By Jennifer Walker
Patience Prine-Carr is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist in Dressage, plus she has her Musical Freestyle Gold Bar—all of which she earned on Arabians she trained. She has trained and shown her own horses as well as clients’ horses to many National and Regional Championships in Hunter Pleasure, Jumpers, English Pleasure, Dressage and Side Saddle. She trains in all disciplines but specializes in the Arabian Sport Horse. Patience has over 15 National Championships and Reserves in all Levels of Dressage from Training Level to Grand Prix. Let’s learn a little more about her!
What is your first memory involving horses?
I rode my first horse at my uncle’s dude ranch in Dubois, Wyoming when I was around two years old. I don’t remember the first time, but I do remember the horses and the draw I felt towards them.
What’s the greatest advice about horses you’ve ever been given?
That is a tough one since I have worked with so many wonderful teachers and learned so much from them. I would say it would be to ride for the horse, not you. In other words, put the horse first before yourself.
Who do you look up to the most in the industry, and why?
I look up to all the Olympic riders. Edward Gal is my favorite – he is the most elegant rider and has so much style and class. Heidi Gaian is my coach and I always go to her when I need help. I also work with Juan Matute who is wonderful in seeing the basic needs of your horse as soon as you start working with him.
Who was the most helpful clinician you’ve ever ridden with? What was it like?
I would have to say Juan Matute from Spain. He zeros in on the biggest thing you need to work on to make everything else work better. About six months ago, I took Dark Prankster+++// to him. ‘Peet’ was always stiff and awful to sit the trot, and his trot extensions were not very good. Juan doesn’t ask what is wrong, he just watches and in the first 10 minutes he says, “You must get his back up for him to be supple.” He made us collect and then go forward, again and again, all at a posting trot. We did this until our collections were a passage and then forward until he got tight then back to passage. That was pretty much the whole lesson but I kept working on that at home and soon his trot got airy and his extensions got bigger and more airy and he ended the year by winning National Champion 4th level with a 70% and National Champion Prix St George with a 69.8% and was High Score FEI of the show.
What are you looking forward to as a Rate My Riding coach?
I look forward to helping more people who want to ride dressage and maybe are afraid to show. I hope that I can help them get there.
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