Mark Russell’s Sola – An Update

Sola is officially in the double bridle! Says Bettina Drummond – “He’s coming along so well. He’s a credit to Mark Russell’s skills in bringing him up. It’s so funny that Sola is a chestnut gelding Hanoverian – a cross of everything I don’t normally choose – but I love him dearly!” Bettina rode the […]

Notes from My May Trip to France

I recently decided to refresh my rider’s mind with a visit to certain écuyers in France during my May clinic run.   Vue-from-St.-Hilare-St.-Florent-with-Saumur-Castle-in-Distance It had been a long while since I had been able to travel long distances and therefore had not been able to dialogue with any practicing Baucheristes, who like me, made a […]

Horseman John Craven on His Life Well Lived

John Craven, Dr. Max Gahwyler, Donna Coughlin and Bettina Drummond Horseman John Craven came into my life through Donna Coughlin and her horse Oberon aka “Obi.” Donna had sought out my help with Obi and that connected me to John, who, as you’ll note in his bio below, had a deep respect for Nuno Oliveira. […]

In Memoriam – Ilyad

It is with great sadness that Bettina Drummond announces the loss of her equine friend and teacher, her wonderful Lusitano stallion Ilyad, who was quietly put to rest on the morning of March 16, 2017 due to a severe case of colic. “After my maître – Nuno Oliveira – died, Ilyad became my teacher of […]

A Thank You to Just-E-Nuf Acres

Thank you to Just-E-Nuf Acres for being my winter season host. We have a long history of cooperation. Our first co-op stallion is Formoso JPF (Oso), bred for me by John and Sharon Campbell. Oso’s sire is Ingred Lin’s Quemacho. The dam is Bettina Drummond’s Love Menezes, which was bred by fellow Oliveira student Dany […]

Bettina Drummond and Patrick Teisserenc Featured at Successful APAHA Workshop in Florida

Loxahatchee, Florida – A two-day workshop at High Meadow Farm at White Fences Equestrian Estates brought together two of the world’s leaders in the teaching and training of the French system of riding. The workshop, held February 4-5, featured Colonel Patrick Teisserenc, current écuyer-en- chef of the French National Riding School in Saumur, France, and […]

A Welcome to Equine Partner of Mark Russell

A great American horseman was lost to us when Mark Russell died in June from injuries acquired during a riding accident. Mark, author of the popular book Lessons in LIghtness, was a well-known trainer and teacher who blended the methods and philosophies of classical dressage with natural horsemanship to produce what her termed natural dressage. […]