Your child's education shouldn't be limited to the classroom. Melissa will not only teach them to ride beautifully, she will teach them how to interact with horses, what makes them tick, handling horses safely, rider and stable etiquette. Through her lessons and other activities at Dragonfire, children and adults alike learn both individual goal achievement as well as how to work and succeed as a team. Her primary focus is personal growth, and in this her students consistently excel.
For those who are looking for a challenge, Dragonfire offers Academy Shows throughout the year. Riding in shows gives the students a goal to work toward with their (or a Dragonfire) horse. Equine competition is one of the rare and unique sports that is not just about winning. With Melissa's guidance, they will learn that it's about working for your personal best, learning to win and lose graciously, learning sportsmanship and team spirit, using a disappointing defeat to climb to greater heights, and overcoming performance anxiety. Showing is a vehicle for building self-esteem and learning valuable life lessons for young and old.
|Melissa encourages individuality, as seen here with Taylor's salute at her first Dressage show in Rancho Murieta.|
|Melissa preparing Taylor for her victory pass after winning a Reserve Championship in Santa Barbara.|
|The top contenders at an Academy Show @ Dragonfire anxiously await the announcement for the grand prize (a new saddle!).|