Litchfield Hills Dressage
The art of classical dressage with FEI trainer Alix Szepesi
Alix Szepesi (pronounced 'a-leeks' 'sep-a-she') is a USDF Gold Medalist with more than 25 years experience developing and competing dressage horses of many different breeds and ranging from green broke through Grand Prix. She is an 11-time USDF Region 8 Champion, and has earned many USDF Horse of the Year and All Breeds awards. She has successfully partnered over 50 horses at 820+ shows (USDFscores.com), and competed 19 of those horses at or above 4th level.
Alix provides positive, professional classical dressage training to produce results for riders and equine athletes of all levels. She earned her international "Bereiter" certification from the 2001 pilot program of the International Academy for Equestrian Studies (IAES) in Warendorf, Germany where she studied with world-renowned trainers including Ingrid Klimke, Angelika Fromming, Jean Bemelmans, Hubertus Schmidt, Susanne Meisner, Eckart Meyners, and Martin Plewa. As part of the IAES program, she interned at Hof Kasselman before graduating first in her class. Alix returned to Sassenberg, Germany at the invitation of the former head of the German riding school, Mr. Ralph-Michael Rash, to work at his 'Hesselhof' training and sales barn for 18 months where she rode ~10 horses each day ranging from 4-year olds through Grand Prix. Alix also rode in clinics with the former German National Trainer, Holger Schmezer, and competed in several German dressage shows. In addition, she:
Alix's approach has been formed through years of research and personal experience. She has a gift for connecting with horses and their riders. They respond to her almost immediately. Alix will teach you what you need to know to do the same for your horse. She has developed several customized training programs, each designed to achieve specific results. Training lessons and programs are individually tailored to meet both the rider's goals and horse's capabilities.
Alix firmly believes that the horses need to have "fun" and enjoy their training. She started this philosophy early! The last photo (above right) is of Alix, about 8 or 9 years old, with her beloved "Itsy Bitsy Mitsy" ... Alix says "I see the joyful look on my face and realize how lucky I am ... all these years later ... to still feel the same way. We went on to be part of a Pony Club Games Team that won the National Championship in 1982. She was a real gem." Also in that set of photos, Alix and "Triple S High Noon" were early ambassadors for the American bred Morgan sport-horse.
Client testimonial: "I have been riding all of my life and since training with Alix, I have never ridden more correctly. She is able to discern what is needed between horse and rider and provide a clear, sensible plan that benefits both. There is no one more capable when placing the care of your horse in Alix's hands. Her philosophy embraces what is best for each individual horses' mind, body and spirit and the result is a very relaxed, happy and healthy being!" Michele Sweeny - Skyline Sport Horses, Roxbury, CT
Trainer testimonial: "Alix Szepesi was employed as a Bereiter [trainer] in my stable from October 2002 to January 2004. Ms. Szepesi was always very motivated, committed, diligent and dependable. I thank Ms. Szepesi for the successful and good work together and very much regret that she is returning to the USA. I wish her much luck and success in her personal and professional future." Ralph-Michael Rash - former head of the German riding school. He invited Alix to work as a rider at his 'Hesselhof' training and sales barn in Sassenberg where she rode about 10 horses each day ranging from 4-year olds through Grand Prix.