6600 Maynard Farm Road

Chapel Hill

North Carolina 27516


LynnLeath@aol.com


Office:  919/968-0708

Mobile:  919/270-7060

Testimonials

    Lynn and I first teamed up in 1999 to help her mare, Stripteeze Artist, get back to full-performance. I could tell immediately that Lynn was very serious about her work; she wanted to understand every detail regarding our diagnostic plan and treatment strategy for "Stripper".

    I have always been a big believer in client education, with the opinion that riders who are intimately aware of their horses' physical health will be more successful in their respective discipline. Lynn also carries this conviction, not only for her own horses but those of her students. She is an integral part of all of the work that we conduct at North Star Training Center, and together we have raised the standard of performance of each horse participating in her program.

     In addition to being my professional partner, Lynn has also been an effective teacher. Since the majority of my early veterinary experience was related to racing performance/surgery, my knowledge of dressage was somewhat limited. Lynn has helped me to better understand the discipline of dressage, which in turn has greatly enhanced my ability to serve our clients. Our practice has since evolved to encompass almost 85% dressage competitors.

     We are proud to have Lynn as our "go-to" dressage trainer, and frequently refer client inquiries and requests to her realm of expertise. I can trust Lynn's judgement and know that she will handle each situation with the utmost professionalism and concern.

Dr. Bob Grisel

   I first met Lynn Leath in 2000.  With me on the ground, and her riding, we have brought two of her horses to Grand Prix.  Through this journey together, Lynn has made me be a much better teacher since she insisted that I always explain in detail what I was having her do, and why I was having her to do it.  Lynn’s persistence and eye for detail has made me a better teacher, trainer, and coach.  I am so proud of the job she has done with her present Grand Prix horse, d’Artagnan.  The icing on the cake is that Lynn and I communicate so well that she is fabulous at giving me feedback while I ride my Grand Prix horse BeSe.  

    We both are hard workers and have a blast training horses together.  Lynn has the ability to identify areas that need improvement in both her students, and their horses, and gives clear instructions on how to improve them.  I feel her students are very fortunate to have Lynn as a teacher.

Cathy Morelli


"I have been riding with Lynn since 1995 and she has taught me everything I know about your dressage. The most significant part of this journey has been the last few years during the time that I have had the opportunity to a wonderful Grand Prix schoolmaster named Doublet. When I bought Doublet almost 5 years ago, I was a first level rider who was not focused on competing I knew nothing about the higher levels of of dressage. So, it is safe to say that I did not know what I was getting myself into and what my overall "plan" was, but I trusted Lynn when she told me I needed to buy this horse!


Fast forward to today, I successfully competed all the way through Grand Prix, completed my USDF Silver Medal and looking to hopefully complete my Gold Medal. I have competed in shows that before would have been far too intimidating for me, such as that Raleigh CDI and the Region 1 Championships. I can now clearly understand her motives back then and I've come to realize how lucky I was to get the opportunity to buy Doublet.


But, having a nearly perfect horse for a teacher is not the full recipe for success. You also need a great coach that can provide you a program that fits your specific short term and long term needs, and that is exactly what Lynn did for me. Lynn has had to push me to challenge myself, mentally and physically, and take full advantage of the opportunity I've had with Doublet. She has taught me how to refine my skills to the minute level you need to ride at the FEI levels.


Some people may think with the Grand Prix schoolmaster that these past few years of my riding have been easy. But the reality is that they have by far been the most challenging. Lynn has been instrumental in keeping me on that path, teaching me not to give up and to apply myself 110% for each step in achieving my goal. I could not have done it without her!"

 

Terry Sosa


"I have been a student of Lynn’s since 1995 and we have shared many laughs and good times over the years.  A part of Lynn’s teaching style that I deeply respect is her honesty.  She takes the time to give good, honest feedback.  If there is work to be done to improve she will let you know in a way that is encouraging.  And when Lynn says something is good, you know it is good.  

    Lynn’s attention to the smallest of details is key to her success and that of her students and she willingly shares this information.  In addition to learning how to ride, I have learned how to show my horse, ride accurate tests and present them to the judge in a professional manner.  I especially enjoy schooling the tests because she helps you develop a strategy for each move, sometimes down to the stride. I always feel prepared entering the show arena.  

    Lynn loves to see her students succeed and puts in the effort to make it happen.  I have ridden with her in 20°F and 100°F, during thunderstorms (thank goodness for the covered arena) and snow storms, at 7am and at 7pm.  She works her schedule around your needs and is dependable.  I don’t ever recall her canceling a lesson.  

    Lynn has students competing at all levels (training level through I1) on a wide range of horses with respect to breeding and talent. She has students with young horses, some with schoolmasters, others with horses from home breeding programs and even a few ponies.  These horses end up having one thing in common, which is that they are all competitive.  There is no requirement for a fancy, expensive warmblood.  If your horse is sound, she can improve your riding and your horse’s way of going."

 

Donna Christopher

Lynn has given me a correct foundation in the basics, and helped me to become a more independent rider. I am able to learn and progress, even without constant supervision, because of the solid education that Lynn has provided – I know when things are going right, and when it’s time to make a change. I keep my horse at home, so I school on my own, and often attend clinics and shows by myself. These experiences are fun and constructive because Lynn has given me the knowledge and confidence to find my own way when I need to.

    As a result of our many years of weekly lessons and clinics, Lynn has also enabled me and my mare to learn and progress together as a team. Neither of us came to her with the benefit of prior experience. This posed a tremendous challenge for Lynn –to train a green rider on a green horse. But Lynn succeeded in providing us both with the guidance and support that allowed us to graduate from green-as-grass to Third level.  Lynn was able to train me, and then to train my horse “through” me, giving me maximum time and experience in the saddle, and still helping my horse to learn.

    Lynn has also taught me the importance of feeling balance and harmony with my horse. As my riding has progressed, my horse has grown increasingly fit, beautiful, and happy in her work. Even as the training demands have intensified, the mare has become more enthusiastic and ride-able. Every training session is a pleasure.

    Lynn is a positive and supportive instructor. She provides constructive feedback, helps define realistic goals, and has gently encouraged me and my horse to learn and progress well beyond my expectations.

 

Liz Bromberg

"Peace of mind is yours when you board your horse at NSTC. Lynn and her team run a first-class facility and training program that allows both horse and rider to feel comfortable and see their progress, both in the training and in the horse's health and care.

    At NSTC, the care is tailored to each horse, depending on their individual needs. At NSTC they go above and beyond the basic needs of the horse and extend the care and treatment to keep each horse as comfortable as possible; it's truly a horse's paradise.

    Lynn's passion for horses and dressage is manifested as she genuinely cares about each horse and rider that she takes under her wing-- she is one of the most dedicated horse enthusiasts and business women I know."

 

Bonnie Efird

   “After having spent an entire decade as a student in higher education (BA, BS, DVM) I am quite critical of an instructors ability to truly teach.  It is an art to be able to communicate the different nuances of dressage technique, feel and training tools. 

    Lynn has a "toolbox" of training that is vast.  She has been able to effectively use that "toolbox" to help me work through a multitude of training obstacles as a true AA!  I have grown from being a "passive" rider on top of my mare to one that is in control of each ride and actually training my horse.  Through all this she has been patient, yet appropriately demanding to help me achieve my riding goals. 

    In addition, Lynn has an absolutely amazing group of long time AA students that lend support, laughs, and commiseration during our active show season.  This "dressage family" has been a real bonus to all the sweat (and it's a lot on a hot southern summer day), tears, and money spent on this crazy passion of a hobby we call dressage!”    

 

Laurie Weiser

Kathy was “successful” in the competition world but she realized she was struggling with her harmony with Murano as she progressed up the levels.  Something was missing and out of whack in her training efforts with her horse.  Kathy had worked with several trainers over the years and also participated in many clinics with well-known clinicians.   She realized that the “picture” looked good, but true progress in the work was not happening.  After watching Lynn school her students at a show, she decided to give her a try. 

    Lynn has helped her to truly get to the basics and re-build the communication between herself and her horse.  Through this process Murano has dramatically improved his muscle structure and fitness, and now listens and responds correctly to the aids.   It has been the trained eye and positive guiding methodology of Lynn’s teaching that has enabled Kathy to begin to see the way to progress to the FEI level with Murano.  She looks forward to reaching her goal of PSG before becoming a senior citizen!

 

Kathy Gubar

    ”As a Jr/YR I was very successful at Training and First level with multiple horses. When the time came to make the move to Second level, the jump was hard. I couldn’t figure out why my scores were so low when I thought my horse and I had successfully completed the movements required. This was very disheartening because it didn’t happen on only one horse.

    When I came to NSTC in 2010, my dressage world was rocked! Lynn showed me all the (many) pieces that were missing in my training. With her kind, positive and lively teaching style she has opened my eyes to the true depths of this sport. There was so much more to learn, teach and achieve while in the saddle. I can ask questions without the fear of being laughed at or criticized for not knowing the answer. When something does not click, she will find a way to relate the issue by rewording or doing a demonstration herself. Every lesson has a purpose and the focus is completely on the student and their horse. Goals are set for each lesson, which includes homework, in order to achieve the “ah ha!” moments for next time.

    I have learned so much and been able to relate it to both of my current horses in a short amount of time. Both horses are moving better than ever, and the proof is in the pudding with the scores I have received! I love my lessons and showing with Lynn. I am excited to continue learning something new in a positive and encouraging atmosphere at NSTC!”

 

Catelin Brown

 
  " Lynn has really helped me to think more as a trainer and not just a rider. The foundation work that we are laying is to train my horse to Grand Prix, not just the level that I am working on now. Lynn has really helped me to focus on the rideability of my horse, not just the movements or the exercises. My horse’s gaits have improved because of the new level of throughness, rideability and softness.

     Lynn helps to push me to that higher level of performance with my horse. I am able to gather those "moments" during my lessons so that I go home and work on them and strive to achieve more of those "moments" on my own. As a result, my scores have improved and we are continuing to move up the levels.

 

Bonnie Gibson

I honestly believe that it was practicing the techniques you gave me at our last lesson with the concentrated breathing, especially exhaling, and keeping my legs and upper body still and focusing on the middle portion of my torso moving with the horse that allowed us to perform.    Otherwise I think it could have very easily ended up similar to the explosion that occurred at the Fork horse trials.   Instead of that horrible ending, we ended our show with a 62.9% ... our best score yet at a recognized show doing first level!
 

Connie Harter

Lynn has completely changed my riding for the better.  When I began riding with her in 2007, I had been training mostly hunters and had plenty of experience riding dressage but not with the level of precision and feel that Lynn teaches.  She taught me how to ride the horse and not just ride the movements.  I've learned how to keep my horses supple, energetic, and happy as they progress up the levels.  Lynn is a great instructor and has been able to help me and give me wonderful suggestions with all the horses I have brought to her, which has been many.  The training program she teaches involves good basics and not cutting corners and you see real results with your horse after each lesson.  I love riding with Lynn!
 

Mary von Werne

“A riding acquaintance recently asked me what it’s like to have a horse in training. She knew that I have two horses with Lynn at NSTC, so I guess she was really asking about what it’s like to train with Lynn. But I thought back to other trainers I’ve been with, and I had to say that training with Lynn is different (and better) than training has been for me when I’ve trained with other people.


Things that Lynn does:

  1. 1. •Teach each horse and rider, no matter how humble their beginning point is

  2. 2. •Help each horse and rider improve

  3. 3. •Analyze what's going on with each horse and rider

  4. 4. •Change the analysis when the situation changes

  5. 5. •Praise every accomplishment (no matter how small)

  6. 6. •Support each rider's adventure with dressage

  7. 7. •Stop when the horse or rider has had enough

  8. 8. •Communicate her own expertise effectively

  9. 9. •Develop a training schedule for each horse

  10. 10. •Follow up on each horse's work and progress

  11. 11. •Expose students to other excellent riders/coaches

  12. 12. •Show up on time for lessons (believe me, some trainers don't!)

  13. 13. •Stand by and supports her students at shows (ditto)

  14. 14. •Manage the barn effectively and efficiently, with the horses' interests as her top concern


                      Things that Lynn doesn't do:

  1. 1. •Belittle horse or rider

  2. 2. •Say "why can't you do it?" with no further explanation of what to do

  3. 3. •Spend most of the lesson talking to other people

  4. 4. •Forget (?) to ride the horse when scheduled to do so

        Lynn is one of the most sensitive-to-animals people I've ever met. My old horse adores her, my young horse loves and respects her, and my dogs throw themselves at her when she visits my house. I trust her completely with my animal treasures.


        Her hospitality to me and to all her students is wonderful. I moved to North Carolina from the Boston area in 2002, didn't know a soul except for the people at work. Lynn welcomed me and my horse to her farm, and has made me feel like a new place is home, after a very short time. I will always value my experience at NSTC, Lynn's friendship, and all of the learning she has helped me to do.”

 

Pat McDaniels

I do want to tell you that 2013 has been an amazing year for me.   My first year competing at recognized dressage shows with Boost has been filled with awesome memories...your coaching me through my nerves, my improved scores, getting a blue ribbon!!!!   Several people who've been watching me & Boost progress over the years came to me this past year to tell me how good I looked and how much Boost & I have improved and I owe that to YOU!   Thank you for making me a better rider and making riding and showing so much fun.  I can't express my sincere appreciation in words to you for making 2013 such a fabulous year.
 

Connie Harter