A Grand Prix rider and trainer, Sarah Dodge has over 20 years experience competing and training at the FEI level. Her riding and training reflect her dedication to horses, and her passion for the sport of dressage.
Sarah’s background makes her a standout in the sport. She lived, trained and competed in Germany in her 20’s, providing her with educational opportunities that cannot be matched in the US. During this time her biggest influence was German master Conrad Schumacher. His ability to train rider feel is something that she works diligently on with her own students. In addition, his empathetic approach to the horse has guided Sarah down a path that prioritizes the horses understanding and wellness.
Sarah began competing at the FEI Young Rider level in 1995. She had many successes at the Young Rider level including competing at the North American Young Rider’s Championships. She placed fourth individually in 1999 with her wonderful partner Format.
During her time as a young rider, Sarah was also awarded the Asmis Scholorship for training abroad.
In 2000 Sarah and her horses traveled to Spain to compete in the Sunshine Tour. Competing in both the small (Prix St. George and Int. I) and big (Int. II and Grand Prix). Coached by Conrad Schumacher, this time provided Sarah with training and competition experience that cannot be replicated here in the US.
Sarah now enjoys training riders of all levels who are interested in learning a clear, classical way to ride and train. In addition, Sarah enjoys competing her own horses, as well as for clients. Sarah teaches regularly in Aiken, SC., as well as traveling out of state for clinics. She has experience coaching FEI Juniors, Young Riders and Para-equestrians at National level competitions. She has also coached students to their Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals.
Sarah and her husband, Jason Hays, a sport horse farrier, are proud parents of Ryder James Hays. Recently relocated to Aiken, SC., the three of them operate 3 Ravens Farm, a private dressage training and sales facility.