Head trainer Alyssa Pagon Pitts,
a native of Snohomish, WA, is a USEF Developing List rider who is a successful
and active Grand Prix trainer
and competitor. She is also a USDF L judge
program graduate with distinction and USEF "r" judge candidate.
A self-made rider and trainer, Alyssa has gained a reputation for good
horsemanship and skillful riding by
achieving repeated successes with many different horses. Notably, she
has taken some very difficult
"problem" horses and turned them into very successful Grand Prix
horses. Alyssa is also
very adept in training and bringing along green horses, and was
the USEF national 4 year old champion with Furst Fiorano in 2011.
Alyssa is a serious and dedicated trainer and rider. Horses trained by Alyssa
have a high degree of rideability while also being developed to the
best of their athletic abilities.
Alyssa is also a sought after instructor and clinician with a positive
approach to teaching. Her students have
been very successful in the show ring as well as in their
relationships with their horses. Alyssa has
coached several CDS Junior Champions and her students have also been
quite successful at the USDF
Championships and in earning their USDF medals.
Although Alyssa enjoys showing and competing, it is not the be all,
end all of her training and her focus.
She takes pride in developing horses and riders, regardless of their
competitive aspirations. Beginners
through advanced riders are welcome, and AP Dressage does offer
lessons on school horses for those without
horses. Horses of all levels and breeds are welcome as well.
Alyssa has been influenced by many trainers and schools of thought.
She is coached by former USA team coach, Anne Gribbons.
She has worked with Steffen Peters and Alfredo Hernandez, and
she has taken clinics with Robert Dover, Debbie
McDonald, Heike Kemmer, Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg, and
Axel Steiner. She has also been very influenced by Randy Leighton
who has inspired her to adopt a
system that is based on timing
and feel and that treats each horse as an individual and partner.
Before deciding to pursue dressage seriously, Alyssa competed in three day eventing and schooled jumpers.
She grew up going through the ranks of Pony Club in Washington state, attaining the "B" rating at the age of 16.
After achieving her "B" rating, Alyssa took some time off from riding to competitively play basketball, soccer,
and run track, including helping her team to win the basketball state championships and placing 2nd in the state
track meet in the 800m.
Alyssa went on to run track and cross country at Stanford University, graduating with a bachelors in English. Halfway
through college, she felt that something very important was missing in her life, and she found horses again...the
rest is history...