Talented, charming, brilliant

“You know what might be fun?” was a phrase of Dorothy’s that could be the introduction to the setting up of a new series of bouncers or a clever exercise that she had created to facilitate the successful execution of a dressage movement or going over to Weeden’s to observe a member of the British eventing team giving a clinic to local riders or the possibility of taking a dressage lesson from a member of the US dressage team.  There was never a dull moment at Sunny Brook Farm, where Dorothy was the trainer in those enchanted horsy days and Debbie and a variety of Pony Clubbers  were always on hand.  Rebecca assumed the ride and ownership of (Dorothy’s daughter) Debbie’s pony, Toby as Debbie moved on to Gypsy, whom she evented with great success. We all looked forward to the days when Jana trailered in for lessons with her mare, Devil.  

Dorothy competed and trained with the best riders in the US and her standards were always high.  She was clearly one of the most knowledgable professionals in the area and essential to the success of the ESDCTA and the Amwell Valley Event.  In a lesson with her, she would enthusiastically rejoice at a student’s success and she never failed to make the point (sometimes over and over) when the rider needed correction.  When Dorothy took Jana and I to a series of shows, we reaped the benefits of her very effective and knowledgeable training methods.  One of us usually came in first and the other was second.  To be honest, each of us was just as happy if the other got the blue ribbon or if we got the red one.  Clearly, that can be attributed to the team spirit always exemplified by Dorothy.  Then, there were the gems of wisdom that we lived and breathed.  The one that comes to me on a regular basis and that has served me well is, “go forward to get out of trouble”.  This is also very valuable advice in terms of riding as is also a life lesson.  Dorothy has always continued to progress forward in her career and has been honored many times for her excellent riding and training including wining the USDF Gold Medal.  She is currently a highly respected and very busy R dressage judge.  Knowing her reputation many riders continue to seek her out for lessons and training.  There are countless people of all ages who owe Dorothy their very much enhanced lifelong relationship with horses.  What a remarkable gift this talented, charming, determined and brilliant woman has given us.  Thank you, Dorothy.
– Susan Reichlin

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