Full Dressage training is based out of the beautiful Equestrian Events Stable in Maple Park, Illinois.
“Lessons On Lusitanos” and building confidence in the returning older rider, getting you “Back into the Tack!” are just a few of the programs available.
Author of the upcoming book "Dressage Kindergarten", due out in 2021!
Bob Crane left his position as a Creative Director in advertising 24 years ago to pursue his dream, learning the art of horsemanship. First introduced to hunter jumpers Bob trained and competed on the local level in Arkansas. He was introduced to dressage when he started training in Eventing with Ralph Hill. He competed successfully through training level. This is where dressage became more interesting to him than the jumping aspect of riding.
The next 10 years Bob immersed himself in dressage. Scraping together whatever income he could he trained with Karl Mikolka, Sarah Martin, Olivia La-Goy Weltz and Jim Koford. Training the horse became his forte. Learning the biomechanics of what makes dressage so powerful Crane applied aspects of each of his mentors’ skill sets into a systemized method to help bring out the best in his clients’ horses.
Bob currently specializes in training Lusitanos, a breed apart from anything he has experienced to date. “They are highly intelligent, very athletic and some of the most sensitive horses I have dealt with. Their spirit and nature demand respect, a quality that humbles me as I have not had to deal with this in warm bloods. With each ride new keys are opened in how to best help them gain in confidence, athleticism, communication and boundaries.
“It is not unlike teaching my students to ride. Each aid is specific and has its own meaning. Each weight shift is calculated for a certain movement. All aspects of teaching and thus learning are broken down until there is clarity in communication with the horse.”
Bob accepts all levels of horses and students in his training program.
Bob can be reached by calling: