Eagle had been a student of classical dressage since the early 1980's
when she met Jack Brainard in 2006 things took a decidedly western
turn. Brainard, a producer of ten world champions, is famous in
the reining horse world and travels the country yearly to teach
I started in dressage, I was fortunate to work with Pat Smeltzer
and her mentor Karl Mikolka. Karl is a former head rider from the
Spanish Riding School in Vienna. What Karl taught me was to ride
and cue the horse depending on where the horse's feet were. What
I found when I first spoke with Jack was that he taught on the same
principle. I felt right at home."
after numerous clinics with Jack, Montie considers him her mentor.
She teaches students from all disciplines at her Carlisle PA facility,
where each student works on his or her specific goals.
been blessed with great teachers," says Montie. On the classical
dressage side these include clinics with Erik Herbermann, Lendon
Gray, and Karen Ramsing. Western teachers include John Lyons, Richard
Shrake, Lori Beth Morris and Eitan Beth-Halachmy, the founder of
Montie's core belief that dressage is for everyone and that each
horse and rider can gain from work in dressage. "You want your
horse to be a joyous ride and a sound, athletic lifelong companion."