Matt has long been a sought-after coach and trainer of riders from Beginner Novice to Advanced in California, and his popularity on the east coast and around the country continues to grow as his patient and light-hearted yet disciplined teaching style becomes more known.
Longtime students will tell you that Matt has a unique ability to convey feel while breaking down both basic and advanced techniques in to simple and lasting terms.
Matt is skilled at tuning in to the personalities and quirks of individual horses, helping their riders effectively understand their mounts and how best to communicate with them.
Not one for quick fixes, before moving on to more advanced movements and exercises, Matt stresses the importance of a solid foundation built on a correct rider position and application of the aids, with a soft, elastic connection, a supple and balanced seat, and quiet and effective legs; the development of a properly muscled horse who works with a tranquil and open state of mind; helping his students foster in the horse an adequate understanding of the basic principles of carrying an even tempo, with a loose and unrestricted body, steering off of weight and light aids.
In the jumping, Matt favors exercises that get horse and rider working together in a balanced and even rhythm, focusing on position, accuracy, adjustability and footwork.
Cross Country schooling is spent building on the basics of jumping while creating trust, confidence, and boldness in the horse and rider team in order to help them tackle challenges with determination and bravery.
Whether it’s in a lesson, a high pressure show warm up, or a cross country course walk, Matt is able to instill in his students a lasting understanding of the task at hand and confidence in their abilities to perform.
Matt and Cecily are available for individual lessons, custom monthly training programs, and coaching to students of all levels at your facility or theirs and at shows. Please contact us for more information.
If you are interested in participating in or hosting a clinic with Matt, please contact us for schedule and availability.
Matt has a great eye overall
Matt has a great eye overall, but especially on what your horse can or cannot do, then works to develop what the horse cannot do well to help you improve it. Cecily also has a great eye and has provided many great words of advise.
Matt’s a good rider and works hard
Matt’s a good rider and works hard at what he does and has a lot to offer and people should take every chance to get a lesson with him.
I learned more from Matt in one weekend
I learned more from Matt in one weekend workshop than in the five years of private lessons before.
Basically: he’s awesome at building up confidence
Matt was one of my first pony club instructors, and aside from the fact that all the teenagers had crushes on him, what I remember most is that I was an easily distracted 11 year old, and Matt actually managed to get me to focus, then for some crazy reason made me jump a grid with one stirrup and no reins! I felt like a freaking badass. Basically: he’s awesome at building up confidence, and all around a really awesome dude to be around.
He is equally as good with people as he is with the equines
Matt has trained both me as well as all of my horses, and what is so special about him is the fact he is equally as good with people as he is with the equines. He talks both languages. He has taken my young TB’s and TB x QH’s through the levels and given them, and me, the confidence needed. He has such a soft but effective style and figures out the right way to communicate with each of his clients, in a way that hits home for them. He won’t push, or let you, or your horse, move up just because you want to, only when it’s time to. Horse and rider safety, confidence and long-term viability always come first with Matt Brown and Cecily Clark.