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Experience: 

  • Assistant FEI Trainer/Rider at Dancer Dressage in Millstone, NJ
  • Started riding dressage at age 8, has been training with Jaime since 2005
  • USDF Bronze and Silver Medals
  • Qualified for USDF Region 1 FEI Young Rider Team in 2010
  • 2010 ESDCTA Year End Jr/YR Intermediate I Champion
  • 2013 ESDCTA Intermediate I Open Champion, after successfully rehabilitating her horse from an injured suspensory
  • 2016 ESDCTA Training Level Open Reserve Champion
  • 2016 ESDCTA Year End Training Level Open Champion
  • Has successfully competed, and even won year-end championships at Training, First, Second, and Third Levels on several different horses while working with Jaime Dancer at Dancer Dressage
  • Has gained experience training young horses and giving them their first show experience
  • While working with Jaime, Melissa has also taken lessons with Lendon Gray, Eiren Crawford, Michael Barisone, Lars Petersen, Scott Hassler, and Heather Mason
  • Melissa graduated from Rutgers University in January 2011 with a degree in Animal Science, concentrating in Equine Science, and a Minor in Spanish.  Melissa also has a passion for teaching, and she has many years of experience teaching beginner students of all ages.

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  • Amateur Equestrian
    January 11, 2018 at 2:54 am
    5 /5

    Melissa Reese, and her training program with Jaime Dancer at Dancer Dressage in Millstone, NJ, has been tested extensively over a 3+ month period and receives our Amateur Equestrian 5-Star Rocket Approval Rating.

    We’ve had the pleasure of not only observing but training with Grand Prix and Silver/Bronze medalist rider/trainer Melissa Reese and we have only the best feedback to give! Not only is she an excellent rider, taking young horses, including her own, all the way to the top, Melissa excels as an instructor helping her students gain confidence and the foundational skills needed to truly connect with their horse and move up the levels.

    Extremely talented at guiding upper level students, she also has a great understanding of the challenges and struggles beginner riders face allowing her to develop a method of training that allows them to progress at a level that is comfortable and right for them. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve got a young horse moving up the levels, Melissa is an excellent choice to help you and your horse to reach your potential.

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