What are clients saying?
"When I started training with Douglas Puterbaugh, I expected him to be a knowledgeable horseman - and he is. I expected him to push me outside my comfort zone - and he does. What I didn't expect was a man with so much passion for the sport, and compassion for horses, or a man whose insightful instruction makes each lesson the highlight of my week. I feel challenged; yes. But I understand what I'm being taught, I can feel the progress I'm making, and I am encouraged every step of the way. I find myself smiling through my lessons, and always leave with a renewed sense of progress and determination.
Further, I’ve watched Douglas transform a visiting stallion from a wild-eyed, head-tossing, literally screaming animal, to a rounded, calm, composed mount ready for his rider’s cues, all in the space of perhaps an hour or two. If the rider continues under his tutelage, I’m sure she’ll see these remarkable results become her stallion’s new normal.
If ever you need a course in classical dressage, or have a horse with an issue or two, I defy you to find a more knowledgeable, encouraging, kind-hearted, and yes, brilliant horse master than Douglas Puterbaugh."
- Claudia Concienne
Back to Classical Principles
After several bad falls, I bounced from instructor to instructor for over two years trying to find one that would help my anxiety. Douglas was the first one that went all the way back to the lunge and worked on my seat. After one lesson, I went home and practiced and found my anxiety almost gone. After two I felt so much more secure, I was finally able to relax for the first time in years! I continue to go back and learn from each lesson. Each time, when I go home and practice on my own or client's horses I find that they are more relaxed, correct, and happier. Douglas is a fantastic instructor and the knowledge he passes on has allowed me to become not only a more effective rider but a better horseman as well.
- Kate Schroeder, Michigan
Dear Doug and Tamara:
I wanted to thank you for the fabulous care and training that my Hanoverian mare, Graesan, has received. I could not be happier with the result. I am thankful that I found you when Graesan was a coming 4 year old, I know her training was the best available from the beginning of her dressage career. I have literally watched my horse transform from a gangly youngster to a talented, lovely dressage partner. I am amazed at the progress my mare has made in a relatively short period of time. The training she has received is second to none. Not only have you created a horse that any professional would be excited to ride, you have created the perfect partner for an amateur.
As an owner, I am always interested in my horses professional development, but equally important is my horses mental and physical health and development. You and Tamara care for each horse in the barn with the utmost interest in its well being. I have never before seen a barn with such happy and healthy horses. I strongly believe that your talent and training methods are one of the reasons why the horses stay happy, healthy and sound.
In closing, I would recommend Douglas Puterbaugh to any one, professional or amateur, wishing to improve themselves or their horse. You are truly a rare talent in the United States or elsewhere.
"Douglas Puterbaugh has been the trainer at View Ridge Farm for the past 8 years. During this time he trained numerous horses from starting the young horses through the Grand Prix. He has an excellent seat and a special talent for training the passage and piaffe. Douglas is a true talent"
-- Sonja Vracko-2000
USDF" S" Judge
Persistance & Attention to Detail
"Douglas is the most insightful trainer I've ever met. Each lesson with him makes a difference in my riding and my understanding of dressage. Doug challenges you to ride better than you think you can. He never gives up when he needs to get his point across, and he's infinitely creative at explaining concepts. The lessons are always a lot of fun. He teaches you to ride by feel, but he always gives a detailed explanation of why things are supposed to feel the way they do, when done correctly. Since I started riding with Doug, I stopped getting frustrated with my own riding, as he seems to always find a solution when I run into a roadblock (and there have been many!)
Doug's own riding skills can transform an ordinary mover into a dressage star once he gets on, which is always fascinating to watch. A few months with Doug have made a dramatic change in my position, but more importantly, in my understanding of how to get the best out of a horse, while keeping him a willing and happy partner."
I rode with Doug a short time when he was in Petaluma. He taught me more in one summer than I had learned in a lifetime of riding. I now live in Milwaukee Wisconsin and am thrilled Doug is relatively close.
Growth from Dressage Camp
My experience attending the Puterbaugh Dressage Camp was a great one.
Douglas and Tamara provide a unique opportunity to focus on the Art of Dressage riding. As a rider new to the sport of Dressage I gained an understanding of the importance of establishing a solid foundation in the basics that will stay with me while building my skills in the future.
Douglas is an expert teacher and trainer and has the ability to quickly gain forward benefit for the horse and rider pair at all different levels of Dressage riding. Douglas uniquely captures relevant past experiences of his horses and riders and strives and succeeds to parallel those subjects in application to the best riding techniques.
While attending Camp I gained insight into my own beginning abilities, potential and ways of going with the horse all within a friendly group atmosphere crafted expertly by Tamara.
I must also attribute my great Puterbaugh Dressage Camp experience to horse, Salute, who tirelessly trots me around the arena and not only helps me look good while learning, he a special part of a fabulous team dedicated to the importance of having dreams and achieving your goals.