Dressage trainer

Emily Roy

Assistant Dressage Instructor & Trainer

Emily started riding and showing in 2004 as a Hunter/Jumper. She grew up as a “barn rat”, riding every horse she could. In her jumping days, she was selected for and rode in the Emerging Athletes Program with Olympian Melanie Smith Taylor. She also rode and competed in IHSA for Texas State University.

Emily found her even bigger passion for classical dressage. She finds nothing more rewarding than watching a harmonious dressage ride with horse and rider working as one. She loves helping partnerships reach these joyous moments. Emily emphasizes teaching with kindness and compassion, helping riders feel empowered and motivated to work through what can be a challenging yet beautiful sport. Her focus on rider position and alignment is a big point of focus as she helps riders guide their horses into better rhythm, suppleness, contact, impulsion, alignment, and collection.

Emily currently has two wonderful horses, her 2010 Hanoverian gelding, Santana, and 2019 KWPN mare, N’Abèlle. Emily and Santana have had a successful show career including Champion at US Dressage Finals in 2021. They have competed and placed at US Dressage Finals multiple times and are also regularly in the ribbons at Regional Championships. Emily has earned her bronze medal and performance awards on Santana, who she has trained up the levels and hopes to train up to Grand Prix. Freestyles are Emily’s favorite, and she aims to also earn her freestyle bars!

You will continuously see Emily taking lessons herself and riding in clinics to always keep learning and growing. She has been fortunate to regularly clinic and learn from her mentor, Jeremy Steinberg, as well as Charles de Kunffy and JJ Tate.