20/20 Horsemanship

Horsemanship and riding lessons for all ages and abilities. Specializing in natural horsemanship tra Heat and AC in tack room

Operating as usual


Cherokee and Loretta with Angela and Firefly. Cherokee’s first ride out at new barn!




Some people wish their horse had the scope of our cat!


It’s coming along nicely!
Saddles, pads, girths, horse boots and bridles. All in an orderly fashion from back wall thru corner to next wall. Much more wall space allows for more organizing options!


It makes my day when I pull into my farm and stop to open the gate and my pony walks from the far side of the field to come over and say hello. Nothing beats that for making a morning great.


Looking for PT Asst. Instructor
Experience required
Pm your resume and to get more info

Timeline photos 09/15/2022

Nothing else to say…..


I was just telling a potential new client that my horses typically settle into a new environment quite easily. Why is that? Because they have been with me for so long. I’ve had Scottie, the leader for about 18 years now. They all look to him, and to me for leadership. When he is good, they know they can relax.
I am their home.

Last week Sureño de Centurion walked proudly off a truck and into my life. I have needed the last 10 days to quietly process this.

I have never felt at home in the world. I have always been the weirdo. The outsider. The unwelcome one. I have been the unique kid, the different perspective, the contrarian in a room full of folk committed to going where everyone else is going.

But I have always felt at home in my own body. I have always known what I felt, trusted it, and followed that inner voice. Like stage direction from the universe telling you what to do next.

When Sureño became available for rehoming my body already felt that he was home with me. It sounds strange but this is how this has been for me. When he got off the truck I was content. No adrenaline. No anxiety. Just a quiet joy. It felt correct.

3 years ago my family and I had to flee a stable and comfortable life in Poland due to the deteriorating political situation there. Ever since we have been flung about Spain trying to find that stability again. Very soon we will have that but the last 3 years have been a trial, a test of our ability to find our internal strength and consistency when everything about us seems mercurial, confusing, and at times, hostile.

Home is not about a place in space that is unmoving. It is not brick and mortar. For a horse, home is not how nice your fences are, how shiny the stable is. A horse doesn't find home, comfort and stability, even in routine and hardly ever in predictable behaviours of their owners.

Horses find their home in YOU. Many of us have felt this for generations, but only last week did scientific data become available which proved this. Horses do best when they have a chance to form long term bonds with us.

This is why I do not offer short term training programs for horses. 30 day, 60 day c**t starting or rehab. I focus on building long term bonds with horses, and then teach other owners the unique training protocols needed to do the same. The approach to work with a horse whom has a specific deadline for performance results is very different to a training approach where the deadline is the horses entire life.

To have the luxury to go at a speed set by the horse, and nothing else.

I am honoured to be able to give this incredible being this with me. I have told him that he can find home in me if he wishes. Now I wait and let him feel that for himself.

Karen's Happy Athlete Formula 09/05/2022

Karen's Happy Athlete Formula

Karen's Happy Athlete Formula A happy athlete is keen to put in effort. They love to move, feel invigorated by their exercise, and want to come back for more. To create a happy athlete in dressage you need to focus on many elements that go beyond the dressage training scale. This article explores what you need to have a motivate...


Who sees what I see?


So true. Especially the kicking part!

Camp flyer.docx 08/10/2022

Camp flyer.docx

We still have room for the week of Aug 15-19. Register now!

Camp flyer.docx


Next week, and middle two weeks of July! Register now!


Still a couple of openings in camp the last two weeks of June! Register now while you can!


A little clip of my bridleless riding with Cherokee. We are
Working on changing directions while trotting. Then on to jumping and cantering !

Welcome to 20/20 Horsemanship: Clear communication equals visible results! 04/30/2022

Welcome to 20/20 Horsemanship: Clear communication equals visible results!

We are looking to add a team member!

PART TIME Assistant instructor opportunity on SUNDAYS 12-5pm.

This person will be a team player. We are a small but busy barn in Leesburg. We want to hire someone who will be part of our family and love being there as much as we do.

Position is for Sundays only at this time. Will be able to add Saturdays in the near future, and more opportunities as we grow.

Duties will include teaching children how to groom and tack up. This also includes instruction on body language, herd behavior, safety and ground handling.
Duties may also include a barn chore occasionally: filling water buckets, giving a horse hay or sweeping,etc…

Adults (18 and over) only please.
Must be reliable. Opportunities to ride and or have lessons are available.

Candidates must have some riding experience. Preferably (low level) eventing, dressage or jumpers. We have NO hunter ponies.

Hourly pay.

Please send information/resume to:
[email protected]

You can learn about us on the Fb page and our website:


Welcome to 20/20 Horsemanship: Clear communication equals visible results! Join our semi private lesson program. Beginners receive 4-8 private lessons before being placed with another student.

Photos from 20/20 Horsemanship's post 12/27/2021

Lily is modeling her good looks, new bridle and a partial clip.


It was surreal watching Boyd Martin win the First ever 5* event at the Fair Hill International Equestrian facility in MD.
Congratulations to Mr. Martin, it was a well deserved win.
Please note, his ride was a mare!


Maryland 5 Star - XC On Cue




You know you’ve done a good job with campers when you tell them they are running out of time, need to speed things up. And they BEG you to let them finish scrubbing water buckets. Parents, reread that! Yes, you read correctly. I could not be prouder of these girls! A pleasure to take on as new students. And I think I see future show team kids there…..


Camp could not have gone better this year. We met terrific families, many of which will be joining TEAM 20/20!


Finishing up a terrific week of camp!

Kids learned soooo much!

All about clover and drool, pastures, blackberry picking, going up and down hills, horse vision and how it impacts behavior. They were all pointing out the body langauge they noticed from each horse, ‘he’s relaxed, his leg is cocked!, ‘well she’s licking and chewing so she’s happy and relaxed!’ Even noticing while riding. They each learned how to get a leg up, onto a horse. They became mounting and dismounting experts. Understanding why they shouldn’t let their bodies plop onto the horse’s back. And so much more! Great group of 7 girls. Hoping to see them in lessons soon!



Animal control has been called. Horse was hit by a car.

Please help find owner!


Frozen feathers on everyone at the barn today!


Effective immediately:

If you are NOT taking a lesson please DO NOT enter the barn. We are reducing the number of people coming in and out in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.

We have several bottles of hand sanitizer in the barn and in the bathroom. Please sanitize your hands when entering the barn and before leaving.
If you or someone in your family have any cold like symptoms please do not come to the barn.

We thank you for understanding and hope everyone stays safe and healthy during these trying times.

TEAM 20/20 horses, ponies & Loretta


Excited for the new year

We have a new barn/farm owner. Haven’t met with her yet, but I have a good feeling! And unlike another barn I rented that was sold, I do not have to move, so that’s a plus!

We are adding students to current lessons. Please reach out if you are looking for lessons! Space will not be available for long!

Photos from 20/20 Horsemanship's post 11/25/2020

20/20 is very grateful for all of our friends, supporters, clients, family and barn owner to name just a few. 😉

Despite the horror that COVID created for all, 2020 has been a terrific year for us. Maybe there’s something in the name??
We were able to increase our students by 500%

Repairs are being made to the barn and the new exterior paint is looking fantastic!

We will soon be adding additional panels to the arena so it can go back to its original larger size while still being fenced in.

And Blue graduated back into shows with nails! Can’t beat that!

Please share any positive 2020 stories of your own!


We are coming out from the soggy day and a half.
Lessons in full swing tomorrow!
This is BLUE
Laurie Gessaman - Pearson Smith Realty


Mini Lily-Ready,set,go!

My miniature jumping bean!


We had an amazing summer at 20/20!
5 weeks of camp were great, fun was had by all.
Thank you to our camp helpers

Margaret Mulderry

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It was surreal watching Boyd Martin win the First ever 5* event at the Fair Hill International Equestrian facility in MD...
Mini Lily-Ready,set,go!
Free jumping with Confetti
Companion walking with Fetti




17479 Dry Mill Road
Leesburg, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 12pm - 5pm
Tuesday 11am - 5pm
Wednesday 12:30pm - 5:30pm
Friday 11am - 6pm
Saturday 10:30am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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