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 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 three times. 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.
She spent over two years living, training and competing her two FEI horses Format and Woodman in Europe. 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.
In 2001, Sarah accepted the head rider position at Michael Klimke’s and later with Ralph Michael Rash (Former Director of the German Riding School). Under their expert guidance Sarah spent the next year training horses for show and sale.
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 both her own horse as well as for clients. Sarah teaches clinics regularly in North Denver as well as traveling out of state. Her and her students have won numerous local and regional championships as well as several Horse of the Year titles. She has experience coaching FEI Juniors, Young Riders and Para-equestrians at National level competitions. And she has also coached students to their Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals.
Sarah and husband Jason Hays are proud parents of Ryder James Hays, born in 2011. Sarah is an active member in the Rocky Mountain Dressage Society (RMDS) and currently holds the Board position of Professionals Chair. She was instrumental in coordinating the Trainer’s Dinner at 2016 and 2017 RMDS Championships, and is actively promoting the professionals in the Rocky Mountain region with clinics and recognition.