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The certified trainer, designated an International Mas- ter by Japan's Master Trainer, has devoted her life to horses. Remington started riding when she was five years old and just wanted to be with horses. A horse of her own was not a possibility on her family's modest income, but she was able to take lessons from age five to 11. By 11 years old, the young girl was working at Thunder- head Stables in Chatsworth, California to pay for her lessons and have the opportunity to work with horses. Moving on to Sleepy Hollow Stables, Remington worked and studied under Hunter/Jump Trainer, Barbara Wilkins. She was fine tuned in dressage, hunter and jumper and showed at Grand Prix levels from 1968 to 1972. At 16, Remington was paid to show horses for their owners. Her fees helped support her own lessons and pro- vide money for her to purchase horses. Over the years, she sharpened her equestrian skills while working at the Los Angeles Children's Riding School and the Los Angeles Equestrian Center where the Van Dahn International Tradi- tional Equitation School is held. She stopped showing in 1973 and devoted her attention and training to Dressage until 1977 when she "fell in love" while watching an exhibit of Western Reining. "It was wild," she says. Remington calls Western Reining "Dres- sage of the West." A supple, athletic horse is required for the figure eights, flying changes, roll backs, sliding stops and spins where the horse pivots on one hind leg. As in Dres- sage, the Western Reining horse is an athlete, and with both the trainer says, "when you control the haunches, you control the horse." Always student as well as teacher, Remington took Western Reining lessons and rode in com- petition. Devoted to horses and the people who love them, Remington continued to do what she loved for her life's work and success followed. In 1987, she opened Remington Riding Academy in Shadow Hills, California. Special Discount Installation $10 per month Equipment Rental In 1992, Remington was approached by the Japanese government during their search for trainers to go to Japan. Impressed with her performance, she was asked, "'Can you be on a plane to Japan next week?" "Yes," she said, eager to work with Takashi Watanabe, the owner of Japan's Quarter Horse Association and the person revered as his country's Master Trainer. The Master tested the American trainer by giving her horses to ride he could not handle. Utilizing all her hard won skills, Remington trained the "untrainable" horses. During a public presentation, Watanabe said, "You are the Master Trainer." "It was the most thrilling moment of my life," Remington says. The trainer was sent to various areas of Japan to hold clinics where she trained Trainers in Western Reining, Western Pleasure, English Pleasure and Dressage. At the government owned stable in Kobuchizawa, Remington met Masahiro Okamoto and his wife. The steel magnate asked the government to allow Remington to give him private lessons for two months to prepare him for a large national riding competition, the "'Amateur Open." Permission was granted. "I was treated like a queen," Remington says. "Every- where I went people were so gracious and always gave me special treatment. It was the most wonderful experience of my life. I'1t always remember it." The trainer was special. In the "Amateur Open," Mr. Okamoto competed against Master Watanabe's star stu- dent. Remington's student won the gold medal. Remington returned to her riding academy, but her reputation lived on. In 1994, six Japanese traveled to Cali- fornia to take riding lessons from the winning trainer. Escaping smog and con- gestion and finding Pahrump a horse friendly community, Remington moved here in July 1996, and has since opened Desert Winds Train- ing Center. She is a certified instructor with many awards including a special award in recognition of her "Methods of Training Horses." Of more interest to local horse owners, is Remington's 23 years of experience training horses and 18 years training riders. The trainer stresses safety for both rider and horse, and she trains every horse to training level or first level dressage to achieve balance, suppleness, muscle tone and obedience. "When. I see a rider and horse come together in perfect harmony I know the ultimate goal of training has been achieved," she says. Patience and time are required to reach this goal. Dressage is the premier example of its attainment. The five acre training center has an official dressage arena and several shaded stalls. In progress is a fast condi- tioning track, round pens, turn outs and a hot walker. There will also be a small hunter course, a training barn housing four horses, and loafing sheds with runs for eight horses. Remington is currently training horses and giving riding lessons. She will also offer six week courses for horse trainers and riding instructors with a certificate awarded at the successful completion of the course. The tainer will train horse and rider together and will consider training at the owner's site. She can be contacted at 751- 1618. Asked what motivates her to establish a new equestrian center, Remington said, "I love horses. All breeds. All kinds. Horses are one of the most gorgeous creatures God ever created. When I work a long time and the horse finally understands what I want, I get a feeling that cannot be compared to. I get such great satisfaction when I see people ride and enjoy horses." TRAINING-Dorothy Remington working with her Andalusian gelding, Viento De La Coazo, 6, at Desert Winds Training Center. photo by Patti Babcock :Oriental Futons Furniture Gifts A Beautiful... 1997' Oriental Calendar!! & a getter Opener!! 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