Sandra Hotz 4* (USA)
Sandy is an active FEI/USEF judge, clinician, trainer and coach. She has ridden and taught dressage for over 35 years, and has judged since 1989.
Sandy teaches all levels up to Grand Prix. She stresses correct basic training at each level, and emphasizes the rider's position and seat as a major influence on the horse's ability to perform at his best. The horse's well-being and clear understanding of his work are of utmost importance. She believes that a happy horse is one who is guided by kind, clear, consistent aids by his rider so that understanding and trust develops, allowing for the creation of a genuine "team". Sandy's teaching style is positive and creative. She constantly seeks out the most appropriate solutions to training challenges, realizing that no two horses or riders respond in the same way. This approach creates a unique partnership between the trainer, horse and rider.
When she is not around horses, she can be found in the mountains of Colorado, skiing,hiking, and backpacking with her husband, Randy.
Vanessa has a B.A. in Human Biology from Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges. She is currently working towards graduate school to become a Physician Assistant. When Vanessa is not studying for school she is out at the barn riding and coaching. Vanessa began her riding career when she was 8 years old in Arvada, CO. Vanessa earned her Bronze Medal in 2003 at age 16. She rode in the USAE Junior Team Championships and the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. At age 17, Vanessa earned her Silver Medal. Vanessa has competed through Intermediare I, but has trained many movements above that. Vanessa has been fortunate to have Sandra Hotz (FEI 3* Judge) as her trainer and mentor for nearly 10 years. In addition, Vanessa spent time training with Olympic judge Lilo Fore in Santa Rosa, CA and with David Wilson in Chino Hills, CA. Vanessa has been able to clinic with Sonja Vracko, Conrad Schumacher, Debbie McDonald, James Shaw and many others.