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Iris Eppinger / (386) 867-1591 /

Iris Eppinger has graciously donated 2 Dressage lessons. Iris owns Sunshine Dressage and is a USDF gold medalist based in Charleston, SC. Iris grew up in Germany where her family has been training international jumpers and dressage horses for over 50 years. She began working with Valhalla Farm in 1995, and permanently relocated to the United States in 2006. Iris began competing at the age of six, and participated in upper-level dressage and jumping until the age of 25, when dressage became her main focus. Instead of forcing horses to conform to one method, Iris has a passion for fluidity, finding methods to work for each horse as an individual. Her methods brought ATA Trakehner stallion Tanzeln *Ps* back from a terrible injury to joyfully competing at Intermediaire I in dressage and working on Grand Prix. Her passion for making horses' lives better, encouraged her to pursue degrees in equine sports therapy, including acupressure, muscle therapy and acupuncture. Iris incorporates these skills into her training as well as including natural horsemanship, the Linda Tellington-Jones method, long lining and work in-hand. She believes it is important to regularly work the horses in different environments, so she utilizes fields and trails. Iris has trained many horses and people to the FEI levels and has had great competitive success in the United States and Germany, winning many awards and championships. Iris has developed her methods for training piaffe and passage from many visits to Spain and Portugal, where she travels to find horses to import to the United States. Besides warmbloods, she has an affinity for baroque breeds and has imported several Andalusians and Lusitanos to the US for training and resale. Iris emphasizes the importance of horses and riders having a good relationship. Iris enjoys teaching and has a degree in Reitpaedagogik. This focuses on the psychology behind riding and teaching, to help students understand how to successfully and effectively communicate with their horse. She is available for lessons at home in Charleston, SC but often travels to North Carolina, Georgia and Florida to show and teach clinics. To schedule an appointment or to talk about locations for these lessons, please email or call Iris at (386) 867-1591.
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