Frances Carbonnel is devoted to the vision of harmony between human and equine as manifested in art for art’s sake. That art is the pursuit of beauty, harmony, and balance in the relationship that binds horse and human. Her riding is pure, highlighting the presence of cooperation, gentleness, enlightened leadership and willing acquiescence. Frances is an advocate for the ethical treatment of the horse. She teaches her students in a learning environment that is comfortable and focused, while sighting the importance of a solid seat, understanding of aids, and being conscious of how the horse thinks.
Frances demonstrates the art of riding is achievable without force through open communication with the horse and constant awareness of one’s core values. She achieved her USDF Bronze and Silver Medals in 1980’s and 1990’s, but in 2011 added a USDF Gold Medal to her collection. A factor especially wonderful as her partner was Fino, a PRE stallion, who she discovered and with whom she has brought great attention to the Iberian breeds and their ability in Dressage.
Frances was also recognized by the International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association as Professional Horsewoman of the Year in 2009. She has also achieved championships in Hunt Seat, Show Hack, Dressage Hack, Western Pleasure and Doma Vaquera. She trains out of Mariah Farms in Castle Rock, CO and shares her training and insights on her blog at www.classicallegacy.com.