American Sporthorse Staff

Alexsandra Howard    Anne Howard   Erica Poseley

Alexsandra "Sandy" Howard has a long and successful equestrian career including representing the USA in international dressage competitions (Olympic and World Championships) on three European tours. Her outstanding California-bred Thoroughbred gelding Bull Market was one of the powerhouses of US dressage during the 70's and 80's and helped to get dressage freestyle started in this country with electrifying performances at Devon, Knoll Farm and IEO York. 

She developed the horses Maxel, William, and Leverage to FEI levels before they moved onto rewarding careers as schoolmasters for other riders.

On her next FEI horse, the imported Swedish stallion Pilgrim, she continued to claim many state and national titles including the national Freestyle Championship with her well-known musical ride to The Stripper. On offspring of Pilgrim, she has competed in combined driving and dressage. She is currently developing 3 horses: Euro Pro Iko (ISR by Ideal) at PSG ant I-1, Hacedero (Trak by Hailo) is schooling I-2 and Rondo (DWB by Kennedy) will be showing 2nd and 4rd level this year. She also recently bought a promising youngster in Germany Dash.

An "S" level judge, Sandy regularly conducts "L" judge learning programs as a USDF Faculty member in addition to regular judging duties. In 1990, intrigued by the questions posed during a CDS Annual Meeting lecture, she began a very rewarding collaboration with Mary Wanless on developing an advanced understanding of the biomechanics of the effective dressage seat. She clinics around the States incorporating this revolutionary approach with traditional dressage training teaching riders of all levels. 

  • Owner, American Sporthorse
  • Instructor with effective communication style addressing the "how" of lessons
  • Breeder of sporthorses
  • Former California Dressage Society president and board member
  • 3-time USET member (Olympic & World Championship teams, '78, '80, '82)
  • Combined driving enthusiast, 
  • Founder and President of CDS's APTI Program.
  • Successful hunter/jumper rider before starting dressage with Kyra Downton in 1967
  • Always furthering her riding education, riding in clinics with top international trainers
  • Check out her Clinic Schedule and what her students say about her. 



Hosting Anders Lindgren Clinics for years




Sandy & Bull Market at Devon

Driving at a CDE

Schooling Hacedero




Posh at 4

Regional Championships with Banner

Pacho at 7, 1st Level FS Region Ch.



Anne Howard, MPT combines her physical therapy skills with her background in dressage and eventing to present a unique combination of skills to assist the dressage or eventing student. She assisted in making the Mary Wanless video "A Riders Guide to Body Awareness" in 1996 and presents clinics and seminars on many issues facing the athletic rider, including Spinal Stabilization, Flexibility, Asymmetry Correction, Body Awareness, and basic strengthening.  Her advanced therapy skills enable her to pinpoint the structural or coordination problems that need to be addressed. Anne has limited clinics around the country with emphasis on fine tuning the rider's seat and position as a tool to better communication with the horse. Recently her interests have expanded to include equine rehabilitation and manual therapy to increase the horse's potential as well as the rider.

She competes primarily in dressage on homebred Swedish-TB gelding Posh and the young Dutch gelding Euro Pro Pacho.


Here is her equestrian resume and some comments from her students say about her.




Erica Poseley
Lunging Specialist

The first thing you'll do if riding in Europe will be hours
on the lunge doing exercises -- I went to Europe for 
advanced and specific education in this art so you don't 
have to!!
The best approach to improve your seat and
effectiveness is through skilled lunge lessons with an expert!

I can help you find your elegant, balanced and effective 
seat that will make you, your horse and your regular 
instructor very happy. I have chosen to focus on teaching 
seat and position to help the trainers produce better riders. 
My own dressage skills are very competent through 4th 
level, but I am truly unparallelled at teaching the correct 
dressage seat. 

I have implemented a developmental system to make learning
to sit fun and rewarding - contact me for more information.

More information is available at my website










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