The Paddock Equestrian Center is seeking an FEI Dressage trainer, with experience as a professional, for a large 33 stall, 47 acre dressage farm in Michigan. The Paddock Equestrian Center is not only the perfect environment for a busy, year round program, but also the perfect retreat as a summer base to escape the heat once the Florida Winter Circuit comes to an end. Located in Davisburg, in the heart of Oakland county, down the road from quaint shops and restaurants and within driving distance from Rochester, Bloomfield Hills, and Ann Arbor. The area is a plethora of culture. The Paddock Equestrian Center sits in the ethereal setting, beautiful as well as serene. The facility features an Olympic size indoor and outdoor with great footing, mirrors, dust control, sprinkler system, large grassy pastures as well as smaller paddocks, a heated clubhouse with kitchen, heated tack room, and two heated offices. The stalls are 12 by 12 with thick mats and provided ample shavings. The facility also boasts amenities such as a central vacuum system, wash stalls with hot and cold water, a fly control system throughout the barn, and a fire safety system throughout the barn. Feeding schedules are customized for each horse.
The Paddock is owned and loved by Mary Mattingly and her husband, Mike. Both come from a medical background. Mary shared, “I started at Johns Hopkins as a step down nurse and then moved to Michigan where I worked in emergency medicine for 10 years. During this time I had my own private farm at home, but was unable to have them home during the colder months because I only had an outdoor arena. Every year I could not find the system I was looking for. But now I have created the perfect place with all the things needed for a year round working dressage farm.”
Other amenities include: a retirement area on two beautiful 17 acres lots, access to miles of trails and fields for hill work, landscaping For jumping to help the horses build muscle and condition as well as gaining confidence and to encourage riders to leave the arena. Additionally, hay is stored and a separate, easily accessible barn to increase the safety and overall environmental health for the horses and clients. The farm hand lives on-site and guides the care of each horse with the partnership of the farm manager and owner, Mary Mattingly. Feeding, turnout, cleanliness of the facility and overall care of each individual horse is provided. Mary is passionate about providing the best environment for the horse.
The boarders are amazing little group who are supportive of each other and dedicated to the care and well-being of their horse. The “nearest" airport is about 45 minutes away with traffic. Mary said, “I am dedicated to the pursuit of finding a classical horseman. So my facility can provide it all.”
We are in pursuit of someone experienced competing and training consistently in the FEI’s wanting to join a dedicated team and work to continue growing the program and improving themselves, working with the clients and horses to improve both to the best of their abilities. Responsibilities would predominantly include lessons, training, taking clients to shows, and being a part of the team to forever look for ways to improve the farm and experiences of those who visit and spend time there.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Mary Mattingly - Cell: 248-255-1767