CARI SWANSON is a USDF Silver Medalist, FEI competitor, eventing competitor through Preliminary, and a Graduate of the USDF "L" Education Program for Judge Training. Cari trains and sells dressage and event prospects and is involved with the Swedish Warmblood Breeding Program and the Rescue and Rehabilitation Program for injured horses.
Cari bases her training philosophy on classical basic training with emphasis on the rider's seat and position. The horse's well-being and joyful attitude are the most important criteria for training. With a positive and creative teaching style drawn from several disciplines, a unique program is designed for individuals resulting in a happy and healthy horse and rider combination.
To continue to develop her own training skills, Cari works with top level riders and trainers from around the world, including Olympic riders and trainers Peter Leone, Lendon Gray, David and Karen O'Conner, Tony Mason, Judy Richter, Hartwig Burfeind; renowned judges Linda Zang, Axel Steiner, Tom Poulin, Marianne Ludwig, Betsy Berrey, Jayne Ayers, Max Gahwyler; as well as other great horseman, including Ruben Morales from Chile, Grady Duncan from the cutting horse world and Rex Petersen, top trainer of Hollywood's stunt horses.
Cari equestrian expertise is sought after by top film and television producers and directors. She worked with Academy Award winner Ang Lee on his upcoming film “Taking Woodstock” (2009). She has provided horses for documentaries and television as well. This work in front of the camera demonstrates the high level of mastery Cari Swanson has attained in her career. A combination of talented and highly trained horses with a masterful trainer is demanded when working with inexperienced actors in front of cameras for long days of production.
Allez Hop photo by Yvonne Muller
Explorer 007 photo by Teri Miller
Mashantum photo by Teri Miller
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