Brendan Curtis Bio
Brendan began riding at the age of 10 at Reddemeade Equestrian Center in Silver Spring MD. He was fortunate to have early inluence on his dressage career from the likes of Walter Zettel, Ulf Wiltfang and Hank Hutson.
In the fall of 2001, Brendan accepted a working student position with Felicitas von Neuman Cosel of First Choice Farm in Woodbine MD. In addition to receiving an invaluable education in classical dressage, he recieved the opportunity to show several horses through 4th level under Felicitas's watchful eye, including the lusitano stallion Jalifa GS on whom he earned his USDF Bronze medal.
In the spring of 2007 Brendan accepted a job with Jim Koford of Koford Dressage in Fuquay Varina North Carolina as an assistant trainer. During his time with Jim, he showed many horses and coached students from training level to grand prix earning his USDF silver and gold medals along the way. Brendan was also able to benefit from clinics with Lars Peterson, Axel Steiner, and Conrad Schumacher.
In the fall of 2009 Brendan moved to Blossom Ferry Farm in Rocky Point North Carolina to start developing his own business. Continued his training with Scott Hassler, Hank Von Bergen
In 2011 Brendan moved to south central Pennsylvania and established Curtis Dressage LLC. First working out of Graemont Farm, then Killdeer Farm before settling into Flint Rock Stables in Lititz PA in the early summer of 2014. Continued his training with Chris Hickey and then Michael Barisone.
Brendan has been fortunate enough to have been involved with programs such as Harmony Sport Horses/Hassler Dressages Young Dressage Horse Trainers Symposium, Robert Dovers "Search for Americas Next Equestrian Star", USDF's "Sporthorse Prospect Development Forum", has competed at regional championships through Intermediare II, shown young horses in hand to national year end awards and championships including being awarded "Best Handler" at the Dressage at Devon breed show in 2012, qualified and competed multiple horses in the Markel National Young Horse Championship, presented stallions for approval through mutiple breed organizations and has students competing in both the FEI levels of dressage and eventing.
At Curtis Dressage there is a special focus on the correct development of the young horse towards success in the FEI arena. We are currently accepting new clients on a limited basis, for sales promotion, training or competition. Please contact Brendan at email@example.com directly for rates and availability.