Alyssa Pagon Pitts is a successful and active Grand Prix trainer and competitor
who has participated in the USEF Talent Search and a USEF Elite Rider
clinics. She is also a USDF L judge
program graduate with distinction and USEF "r" judge candidate. She
is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist.
A self-made rider and trainer, Alyssa has gained a reputation for good horsemanship and skillful riding by
achieving repeated successes with many different horses. Notably, she has taken some very difficult
"problem" horses and turned them into very successful and competitive show horses. Alyssa is also
very adept in training and bringing along green horses.
Alyssa is a serious and dedicated trainer and rider with high aspirations. Horses trained by Alyssa
have a high degree of rideability while also being developed to the best of their athletic abilities.
Alyssa is also a sought after instructor and clinician with a positive approach to teaching. Her students have
been very successful in the show ring as well as in their relationships with their horses. Alyssa has
coached several CDS Junior Champions and her students have also been quite successful at the CDS/USDF
Although Alyssa enjoys showing and competing, it is not the be all, end all of her training and her focus.
She takes pride in developing horses and riders, regardless of their competitive aspirations. Beginners
through advanced riders are welcome, and AP Dressage does offer lessons on school horses for those without
horses. Horses of all levels and breeds are welcome as well.
Alyssa has been influenced by many trainers and schools of thought; in particular,
like to give special mention to
Randy Leighton. Randy's lessons have been countless
and powerful, and they define Alyssa's approach to horses. It is a system
that is based on timing
and feel and that treats each horse as an individual and partner.
She clinics regularly with piaffe/passage specialist Alfredo Hernandez, and
she also tries to clinic on a regular basis with Steffen Peters.
She has taken clinics with Debbie
McDonald, Heike Kemmer, Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg,
and FEI "O" judge Axel Steiner.
Alyssa trains and teaches out of Cedar Meadow Farm
located in Echo Lake, between Snohomish and Woodinville.
The facility is within easy driving distance of the greater
Seattle area, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville, Snohomish, Monroe, etc.
The quality facilities include arenas and footing designed and
installed by footing specialist, Mark Rowley. There is a covered arena with
mirrors and lights, and a huge, literally all weather outdoor arena
that easily contains a standard dressage court. Every stall has an attached
run with excellent
mud free footing, and there are large grass pastures for turnout as
Alyssa is available for lessons and training at Cedar Meadow Farm. Students
are welcome to trailer in for lessons as well.
Before deciding to pursue dressage seriously, Alyssa competed in three day eventing and schooled jumpers.
She grew up going through the ranks of Pony Club in Washington state, attaining the "B" rating at the age of 16.
After achieving her "B" rating, Alyssa took some time off from riding to competitively play basketball, soccer,
and run track, including helping her team to win the basketball state championships and placing 2nd in the state
track meet in the 800m.
Alyssa went on to run track and cross country at Stanford University, graduating with a bachelors in English. Halfway
through college, she felt that something very important was missing in her life, and she found horses again...the
rest is history...