Lessons & Training

``To become better, the horse and rider must get out of their comfort zones. I believe in the concept of deliberate practice. Outside of your comfort zone, you will make mistakes. In the process of correcting mistakes is when you learn. If you want people to try, you had better not punish them for mistakes, so I know that I need to be patient, and yet push and encourage. Any instructor needs to know the material cold, or they just add to the seemingly growing confusion of how dressage works. I study all the time. I read, watch videos, do research.``

Twenty minutes south of Harrisburg, and twenty miles north of historic Gettysburg, nestled in country that boasts of legendary trout streams, is Lost Hollow Farm.


Horses of all levels are accepted into training on a limited basis, year-round. Young and unstarted horses are welcome; this is some of the most important work that we do. We also compete horses at all levels for owners who would like their horses to be shown. All of the horses in training are handled only by FEI level rider/trainers. Because we only train a limited number of horses per year, we can afford to provide whatever individualized attention they may need to thrive.


A successful training program cannot be judged by end results alone. It must also be judged by the ethics that govern it and the health of the horses who participate in it. We would gladly open our medical records to any qualified analysis, but we know they rank as high as anywhere in the world. Since moving to Lost Hollow Farm 18 years ago, we have had consistently 15 horses in training at all levels–including FEI Grand Prix-and around 30 overall in our care at any point in time.


A synopsis of the last 18 years of medical care for these horses show zero suspensory injuries, zero check ligament injuries, zero bowed tendons, four splints, one laminitis, zero colic surgeries, and one hock injection for a 19 year old Grand Prix horse.


Please note: The Pennsylvania Riding Academy is a non-smoking facility.

Lessons are available for riders from green to Grand Prix. All levels are welcome: we coach riders who compete as well as those who prefer not to. Riders may ship in, or use one of our schoolmasters. Lesson times are offered on select afternoons and Thursday mornings.


Please note: We recommend that all participants be within the normal range of the Body Mass Index. While we want to encourage riders of all levels, this preliminary consideration can help make the experience most positive for participants, horses and staff.


Paul has helped all levels of riders from all around the world for over thirty years. They are a diverse group as members of various national and international equestrian teams, a North American Endurance Champion, Handicapped champions, as well as riders of various levels with no interest in competition.


Rose has a strong background in biomechanics, Pilates and Yoga, and has competed from First Level to Grand Prix, including all Musical Freestyle levels. She has a wide background of helping many breeds and types of horses become successful in dressage.


Lost Hollow Farm is conveniently located in Central Pennsylvania, within easy driving distance of New Jersey, New York, Virginia and Maryland.
See below for directions.