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Laura Etzel - Owner, Trainer, Instructor, Coach. 

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My Story

Growing up in western Massachusetts, Laura never hesitated to pursue her love for horses, their care, and their effect on the human psyche. Horses have always been a part of her life, and she spent her childhood working and riding at a local trail riding program. There, she and her friends learned the value of caring for horses while enjoying the hard work and pure joy that comes with it. Laura also learned to compete at the 4-H level, riding western saddle and hunt seats, and continued to compete at the rated level in the saddle seat. 


In high school, Laura started riding at Smith College and became passionate about Hunter/Jumper, particularly equitation. She found a respected trainer named Michael Matz, who allowed her to groom in exchange for lessons and compete at several equitation and Medal Meclay classes. However, she couldn't pursue this path due to financial constraints. After marrying and having two beautiful children, Laura's passion for horses shifted to teaching and training. She started her own program, trained young horses and taught lessons, became a 4-H leader, and coached show teams.


Laura continues to educate herself and believes in being open-minded to new and old training theories and techniques while paying close attention to the needs of her horses. She offers lessons in dressage through the third level. She has taught hunter jumpers, specifically equitation, for 31 years. She has owned and operated her lesson programs for 29 years. Currently, she leaves the training of young horses to her colleagues. Laura is always happy to work with riders willing to travel to her.


Laura's riding influenced by so many who she has been lucky to work with, including:

Janice Jahavos

Michael Matz

Shelly Francis Fran cross

Samantha Williams

Buck Brannaman

Leslie Desmond

Bruce Davidson

Conrad Schumacher

Jutta Lee

Barend Heilbron to name a few.


I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.


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