British Grand Prix Rider Louisa-Marcelle Eadie Opens New Training Facility Specializing in Developing Young Horses In the United States
Written by Betsy LaBelle - In Dressage - Saturday, November 5, 2016
At Bluebell Farm, located 90 minutes north of Manhattan in Sherman, Connecticut and set in the Housatonic Valley, British born Louisa-Marcelle Eadie, owner of LME Dressage specializes in coaching riders, breaking in young horses to training horses for top level competitions. Accommodating about 15 horses at one time, Louisa’s extraordinary step-by-step training and coaching programs range from superb horse care to achieving accomplished FEI competition standings.
The facility was designed to accommodate babies and young horses, from the special fencing which bends to protect the growing youngster’s head, neck and limbs, to the stabling that is built higher in some places and lower in others for the best social interactions. Bluebell Farm continues to be Louisa’s passion and her dedication, integrity and knowledge are clear through her horses’ and students’ successes. Since Louisa’s beginnings, she has backed well over a 100 youngsters and trained several of those horses to Grand Prix level, and a couple of horses she aquired along the way, she continues to compete for International Grand Prix competition victories.
Her vision for Bluebell Farm has always been to become a base for breeders, trainers, professionals and amateur owner and riders to place their babies and young horses in a quiet home environment to grow and be educated for a strong future in dressage. With her ability to train babies in full forward moving confidence, as a proven top level rider, the young horses eventually gain the necessary strength and confidence to be ridden in a ring with riders and horses, and climb the levels easily step-by-step.
From eight winter seasons working with Anne Gribbons, Louisa acquired the proper in-hand work for teaching the piaffe, Louisa said, “Thanks to Anne who has taught and encouraged my feel with many horses in training in all the high collected movements, but most especially the piaffe and passage. I am very confident and believe in starting to play with these little pieces early on so the horses feel like it's just a game with a lot of treats so they never feel pressured by it. This is something Anne really installed in me and I have successfully gone on to develop a system of my own." Louisa's talents are not only for backing and breaking but her passion to develop horses for the piaffe and passage.
Starting before sunrise and finishing after sundown, Louisa coaches her students and will ride an abundance of horses each day, training them all the way up the levels. She also continues to compete, with two horses she’s trained from youngsters in the FEI Grand Prix division during the 2016 Florida winter season and in the 2017 World Cup Test Competition in Omaha, Nebraska.
As part of her vision, Louisa has brought two worlds together, "I'm lucky to live here in the States, but I'm also a true Brit at heart and want to support my country. For some time, I was looking for UK breeders to partner with and over a year ago, I met Sara Longworth who is owner and director of Britain’s Waverly Stud. Besides both our being English, we also have a connection because Sara worked in the States as a high level consultant. I have one of her babies and she and I are looking forward to developing a program over the coming years in developing, training and offering for sale some of her foals and young stock. Our hope is a team prospect that I can take all the way.”
Upbringing and History
Louisa grew up in a small village called Sprotbrough, which is located in South Yorkshire. A small age-old beautiful town centered near an old rectory church built centuries ago, Louisa’s modest childhood with her parents and older sister began with her dreams of becoming a great horsewoman and representing Britain. Despite what seemed back then like an insurmountable mountain to climb, she worked very hard from the beginning.
Between the ages of 7 and 16, she spent most of her time at the local riding school called Edlington Riding Centre, a multi-disciplined riding center that only had an outdoor arena. She worked there so she could pay off the cost of her riding lessons. When she was 11, she began helping to break and train the young horses. By the age of 12, she not only helped to break in the clients’ and centers’ young horses, she was also tasked to help keep the entire stables ‘in-good-order.’
Louisa spent every available moment improving her proficiency in learning the British riding basics that, for instance, a rider’s hands must be 2 inches apart and that a strong core was necessary to achieve perfect symmetry in riding. She advanced up the levels on a favorite Welsh pony that threw her off for fun, until she figured out his tricks. As she grew, she moved from basic riding lessons to climbing the ranks to coaching the younger kids and adults while also hacking out their horses.
At 16, she moved to a farm and began studying for her British Horse Society (BHS) License and passed all requisite exams. The BHS program, one of the hardest in the world, includes horse care, riding in three disciplines, running a business and riding instruction. “It was very old-school British. I remember we were often corrected with a stiff whip and a smack on the back for slouching if our posture wasn’t straight, even when sitting at a long lunch table. Slouching was not accepted. I learned quite a lot there.”
After turning 17, she began a three-year program with the late British Eventing Coach Kenneth Clawson who succeeded in coaching the British 3-Day Eventing Team to win 21 gold medals at the Olympics and countless other wins, including the Badminton, Burghley, Blenheim Horse Trials, and the World Equestrian Games. Those years, Louisa worked 16-hour days taking care of the stable, doing road work interval training and preparing the world’s best horses for their needed fitness.
At 20, Louisa went on to open her own livery stables close to Leeds in West Yorkshire. Working a marathon and caring for up to 18 horses a day, Louisa made ends meet by working 20 hours days which included a bartending job in the evening to help pay for continuous training and advancement for her knowledge in Dressage. She shared, “I remember one horse threw me off at quite a number of times. I don't think I had one day where one part of my body wasn't in pain. Even through those were years of hardship, my goal and dream of riding for my country have never changed. The hard work and dream is what, to this day, drives me in every way.”
In 2006, Louisa met Anne Gribbons, the 5* FEI Dressage Judge and technical adviser/coach for the USA 2012 Olympic Dressage Team. For eight winter seasons, Louisa trained with as many as 12 horses under Anne’s watchful, talented eyes.
Medals and Success at the FEI Grand Prix Levels
Louisa has received USDF Gold and Silver Medals and has numerous wins and placing both regionally, nationally and internationally. She also is an alumni of the Young Dressage Horse Trainer Symposiums offered by the Hasslers for 12 years. Competing in over 40 USEF Grand Prix competitions, she recently placed fifth in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Global Dressage CDI 3* on her 15 year-old Hanoverian gelding Weltcup (Weltmeyer x Gambler's Cup xx), “I am thrilled with my boy.”
At the recent FEI World Cup Dressage Finals held in the massive entertainment complex, CenturyLink Center Omaha, she placed 7th on 13-year-old KWPN gelding Baltazar, aka “Butters” (Idocus x Notaris) owned by Frederike Kurowski Cardello. “The people involved there were great,” Louisa declared. “At times, the indoor atmosphere did prove to be a bit much and caused some tension in our rides, but overall Butters handled himself well and showed a promising future at this level. I’m so proud and thankful to have been invited to participate in this show and I send congratulations to my fellow competitors and a big thank you to everyone involved.” An excellent spokesperson for athletes, Louisa was also chosen to be the Foreign Delegate and write reports to the FEI noting possible improvements for future World Cup event for March, 2017.
Winters in Wellington, Florida
Louisa teaches clinics outside of Bluebell Farm and also winters in Wellington, Florida during its seasonal three-month competitions where she bases at Korrine Harper-Johnson’s farm in Loxachatchee, just 15 minutes from the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Showgrounds. Korrine owns a lovely quiet farm whose facilities and paddocks can accommodate Louisa’s baby and young horses. While her assistants ensure continuing top-quality care at Bluebell Farm, Louisa nonetheless makes fortnightly trips back to the northeast to continue instruction at clinics there.
While in Florida training horses, Louisa competes most weeks receiving regular coaching from longtime mentor Anne Gribbons, whose indepth knowledge and experience are second to none. Louisa shared, "When Anne is away or judging, Bo Jena and Christophe Theallet are a huge help to me. Dr. Cesar Parra has also been incredibly generous to me, especially warming me up ringside. I'm very thankful for all his support."
Philosophy, Work Ethic and Student Achievements
Louisa’s work principles are extraordinary and learning about horses and how to ride them effectively has always been a priority, even as a young child. She “speaks” their language. Especially significant is that Louisa is able to ‘translate the language of a horse’ to her students, empowering them with the ability to learn further with their own mounts. "I pride myself on the highest standard of care and training horses through a clear method and kindness."
The fit, contented and well-balanced horses in her care reflect Louisa's standard of excellence. And, the performance of her students in the dressage ring attests to her success in conveying to them the principles of correct, classical dressage. A testament to Louisa’s techniques is that many of her students stay with her for years and have won, placed and qualified in regional and national championships, many earning USDF medals.
Louisa oversees her stables meticulously. With no stones unturned in setting goals and accomplishments for every horse, lives it!
Ready to accept new clients, Louisa looks forward to your reaching out to her for discussing training needs, goals, young horse needs and care.
She is available for clinics and will travel anywhere in the U.S. and the U.K. to coach riders.
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