My Story

About Nancy

I have been around horses my whole life.

In addition to being an accomplished competitor at the Grand Prix level in the United States and Europe and a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist, I am an accomplished trainer, clinician, and life coach.

I am passionate about using my strengths as an experienced horsewoman to help others achieve their horse-related goals and on a path toward a happier and more fulfilling life.

I conduct clinics in Virginia, Wisconsin, New York, and Massachusetts. I have appeared in and written articles for “The Chronicle of the Horse,” “Horseman’s Yankee Pedlar,” “Practical Horseman,” “The Northeast Equine Journal” and “Dressage Today.”

I am committed to dressage in the Northeast and to young people interested in joining the sport. To that end, I have volunteered as USDF Region 8 Jr/YR coordinator, Chef d’Equipe for NAJYRC, and the New England Dressage Association Jr./YR Liaison for five years.


I have been very lucky to have traveled the world with my horses and had the opportunity to study with Top Performers at the Elite levels. Through this experience, I have developed effective strategies for balancing life with horses and family, success in competition as well as finding harmony and happiness in daily life.

I am passionate about helping young athletes find the tools they need to stay confident in the show ring while still experiencing the joy that being a young person should bring. I help them negotiate the pressures of life while striving to be an asset as an athlete, student, friend, family member, and a positive member of society

“I’ve worked very hard to learn all I can about how to ride, and how to teach people and train horses to move up through the levels. Over the years, I discovered that I could contribute even more by helping people find the right mindset for learning and competition.

Most recently in my career, I have been studying, attending seminars and developing a super program for helping others succeed. I don’t imagine I will ever give up training horses, however, expanding my program to include personal and performance coaching has been a truly gratifying experience for me!”

Nancy Lavoie