6600 Maynard Farm Road

Chapel Hill

North Carolina 27516


LynnLeath@aol.com


Office:  919/968-0708

Mobile:  919/270-7060

Lynn’s Students


    Terry Sosa, an adult amateur, heads the U.S. Operations for Biostatistics at Quintiles in Raleigh, NC. She also manages her eight-year old daughter, Robyn, and husband Jeff, who prefers adventure races and triathlons. Terry has owned Wereina, an 8-year old Dutch warmblood mare by Diamond Hit now for over 2 years, who came with only the basics and little show experience.  In this time they have steadily progressed through the levels to now showing successfully at 2nd level.   Wereina is a very willing, sensitive, and smart horse.  She is eager to please the rider as long as you instill confidence in her and make it clear what you are asking for.   It has been very rewarding and fun to work with Lynn on her training and to see her progress.  We have also continued to expand our learning by taking clinics with Cathy Morelli and JJ Tate.  Terry and Wereina were also demonstration horse/rider in a JJ Tate symposium in 2012.   Our focus now is continuing to improve strength and flexibility while working on more collection and true throughness.  Our sights are set on 3rd level next show season. 


CLICK HERE to read Terry's experience training with Lynn.

 
    Donna Christopher has been a student of Lynn's since 1995. When she is not riding, Donna manages three daughters, several horses, ponies, cats, dogs, and one husband at her home in Bahama, as well as two hundred+ employees at Almac Ltd. in Durham, NC. 
    Donna is the proud owner of Landor SB, a 16-year old Oldenburg gelding. She reports that Landor holds his ears sideways and takes a snooze whenever he can. Landor resides at Donna's home in Bahama.
    In 2010, Donna earned her USDF Bronze medal. This same year Donna and Landor were Third level AA reserve champions at the NCDCTA Championships, and placed 3rd at Third level AA in the USDF Region One finals.


    In 2011, Donna and Landor made their Fourth level debut and earned both  scores needed towards their USDF Silver medal.   In 2012, Donna and Landor made their debut at PSG. 

 

             CLICK HERE to read Donna's experience training with Lynn.

 
Liz Bromberg lives outside of Chapel Hill, just a few miles from North Star Training Center. She began taking lessons from Lynn Leath in 2005. With Lynn’s guidance, Liz and her 14-year old Swedish-Trakehner mare, Magda, have learned about dressage together, starting with the basic aids, and slowly but surely working their way up the levels.


  1. 2009: NCDCTA AA First level Championship; NCDCTA AA First level Horse of the Year.

  2. 2010:  Dover Medal Award, top 25 in U.S.; NCDCTA AA Second level Horse of the Year; GAIG/USDF Region 1 AA Second level Championships, 7th place.

  3. 2011: USDF Bronze Medal; NCDCTA AA Third level Horse of the Year.

  4. 2012: NCDCTA AA Third level Championship; GAIG/USDF Region 1 AA Third level Championships, 8th place.

Liz and Magda are currently competing at Fourth level, and hoping to move up to PSG later this year.

 

CLICK HERE to read Liz’s experience training with Lynn

 


Mary von Werne is the trainer Cedar Hill Farm in Moncure, NC.   Mary is currently showing Cameron Fourth level. In 2012 they showed at Dressage in the Sandhills, Capital Dressage Classic, Labor of Love, Pinehurst Fall, and Williamston Harvest Moon.  They ended the year in 4th place in the NCDCTA Fourth level horse of the year.  Mary also earned her USDF Bronze and Silver medal last year.
 

CLICK HERE to read Mary’s experience training with Lynn

Castello was purchased in 2011 by one of Mary’s students, Vanessa Martin.  Mary and Castello debuted at Fourth level at Harvest Moon, where they scored in the 60’s and placed third and a fifth.  In January 2012, they showed PSG at Pinehurst Schooling Show, and placed first and second.


My husband Bob and I have owned RMG Satellite Productions, Inc. – a full service video production company for 20 years.  While I love our profession of providing our clients the communications they need, my passion is dressage, which I “discovered” in my late twenties.  Prior to that I was your typical back yard horse person with no instruction or direction.  I was exposed to the methodology of dressage at Wonderland Farms as a working student and have been pursuing the “art of dressage” ever since.


In my efforts to learn and understand dressage, I took advantage of working student opportunities in the mid-eighties with Michael Poulin and also in Germany, where I saw the “big names” compete and realized that this sport is not based on strength, but on the skill and technique of the rider.  Since then I have been working toward learning as much as I can about the sport.  A portion of that learning has included participating in the USDF Learner Judge program, which I passed with distinction.  Another aspect of my learning has been volunteering to scribe for judges at competitions, which provides me with much insight into dressage.


As an amateur I have always sought instruction on as regular a basis as my bank account could afford and have done numerous clinics over the years.  After I found my horse Murano who had been trained by a professional I enjoyed success with him in competition at Second Level our first year together – winning NCDCTA AA Horse of the Year in 2007 and placing in the Region 1 USDF AA Regional Finals.  As we progressed up the levels we still enjoyed competitive success with HOY Reserve Champion at Third Level in 2009 and Fourth Level in 2010.  However, in my riding and training efforts I was hitting a wall and seemed unable to progress into FEI.  That’s when I started to work with Lynn.


Lynn’s experience in training to GP plus her eye for what is correct has been instrumental in making a difference in my seat and riding technique, which has really improved how Murano works with me plus the development of his muscles and topline.  She has enabled me to find the feel for what is good and be able to replicate it with Murano.  Her coaching skills are very positive, but honest.  Our progress together has been a very rewarding path, and gives me hope that I will make my goal of competing Murano at PSG before I become a senior citizen!


                                                                CLICK HERE to read Kathy’s experience training with Lynn

 
Laurie Weiser, DVM is the owner of Pittsboro Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Pittsboro, NC, and Blume Farm, a small Hanoverian breeding farm in Silk Hope, NC.   Her small breeding program descends from her imported Elite Hanoverian mare     EM/SPA Dorfblume (Davignon-Matcho-Garibaldi). 


Laurie is currently competing her home bred mare EM Roseblume (Rotspon-Davignon-Matcho) with the goal of second level in 2012. 


        CLICK HERE to read about Laurie’s experience training with Lynn

 
Another successful home bred is German sport pony Borealis Blume (BF Oliver Twist-Davignon-Matcho), ridden and competed by her friend Lauraine Rivier.  They too have the goal of competing second level in 2012 after having placed 4th in the NCDCTA First Level AA awards.  Also look for her youngest home bred, Rhodayo Blume (Rousseau-Davignon-Matcho), in the 3-year old Materiale Classes in 2012. 


Blume Farm is also home to a family of canines, Giuseppa (Lagotto Romagnolo), Cha Cha (Pug), Olive (Boxer X), Bob (Hound X) and Loki (Border Collie X).

 


Catelin Brown is a paralegal with a small law firm in Cary. She has been riding with Lynn since November of 2010 after she made the move to Wake Forest from Arlington, Virginia.


She brought with her two geldings: Black Ice, “Buddy”,  (left above) an Arabian/Trakehner and DMD Don Juan, “DJ”, (left below) a Polish Arabian.


As a Jr/YR, Catelin and Buddy were Champions at the 2006 BLM Championships for Training Level, as well as 7th place at the USDF Region 1 Championships. In 2008, the pair again placed 7th at First Level at the BLMs. DJ and Catelin also had a successful career as a Jr/YR placing 7th at the 2005 USDF Region 1 Championships at First Level, and at 2006 BLMs at Second Level.


Catelin has taken both horses on the Arabian circuit as well, and garnered many Regional and
National Titles with her boys. In 2011, Catelin and Buddy went out together for their first year as AA’s winning some of her Second Level classes and a Dover Medal class too!


This year, both horses are schooling Third Level in order to help Catelin finish her requirements for her USDF Bronze Medal.


            CLICK HERE to read about Catelin’s experience training with Lynn

 


Jennifer West moved to Durham in 2012 with her husband Brian,  son Scott, and Dutch Warmblood gelding, Kashmir.  Jennifer is the Fitzpatrick Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke.  She conducts research in biomaterials – designing synthetic materials for specific functions in medicine.  For example, she has developed nanoparticles that can be injected intravenously, accumulate specifically at tumor sites, and then destroy tumor cells when activated with infrared light, minimizing damage to normal tissues.  This cancer therapy is now in two human clinical trials.  Kashmir is a very sweet and patient schoolmaster who is loving life at North Star Training Center
 




Dawn Weniger, USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist, is owner and trainer at Firstview Farm, Apex, NC.  A student of NSTC for over 20 years, Dawn is currently competing Don Derrick, a horse she found in Belgium as a 2-year-old.  At 8, Derrick was USDF national champion for Second Level Freestyle, and 16th in the nation at 3rd Level.  At 9, he debuted at Fourth Level and Prix St. Georges.

 

Sarah Dweikat is enjoying her junior year at UNC Chapel Hill, majoring in chemistry.  Her hometown is Lincoln, Nebraska, and she has been riding her Friesian, Auke, for the past four years.  They are currently showing fourth level, and hoping to start work on the Prix St. George movements in the coming year.  Over the past four years Sarah has brought Auke up from first level, achieving her bronze medal with him.  Sarah is also a runner, competing in cross country and distance track in high school and also for UNL her freshman year.

I started riding at a young age when my mother took me for weekly riding lessons and it wasn't long before I was asking for a horse of my own.   For most of my riding career, I did lower level eventing with my homebred Connemara/TB cross Smalltalk.   When it came time to retire my mare, I got my current horse Boost...an off the track TB.    At this stage of my life, I decided to pursue dressage with Boost and with Lynn's help, have been working on my posture and position as well as sharpening my aids to improve my dressage scores.  Lynn has really helped me towards my goal of elegance & harmony as a horse & rider team in the dressage arena.  


Connie Harter


CLICK HERE to read about Connie’s experience training with Lynn