Join Our Team!

By |2022-03-28T05:42:03-04:00March 28th, 2022|News & Events|

Are you that person who alphabetizes their spice rack? Love a good label maker? And want to apply those skills to a life with fancy prance dressage ponies and the hilarious nerds who care for them? We’re looking for a working student intern to join our team at Sprieser Sporthorse, Marshall VA and Loxahatchee FL.
Our interns are PAID to RIDE, groom, tack, muck, turn in/out, feed, and do other farm chores at our beautiful Virginia facility, with awesome horses, fabulous humans, and many, many excellent snacks. Our team works hard, plays hard, and loves to learn and love our animals together. We have a team approach to the day to day runnings of a top dressage barn, developing horses from green to Grand Prix, and teaching amateurs, youth and professionals alike from the grassroots to the CDI ring.
We show, a lot. You’ll get to learn the ropes of showing with a top shelf team, both nationally and internationally. CDIs, CPEDIs, National Championships; that’s what we do (in addition to labelling things, ALWAYS replacing an empty toilet paper roll, and reveling in a good pun.) Whenever possible we’ll find horses for you to show – in the last 15 years we’ve made MANY USDF Bronze and Silver Medalists out of our working students, on both their own and on client-owned horses.
We bring in top shelf clinicians to complement the instruction provided by Head Trainer Lauren Sprieser, USDF Gold Medalist, and Sam Laurel, USDF Bronze Medalist and eventer, both of whom have a long track record of turning rogues into rockstars. And we’ll teach you how we do it. Former working student interns have gone onto be trainers within our own program and out in the world. Our connections throughout the horse world are vast and excellent, and we’ll make sure that wherever you go from us is a great gig. And our name on your resume is a golden ticket to wherever you want to be.
Applicants must be team oriented self-starters who use their words, play well with others, and take pride in all the halters being hung up the same way. Dressage experience not required, but a strong work ethic and an open mind are. Housing and salary provided, with the possibility of a full training stall for the right candidate. Must be able to work in the US without sponsorship. Ideally looking for someone who can stay beyond just the summer, but we’ll consider all options. No pets. Must be able to put your phone down. Must be the kind of person who replaces the &*@#$! toilet paper roll. But don’t worry – we’ll provide the label maker. Bonus points to those with young horse experience because OH MY so many babies right now.
Send your resume and at least one funny joke and/or pun to
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Training Opportunities

By |2022-03-20T05:49:52-04:00March 20th, 2022|News & Events|

We make FEI superstars! And we want to do it for YOU.
We’re looking for long-term training partnerships to develop up the levels. Head Trainer Lauren Sprieser has made countless horses to the international levels, including 7 to the Grand Prix level, all in a holistic and positive way. We work out of our home base in Marshall, Virginia, and winter outside Wellington, Florida, and our team provides extraordinary care out of world-class facilities.
We take our time and do it right, with ample turnout, smart training both in and out of the arena, and plenty of competition success along the way. And the end result are horses in the ribbons both with our trainers AND for their amateur owners – many of our nearly 40 USDF Medalists achieved their scores on horses we made up the levels for them.
So if you’re looking to grow your horse, whether for long-term sale development or for yourself to show at the big levels, we’ve got a special training rate for you. Reach out to learn more today –
Have a look at just a few of our successes!
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2022 Show Calendar

By |2022-02-18T05:12:07-05:00February 18th, 2022|News & Events|

Queca Franco photo

We’ve picked our show schedule for 2022! We’ve got some options in August and September in case we need some pre-regionals outings, and with Festival and Morven August on the same weekend, we’re just going to have to wing it a bit. But here’s the rough schematic of the list! Email to learn more about showing with us.

7-8 CDCTA Morven, Leesburg VA
18 VADA/Nova Mid-week, Leesburg VA?
20-22 Lexington CDI, Lexington VA

11-12 VADA/Nova Morven, Leesburg VA
22 Great Meadow Mid-week, The Plains VA

15-17 Dressage at Lexington, Lexington VA

23-28 Festival of Champions, Wayne IL
27-28 VADA/Nova Morven, Leesburg VA

6-9 Region 1 Finals, Lexington VA

10-13 USDF National Finals, Lexington KY

August 6-7 Loch Moy, separate shows
August 24 ERAHC Lexington
September 10-11 Rose Mont, separate shows
September 14 By Chance

More Congratulations!

By |2022-02-18T05:08:48-05:00February 10th, 2022|News & Events|

Joanna Jodko photo.

HUGE congrats to our friend Kaitlynn for adding our beloved Helio HI to her string. We sourced and developed Helio from a young horse to Grand Prix, and we’re thrilled to see him take Kaitlynn to the big ring AND stay in the family. Congrats to everyone involved in this wonderful partnership!

The Value of a Schoolmaster

By |2022-02-10T15:10:58-05:00February 8th, 2022|News & Events|

A week or so ago I wrote a little bloglet for my own website theorizing one of the reasons why there seem to be so few schoolmasters available for purchase right now. It sparked a conversation in the comments section on Facebook that was quite remarkable: in addition to being entirely civil (shocking!), it also led to some really interesting conversations about schoolmasters in general, and the adventures in purchasing them.

There are some common statements people make about purchasing schoolmasters. I thought I’d respond to some of them, with my thoughts.

Read the rest at The Chronicle of the Horse!


By |2022-02-01T04:47:53-05:00February 1st, 2022|News & Events|

Congratulations to the lucky, lucky, lucky owners of the inimitable Con Air V! Aero is one of the more wonderful animals in the history of the universe, and we’re so honored to have had him in our lives! Heather Richards photo.

National Championships Bound! August 2021 Newsletter

By |2021-08-09T13:28:36-04:00August 9th, 2021|News & Events|

It’s been a minute (or three months, oops) since our latest newsletter, but we haven’t been bored! We’ve been up to our winning ways, including some high score awards, some medal scores, and sending two homemade Grand Prix horses to the USEF National Championships. Read on to learn all about it, and sign up to receive our monthly (or, you know, whenever we have time) newsletters directly in your inbox!

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