- I have been riding at Willowbrook Equestrian Center for the past
ten years. Collectively my sister and I have brought six horses to
ride and train with Leslie. We have always felt that there is
something about Willowbrook that each one of our horses just finds
soothing. They come off the trailer, and settle quickly into their
stalls, better than at any other facility. Willowbrook, for my
horses is like a second home. Whether we are visiting once a week,
or once a year, it always brings out the best in our horses. There
has never been another place where they work as well and as
quietly as they do here. Horses know where they will be cared for
and loved, and my horses get only the best standard of equine care
Jennifer Davis Jordan
- Leslie O'Neal Olsen is my riding angel. From the moment I
watched her DVD I knew she would be able to help me move forward
with my riding goals. I contacted Leslie to come to the Rocky
Mountain Dressage Society for a clinic for the Adult Amateurs in
the area since I was not the only one who could benefit from her
style, grace and riding instruction. Leslie stepped off that plane
and I knew even then that she was everything that I had imagined
and more. Once we got that clinic started and the riders improved
by leaps and bounds in just two short days with her very simple
yet effective format I was sure she was an angel. She touched and
helped eight riders that weekend and we all could not wait to ride
with her again and again.
Leslie knew my fears of my horse and riding
so she worked with me alone where we could have a calm and safe
environment. I have NEVER felt so safe, confident and proud as
when Leslie was helping me. I do not know why or how she was able
to do what other instructors failed to accomplish. I could
ride and not feel the overwhelming fear creeping into my hands,
seat and body in general. She was very supportive and only took me
as far as I felt comfortable. Leslie loves the horse as much as
the owner/rider which is an admirable trait in a
I can not say enough about Leslie, she is the
best trainer I have ever had the honor of working with and hope to
do some more riding with her in the future and for many years to
"The Classical principals of Dressage are so
simple, yet they've been clouded by intellectual terms, and their
great truths are often lost, leaving many riders confused and
frustrated. My Five Simple Steps
are based on discoveries by ancient Masters, and they work 100% of
the time. I have witnessed dramatic, positive results instantly,
in hundreds of riders from Walk/Trot to Grand Prix in the very
first lesson. The Five Simple Steps
are easy to remember and understand... they simply work!
Ride simply because you love to ride and
forget the mistakes along the way. Ride for yourself and forget
who is watching. Enjoy riding in the moment for today. Knowing
that you are riding your personal best is secure, solid success.
Enjoy your ride!"
Leslie O'Neal Olsen
has studied Classical Dressage for over 35 years. She trained
extensively with Classical masters Ann Ticehurst, Hans Muller,
Franz Rohvansky and Michael Handler.
- As a child, I dreamed of taking Dressage lessons, but never have
the opportunity. I rode horses, but never correctly. A friend who
had worked with Leslie Olsen highly recommended her to me and
suggested that I take lessons. I was hesitant to do this as a 50
year old, but I made the appointment. I was immediately put at
ease by both Leslie and the wonderful horse with which I was
paired. Her very precise instructions, both verbal and visual,
helped me to understand exactly what I was supposed to do. As I
rode, she gave helpful feedback that clued me as to when I was on
balance and correct in the saddle. Learning to feel what is right
was the key to improving upon the limited knowledge of riding that
I had upon coming to the lesson. Her extensive knowledge of
Dressage, patience, love of horses and humble spirit made my
experience surpass all expectations. By the end of the lesson, I
could feel myself beginning to be transformed from a passenger to
a rider. I look forward to many more lessons and recommend Leslie
and Willowbrook Equestrian Center to anyone who is serious about
learning Dressage. Jane Hindman
share your contact info with anyone!
- Leslie has helped me make great strides with my Thoroughbred
ex-jumper Casey. With her patience and understanding, we have come
a long way and are truly a team now. Her teaching methods are
easily understandable. With her help and commitment to teaching
us, I have developed a more secure and balanced seat, which has
helped Casey to relax and enjoy his work and become more balanced.
We are improving with every ride. Leslie's DVD is also a great
teaching tool, I revisit it often. Leslie has also invited me to
Willowbrook to ride one of her school masters. This helped me to
take what I learned there home to Casey. Willowbrook is well run
and the staff has always be friendly and helpful. Clinics and
Schooling Shows are run on time and with great attention to
detail. With luck, Casey will stay sound this year and we can
hopefully go out and show what we have learned. Thank you Leslie!
Erin and Casey
- You have helped me accomplish so much with this little trail
horse. Your 5 simple steps to finding the correct position and
balance allowed Danny to find his balance. Your patience and easy
to follow directions during lessons brought us this far and I
can't wait to see how far we can go. Thank you so much! Joan
Joan and Danny
- The Leslie Olsen Clinic on February 26-27 was an inspiring
riding experience. She taught about the betterment of the rider,
instead of the perfection of the horse. She focused on harmony
between the horse and rider to create a better pair. As she fixed
the rider's position, the horse improved as well. Leslie made a
huge impact on the way the riders rode their horses. At the end of
the clinic, the horse and rider were a happier pair.
Lanier Equestrian Association
Leslie O'Neal Olsen
is seeking a new
equine Grand Prix partner with
whom to qualify for her 'S' certification. Candidates should be
solid Grand Prix and sound (some maintenance is acceptable). If
the horse is intended for sale, it will be competently marketed.
For more information, please contact Leslie through this Web site.
We are a private, quiet, all inclusive
facility with stall sizes range from 12'x12' to 12'x24'. We have
new board fencing, indoor ring with lights and mirrors, trails on
30 acres and 24-hour security.
2015 is our 25th year and we are better than
ever! We have several boarding and training packages available,
from a long weekend to a long-term plan. We are located 35 minutes
west of downtown Atlanta off of I-20. We take riders of all levels
and any breed of horse.
Our main focus is instilling confidence,
trust, and harmony between horse and rider. We want every rider to
enjoy their ride every day!
Five Simple Steps
for Secure, Solid Success
by Leslie O'Neal Olsen
Simple Steps For Riding Success
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I had a wonderful time providing commentary
during the Olympic Grand Prix Special for 'Dressage with the
Experts' at Dressage at Devon
2012! Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. Click here
Equestrian Center Has Been Leased!
everyone for your kind words. For over 25 years, the barn held so
many memories for
so many people. For those who don't know, it was destroyed by a fire
on March 10, 2016.