Southview Farm is a premier dressage training and full-service boarding facility owned and operated by Sandy and Francis Tull. Sandy, an accomplished Grand Prix rider and trainer, graduated from Morven Park International Equestrian Institute in 1974.

She has trained most extensively with Violet Hopkins, Debbie Bowman, Carole Grant, and George Williams. Lessons are offered for riders of all levels and are customized to help students achieve their goals. Please see our website for more information and check out the results page for details about recent coaching successes!

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After what seems like forever it was great to be back in the show ring at Waterloo Hunt.

After what seems like forever it was great to be back in the show ring at Waterloo Hunt. 01/15/2020

Why Is It So Hard? Have you ever gotten unsolicited advice from a fellow horse person? Have you ever sat in the audience at a clinic or at a horse show and all you could hear was “arm chair quarter-backing” from your… 01/10/2020

How to Achieve Real Uphill Balance USDF Certified Instructor Candy Allen discusses how to create more freedom in a horse's shoulder and achieve uphill balance 01/07/2020

My Toughest Dressage Training Challenge: Curing a Tongue Problem European dressage trainer Anja Beran, who has spent a lifetime studying classical equestrian ideals and applying them to training horses, tackles an often-stubborn problem with a surprising solution.


Tamarack Hill Farm

A typical OTTB (Off Track Thorough Bred), when it first comes out of racing, is apt to be tight and racing fit, with little muscular development, as you can see in the first photo of Tense, when he had that "pencil neck," and little topline.

They can change dramatically. In the set of three photos from last summer, you can see that Tense looks bigger and stronger.

But it is more than just the physical appearance that can change. If a horse gets years---not months, but years---of careful, non coercive training, the sharp and often anxious attitude that many have just out of racing can be transformed into something far more mellow.

There is no one formula for this. Some need months of rest and recovery before they do any work, while others can be restarted almost immediately. Then think general horse management strategies, worming, feed, turnout, hoof care, teeth care, saddle fit.

Then riding strategies---We use long walks as our base, out in the hills and woods and fields, for changing both attitude and general fitness. Flat work will be gradual and incremental, building block placed upon building block, as the horse decompresses emotionally, and simultaneously grows stronger over his back and top line.

I am perfectly aware that the system that we use is the "slow boat to China" method, and is not favored by those who are looking to turn a quick profit, or get to be part of the various thoroughbred incentive programs.

That's fine by me. I would rather take the time to do what I think is best for the horse than cut corners. I know that others can do it faster, and maybe they do it better. We all have methods that work for us. Do what you need to do---


Dressage Today 09/23/2019

Creating Excellence in Dressage: Putting It into Practice with Sue Blinks Part 2: Olympian Sue Blinks shows how her multifaceted approach works in teaching movements like shoulder-in and piaffe. 09/02/2019

How Bend Affects Your Dressage Horse's Straightness and Balance International dressage competitor and trainer Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel explains this important piece of the training puzzle.


Tamarack Hill Farm

A quietly pernicious, psychologically damaging, and sometimes even physically harmful aspect of the world of competitive riding is what, for lack of a better term, we might call "level shaming." It works like this---

Level shaming begins with an assumption that the higher the level, the more worthy the achievement, whereas the lower the level, the more insignificant the attempt.

Here are a couple of examples---

Let's say that an event rider is safely and confidently riding at the beginner novice level. Someone, however, maybe a friend, or family member, even a coach, perhaps, conveys the hint that the beginner novice level doesn't amount to much.

The rider gets conflicted. She doesn't feel confident about moving up to novice, but she now feels somewhat "ashamed" of "being a chicken," or whatever----

So she moves up, against her better judgement, and maybe gets in trouble, maybe gets herself scared, or the horse scared, maybe even gets hurt.

Or a trail rider has the option of doing a 15 mile ride or, next available level, a 25 mile ride. If he gets level shamed into taking on the 25, before the horse is ready, he may put the horse at risk.

A dressage rider has been competing at the training level. Her friends are moving up to first level, and, in subtle or not so subtle ways, they let her know that they are therefore "better" than she is.

Or the 3 foot 6 inch jumper rider lords it over the 3 foot rider----and so on.

Now the only way that level shaming has any power is if the rider being dissed gives a damn about what others think. But, usually, we are not that indifferent.

Ideally, the way to deal with those who do this to us would be to tell them to go $%^&(*# themselves, and I hope you will.

I find it easier to do at 78 than at 18, or 48, or whatever-8, so I understand how hard it is to not care what others think----


Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association

“The worst mistake a rider can make is to fail to discover and accept a horse’s personality. By oversimplifying horses and lumping them all together the rider risks ‘breaking’ them and taking away their spark.”
~Klaus Balkenhol 05/22/2019

A Leap Of Faith And The Mustang Who Landed It It’s 2016, and I’m knee deep in political coverage. I wake up at 2 a.m., am in the newsroom by 3 a.m., heavily caffeinated by 5 a.m., and rushing to the control room by 7 a.m. I live in New York, the city that never sleeps, and I wonder how long ... 05/19/2019

Monica Theodorescu: The Purpose and Value of Lateral Work Lateral work plays an essential role on the way to higher collection, which is expressed in a high degree of suppleness, carrying strength and self-carriage and is an indispensable element of the daily training of all my horses.


Rainbow Meadow Farm


Dressage Today

To prevent your horse’s shoulders from falling In or out...

"Imagine that the shoulders are a balancing scale. When one side (or shoulder) is weighted more heavily, the horse will lean in that direction. To prevent this, try to balance the scales." —Corinne Foxley

(Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz)


Kristin Severson Dressage

It's so important that your equitation feels natural - there are important reasons for everything that compromises a good position. When you understand the function, the form gets easier. This is a well-said, simple explanation of why you want to keep your elbows in - essentially, it makes your arms an extension of your seat.


Horzehoods Ltd

For all our followers just starting out in either riding, or with a youngster, project, difficult horse, newly backed or just hitting a wall in training here’s some Monday motivation for you. Photo’s 4 years apart of the same horse. Remember building new skills & muscle in both yourself and your horse takes time and patience and lots of learning mistakes before getting it right. Remember to not be disheartened when your pictures are not perfect at the start. When learning something new you usually feel like your starting from the beginning again as your body adapts to new feelings and moments. Tell yourself these are perfectly normal. It’s perfectly acceptable to not be perfect.
Screen shot this photo and whenever your having a tough week in your training or feeling disheartened have a look at this to remember with hard work you won’t stay in the same place forever. ❣️ #TeamHH beautifully produced by @maelys_brillant Horzehoods France ☀️ All Horse Wear available at


Coach J 04/26/2019

Tips to Sit a Big Trot More Effectively USDF gold medalist Kamila Dupont offers advice and explains that addressing this issue begins with improving the horse's gaits.


Dressage Instructors

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United States Dressage Federation Official Page

Must read for equestrians making their golden years a time to shine in the dressage ring! See advice from Hilda Gurney & Vicky Stashuk-Matisi for vintage riders, proving age is just a number. 04/04/2019 We Are the Champions

So proud of Kelli Diener and Daughtry! The inaugural USDF Regional Adult Amateur Equitation champions were crowned in 2018. These riders’ stories may surprise and inspire you. By Brynne Boian Reprinted from the March 2019 issue of USDF … 02/12/2019

Lateral Thinking with Dressage Star Charlotte Dujardin Charlotte Dujardin presents a series of lateral work exercises to improve suppleness, straightness, transitions, and the quality of the gaits in horses. 01/24/2019

Quality Is Job One Trainers Conference demonstration rider Sophia Schults on Samour M rides shoulder-in, the movement US national dressage young-horse coach ... 01/22/2019

The Right Path If the horse gets tight in the flying changes, ride the changes on a large circle instead of on a straight line, US Equestrian national...


All Dressage Association (A.D.A.)

POSTED/WRITTEN by Melissa Wanstreet of Starbound Equestrian Enterprises. For those who ride, train, own, or watch....Regarding others, as well as yourself:

We all know dressage is not easy. If you think about it, as riders, we get on a 1200+ pound animal and expect to have control of all four feet at all times. I mean, a mere inch of the left hind in the wrong direction can mean the difference of a score of 8 or 6, maybe even more, depending on the judge. We work day in and day out to make sure our horses are in tune with our aids just so we can dress up and let everyone judge our work from a single ride lasting less than 10 minutes.

Basically, we put in all our time, effort, and money, just to be judged. We signed up for this right?

Well, technically, we asked to be judged by a certified professional.

Not the peanut gallery standing on the sidelines who wasn’t brave enough to enter themselves, but came to watch and criticize all the horses and riders because it makes them feel like they actually know something.

Not the professionals who think they could ride the horse better because they have no idea what your horse was like when you started working with it, and don’t know that your horse probably wouldn’t move a hoof if they stepped foot in the stirrups.

Not the armchair equestrians who have never even sat on a real dressage horse, watching a YouTube video from home – made by some narcassistic sociopath with a page and a vendetta against any rider who decided they weren’t going to put up with her immature delusions.

And worst of all, not the experienced rider making jokes about the beginner amatuer, who maybe harbors a little more fear than the average horseman, who is just trying their best to get a little better.

Dressage is a sport to be judged. And I’ll be honest, I’m guilty of blindly criticizing, but I will usually catch myself and try my best to put myself in the riders boots. Because I know what it feels like to work so hard, and feel like you’re ready, only to show up and have everything fall apart at the seams underneath you. And at that point, all you can do is try your best to hold it together, pat yourself on the back for trying, and hope to learn something from your experience.

I think the time that you spend criticizing others says something about your own ego and insecurities, but I also think it’s a learned behavior. Amateurs may hear their own trainers judging someone else. One rider may make a comment, which can turn into a 30 minute slam session between peers about the current rider in the ring. And if no one ever steps up and says “Hey! We all have our bad days, lets focus on our own flaws”, then the cycle will continue.

Life is hard enough. Dressage is even harder. And no matter what you think, YOU DON’T KNOW THE WHOLE STORY. 01/19/2019

Equus "Story of the Horse" | Episode 1: Origins | Nature Discover the origins of the horse and how it changed our world forever.


Charlie Mackesy

Thanks everyone- yes I’ll make prints of this and others. It’s the year of prints online. Sorry I’m very slow and it’s been difficult to know the right way to do it but I’ll let you know. It won’t be long. I’ll let you know here. Thanks 🙏


Dressage Instructors

Thank goodness for the lesson horses in our lives!


Speak Up For Horses 01/11/2019

Rules of the Ring: Universal Dressage Ring Etiquette Beth Beukema shares 12 rules to help riders determine who has the right of way in a crowded arena. 01/10/2019

Laura Graves: Less Work, Bigger Reward Olympian Laura Graves’ valuable dressage lessons for jumper riders 01/09/2019

Top 6 Things You’ll Learn From Doing Barn Chores To the outside observer, it might seem that working in a barn is mindless and unrewarding and just that: chores. I mean, all you’re doing is feeding and turning horses in and out, cleaning st… 01/07/2019

Meme-able (And Memorable) Moments At The 2019 Robert Dover Horsemastership Week Wellington, Fla.—Jan.4 The trainers spoke in tweetable and meme-worthy quotes as they guided a group of talented young riders during Day 2 of the Robert Dover Horsemastership Week. Held at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show grounds in Wel...


Custom Saddlery

A new year means trying new things!!
Like this Advantage R in Antique Buffalo Brown and Vienna French Calf Acajou, with a Black Python Cantle and Feathered Patent Loops and Boot guards.
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