MEET THE STAFF
Dr. Gail Hoff-Carmona, Owner and Director of Los Alamos Dressage Center, now operating out of Canada Larga Ranch in Ventura, California, is a USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist, a USEF Senior "S" Dressage Judge, a Registered "R" Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Judge and an FEI Grand Prix level trainer, clinician, coach, and retired competitor.
Gail's unique ability to quickly detect and correct training/showing problems, helps you to move through your issues, and gain a better understanding of how best to work with the biomechanics of your horse. Gail works with all levels of riders and horses, from beginner to Grand Prix. Her focus is on balance, harmony, and performance through systematic steps based on the classical training scale as applied to each individual horse and rider. This has allowed her to train several horses to Grand Prix and to develop several riders to earn their USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
Gail Hof-fCarmona & L.A. Baltic Finale
As a breeder of Swedish Warmblood (SWB) horses, Gail has bred 3 of the highest scoring licensed SWB stallions in North America, 2 diploma SWB mares and the highest scoring “double diploma” SWB mare (received diplomas for both dressage and jumping ability) in North America. Her horses have also won numerous championships both in hand and in dressage competition at the prestigious “Dressage At Devon” shows as well as winning numerous USDF Horse of the Year Awards at all levels. Since she also believes in the benefits of cross training, several of her horses have also excelled in the open jumper arena (through Grand Prix) and two of them won the International Jumper Futurity as youngsters. Gail also currently works closely with some jumper trainers on the Florida circuit to improve their horses’ jumping performances. She has successfully applied dressage principles and techniques to help solve various show jumping performance issues for these teams.
As an educator, Gail together with Bo Jenå, director of dressage at Flyinge, the National Stud of Sweden, produced a video, How to Train and Present Horses In-Hand and Free Jumping . Thus, Gail also offers specialized training for showing sport horses in-hand and training in advanced long reining techniques including the movements of Grand Prix dressage in long reins.
Dressage Today has published many articles by Gail including: “The Secret To Correct Contact,” “Exercises for Suppleness”, “Dressage Simplified” and several editions of “Ask The Experts.” Another article, “ The ABC’s of Dressage” is due out soon in 2012.
Outside of the horse world Gail is a Ph.D. immunologist who devoted much of her life to the research and development of several medical diagnostics such as the “Mono Test,” a quick diagnostic test for infectious mononucleosis, and immunologic pregnancy tests for people as well as horses. Gail, as owner and director of Los Alamos Dressage Center, received two Proclamation citations from the New Jersey State Assembly and Governor Whitman for civic work done to benefit both the community and equine research at the University of PA School of Veterinary Medicine. She is recorded in Who’s Who, Who's Who of American Women, American Men and Women of Science, Who's Who of Technology Today, American Biographical Institute, International Biographical Center and the National Registry of Who's Who.
Andre Etmekdjian & L.A. Baltic Highlite -1.4m, Wellington, FL
Andre is an active show jumping rider/trainer with a strong background in dressage and eventing. He has competed successfully up through Grand Prix Jumping and F.E.I. Level Dressage and Three-Day Eventing. He is very experienced in all aspects of Classical Riding from breaking and starting young horses up through the highest levels of competition and he will be available for private lessons and/or training your horse(s).
Andre has studied with some of the best Olympic riders and trainers in the world such as Joe Fargis, Frank Chapot, Norman Dello Joio and Marly Goodman in the U.S.A., Hilmer Myer, Bjorn Nagel, Holger Wulchner and Heinz Schulenburg of Germany and Stanny Van Paesschen of Belgium. Born in Azerbaijan, Andre was a very successful dressage and show jumper competitor, representing his country throughout the former U.S.S.R. while in the Army, competing against representatives of 15 countries.
In 1996, Andre immigrated to the U.S.A. and showed Grand Prix Jumpers while working at Mida Farm in Wellington, FL for Meredith Michaels Beerbaum, 2005 Gold Medalist at the W.E.G. At Mida Farm, Andre also did several clinics with show jumping Olympians, George Morris, Michelle Robert of France, Albert Voorn of Holland and Piet Raymakers of Holland. At the same time, he studied dressage with four time Olympic Dressage Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medalist, Ivan Kezemov, of the former U.S.S.R.
Mallory Schneider comes from a 3-day eventing background and has studied for several years with such International competitors as Jill Wilton, Gina Miles, Lislie Webb, Wendy Wergeles and the legendary James Wofford, well known author and three time Olympian.
Coming to Los Alamos Dressage Center, she has changed her focus from 3-day eventing to dressage and has been working in dressage as an apprentice trainer with Dr. Gail Hoff-Carmona on a daily basis.
Mallory Schneider & Zambo
In 2009 she competed the 5 year old Brazilian bred Lusitano gelding, Zambo, owned by Dr. Anne Peters of Manhattan Beach, CA, in Training and First Levels, winning nearly every class entered with scores into the 70% range. In 2010 we anticipate them moving along to 2nd and 3rd levels.
Mallory Schneider & L.A. Baltic Inspiration
Mallory enjoys starting beginners in dressage, show jumping and eventing as she progresses through the levels herself.
Los Alamos Dressage Center
461 Buckboard Lane, Ojai, CA 93023 * Phone/Fax: 805-640-7961 * E-Mail: Balticsun@aol.com