About Leslie Hicks . . .
Leslie has over 30 years experience training horses and people of all ages, from all stages
of development. She brought several of her mounts from unbroken, up through the levels, to Advanced.
At the age of 3, Leslie started riding in the California desert. She learned at a young age that if you lose your horse, it's a long walk home. From that start, she had the good fortune of riding with many wonderful riding instructors, and in the early 1970's, became a working student for Dianne Olds (now Olds Rossi).
Dianne is a trainer of exhibition dressage horses, and performed for many years as the principal rider in the Lippizzaner shows, riding one of many Andalusian Stallions she had in training.
Dianne is also one of a very select few who trained with the Dressage great Nuno Oliveira. Dianne also trained horses for Walt Disney.
After many years with Dianne, Leslie left to work with Monte Foreman from Colorado, who stimulated her interest in starting young horses. For anyone old enough to remember Monte, and know his methods, he is the original "horse whisperer."
In 1979, Leslie came East and started her own business, in Jefferson, Massachusetts. She spent part of each year in Massachusetts and her farm in Citra, Florida. Then in 2005, Leslie moved her entire operation to Florida permanently.
Leslie has had the pleasure of working with the best in the business, and owes much of her knowledge and success to riding with Bruce Davidson, Stephie Baer, Barend Heilbron, Mary Hazzard and Donnon Sharpe.
Leslie has also ridden in numerous clinics over the years with Jimmy Williams, Mark Phillips, Jimmy Wofford, Lucienda Green, Eric Smiley, and Torrance Watkins, just to name a few.
Leslie is available for clinics and accepts all breeds in for saddle breaking and training.