training in teaching and communication with Mary. I recently returned from England where I spent three weeks of intensive training with Mary, including one on one training sessions and completing several Teacher Training Courses. I have received my coachig accreditation and am now a certified Mary Wanless Ride With Your Mind Coach.
My education also includes a 1 1/2 year apprenticeship with J. Ashton Moore and Elizabeth Searle of Osierlea. I have also studied with Melissa Sims for 18 months, and with Jennifer Roth. I participated a 3 week intensive study with the Baron von Blixen-Finecke. When Major Anders Lindgren came to California 2-3 times a year, I got the opportunity to ride with him regularly. I also have clinic experience with Dietrich von Hoppfgarten,, Gunter Seidel, Steffen Peters, Andreas Hausberger among others. Through this ongoing commitment to further my education, I can understand the needs of the student and remain a student of the art myself.
My own riding is always under development - this is truly an endeavor that takes a lifetime. I have trained and competed horses through all of the US national levels. My lifetime with horses includes showing horses in hand, jumping, eventing, dressage and teaching all ages. Currently my mare is working 4th level/PSG. I hold my USDF Bronze medal.
I teach clinics troughout the West Coast, and I give consultations focused on upgrading a rider's seat and dressage riding position. My background as a philosophy graduate (Cum Laude BA from UCLA) has given me the tools to communicate clearly. During lunging and riding lessons, I break down each element that creates the correct seat and focus on what your specific needs are at any given time. Students are consistently amazed at how much I can change in a short time through increasing their awareness of their body!
My background in martial arts, tennis, skiing, surfing and a lifetime of riding gives me a deep understanding of the many ways to teach and communicate with riders. I take your learning seriously and will do everything I can to help you achieve your goal. Some riders are apprehensive about lunging or have a horse who isn't reliable on the lunge - my techniques work well on and off the lunge. My goal is to improve your seat and position to enable you to achieve your riding goals whatever they may be.