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New Trainer at MDA


Jamie on 5-year-old Giada HPF in Florida 2014 training with Jim Koford
Midsouth Dressage Academy (MDA) welcomes new trainer/instructor Jamie Lawrence from the St. Louis, Missouri area. “I am so happy to be living down south and especially at MDA.  Everyone here has completely welcomed me with open arms and made me feel part of their family,” she said. 

Jamie was introduced to riding at an early age by her mother, and started with hunter/jumper riding in 1993. She took lessons from BHS certified instructor and Yoga practitioner Judy Tippett, who finds that Yoga helps riders progress. Jamie moved on to advanced level eventing and eventually decided dressage was her passion.

In 2005, Jamie became a working student for International Dressage Judge Jayne Ayers at her Hearthstone Farm in Dousman, WI. Taking regular lessons from Mrs. Ayers and riding the horses at her facility proved valuable experiences. 

In 2009, Jamie moved to Rolla, MO, where she finished two undergraduate degrees in Industrial Engineering and Economics at Missouri University of Science & Technology. “While in school I had the pleasure of running my business at a 20-stall barn called Bit of Heaven Equestrian Center. There I had a select few clients, as well as training horses that I have worked with over the past six years. These clients where successful on regional and national levels through Third level,” she said. Jamie has trained horses through third level and has ridden horses schooled through Grand Prix. 

Jamie continues her Dressage education under trainer/ FEI rider Amanda Bailey and international level rider James Koford. “I feel so blessed to be able to continue my career at such an incredible facility,” she said. “It is really the icing on the cake to have Debbie Hill, Jim Koford, and Amanda Bailey coming to this facility regularly for clinics.  …I enjoy working with people of all ages and breaking down the pieces of the complicated dressage puzzle. I push my students to be capable riders and want them to truly understand the principles [of dressage] and the reasons I teach them.” Jamie is now available for lessons and is accepting horses in training.

(photo courtesy of Amanda Bailey)

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