Get to know Lisa

Lisa is a USDF Bronze and Silver medal dressage trainer running LCH Equestrian with her sister Catrina Hellmer. Lisa grew up in the Northeast with horses and is a USPC Traditional B graduate from Old North Bridge Pony Club in Massachusetts. in 2010 she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Johnson & Wales with an Equine Business Management and Riding Bachelor’s degree. She was one of the top riders on her Intercollegiate Dressage Team and went to Nationals to represent the university. After studying, she worked at The Hanoverian Verband in Germany learning about the breed organization, starting and training young horses and moving them through inspections. It was at this point that she found her love for training. After this experience she moved to Wellington, FL to work for Pam Goodrich and later stayed on as a member of her team in New Hampshire.

Lisa then went onto become Lauren Sprieser’s assistant trainer at the stunning Sprieser Sporthorse in Marshall, Virginia. Here she further developed her riding and grew as a trainer. She had constant mentorship from Lauren who supported her growth and progression through the levels of dressage. Lisa was also extremely fortunate to work under the tutelage of Dressage Olympian Michal Barisone who Lauren trains with. Having both these amazing trainers helped her progress tremendously earning medals on borrowed horses, developing her own horse to FEI and gaining even more experience on young horses.

Lisa enjoys working with many types of horses, and is a very versatile trainer. Most importantly she loves the animals she works with and always strives for excellent horsemanship.

Several years later she acquired Aniko. He came to her with confidence issues and a bit of an attitude. He has progressed through the levels and Lisa is currently working towards the Grand Prix! He not only enjoys his work as a dressage horse, but also goes out jumping, cross country schooling and enjoys lots of trail riding. This variety has helped him focus and kept him fresh and happy in the dressage ring. Lisa’s unique cross training approach to dressage utilizes her background as an event rider and keeps horses happy. She loves creating individual programs for her clients and their horses to help them achieve their goals while having fun and creating happy, successful partnerships! She really enjoys the benefits of cavaletti work, trail riding and working outside of the arena to help improve the horses she works with. Lisa travels throughout the east coast to reach her students.

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