“We really pride ourselves on being a "complete" dressage training center,” Becky Bryan shared. Located at Anne Gribbon’s Knoll Dressage Farm, just East of Orlando, Florida, Todd and Becky immerse the training stable with loads of horses, from breaking youngsters to coaching a plethora of students. The Bryan Center runs like a well-oiled machine including lots of enthusiasm, trust, and quality training. Becky said, “We are really meticulous about the welfare of our horses. We believe the horses' mental states are a huge component of their overall athletic success. A happy and willing horse is far less likely to injure itself. We pride ourselves on being U.S. riders on U.S.-bred horses. We highly support American breeders. We feel that we have quality horses in this country, and we try to work with breeders to bring their horses' talents to the forefront.”
Together Todd and Becky have first-time backed and trained over 50 different youngsters (two 3-year-olds this summer). Winning numerous US competitions and events incuding: Dressage at Devon-mares-under-saddle class, a DG Bar Cup on a 4 year-old, qualifying stallions for stallion testing, Hanoverian mare testing’s site champions, multiple wins in FEI 4, 5, 6 year old test, and FEI Developing horse PSG. They have done it all. Becky said, “We had a selection committee come to our Maryland farm and certify that our program and facilities were endorsed by the Hanoverian Society. We were an 'Official Hanoverian Training Facility.'” Moving their operation to Chuluota, Florida, in 2011, they continue to grow their business. They break and train the majority of their own FEI horses.
With an amateur friendly approach Becky shared, “Our students range in age from 10 to 72 years old. We love to create a harmonious relationship between horses and riders, regardless of their experience. Some of our greatest success stories come from amateurs who "never wanted to show," but ended up earning USDF medals! Once a horse and rider gain confidence together, showing is less daunting and more fun.”
Todd’s objectives are: To develop horses and riders to their peak performance levels, to be internationally competitive, while still promoting classical dressage, and to preserve the health and spirit of the equine athlete in order to create a harmonious partnership.
Dressage Horse Sales: With many connections to breeders and trainers throughout the East Coast of the US, they take horses in training to promote and sell for clients, and occasionally offer their own horses for sale that they have broken and trained.
Dressage Coach: With an extensive show schedule, they are available to coach students at the shows. Coaching at shows is included for their full training clients. Todd also coaches several event riders on their flatwork, who frequently do well at CCI starred events.
Dressage Clinics: Todd is available for clinics, and travels to the Baltimore/Washington area once a month. Todd and Becky will also travel locally for groups of 5 or more riders.
Facility: The Bryan Center is located at Knoll Dressage, located in Chuluota, Florida.
Lessons: They also have an FEI schoolmaster available for lessons.
"I first met Todd and Becky nine years ago when I was interviewing trainers to help with my talented 3 year old. After watching Todd ride horses of all different levels over the course of a day, and reviewing his credentials, I thought this was the perfect place to get six months of help with my youngster. Well, eight years later, I was still enthralled, brought two other youngsters for Todd to start and have fully enjoyed every day I have been privileged enough to spend at the Bryan Center. Todd took my three year old gelding to Intermediare 1 and schooling Grand Prix by the time he was nine. He also started and trained two other young mares for me, put solid and correct foundations on them, which left me amazed by the results. Todd always has a plan each day before he gets on a horse. He always lets the horse dictate when that plan may need to be changed. He listens to the horses as a tactful rider, but would always discipline improper behavior by the horse when needed. Todd doesn't use any tricks or shortcuts, just correct classical riding. It was easy to see the enjoyment Todd feels when a horse "got it". Every horse knows when they have done something right. The affection Todd feels towards the horses is obvious for anyone to see.
The Bryan Center works like a well-oiled machine with everyone watching out for the welfare of the horses. It was easy for me to see that concern for the horses was first with everyone. Todd and Becky are always honest and upfront with me. I never had any concerns that if I wasn't around, that my horses weren't getting the full attention that they deserved. I knew that they gave their best every day to every horse, even if the owner might not see the horse for months. I continue to ride with Todd on a regular basis when he is in Maryland, and it is always a great learning experience. He is very patient but doesn't hesitate to push when I need it. I have learned a lot from both Becky and Todd, and I hope Florida knows how lucky it is to have them in the area. I sure want them to move back to Maryland! I have another youngster coming up." - Phyllis Svendsen, owner S&S Hanoverians.
“I am an adult amateur who started riding at around 40 years old. I had absolutely no knowledge of dressage and the first time I took a lesson with Todd I was pretty mortified about the level of my incompetency. But Todd made me laugh at myself and kept going back (and brought my daughter with me). That was in 2002 and the rest, as they say, is history.
To me the thing that makes The Bryan Center and Todd and Becky so special is their never ending patience and support: Their ability to adjust their program to accommodate the difficulties of riding thoroughbreds and dealing with eventers, the quality of instruction and the ability to train your horse. It is simply wonderful and I am proud of the dressage that I can present today because of Todd and Becky. -Pat Mansfield
“To say that Todd and Becky have played a large role in my riding education would be an enormous understatement. I took my first lesson at The Bryan Center in 2002 and had no idea just how much I had (and still have) to learn. Without Todd's patience, persistence and support I would never have been able to puzzle my way through dressage on the many "interesting" characters I have brought to him for help. Being an upper level event rider, I have always been sitting on a horse that I value for its boldness, bravery and athleticism, the combination of which do not always lend itself to relaxation, accuracy and obedience in the dressage ring. However with Todd's help, I have been able to gain those things as well as learn how to teach my horses to put their skills to work for them in the ring to produce just as much power and grace in the ring as I look for over fences. Kelley Williams-CCI Event Rider/Trainer
“The Bryan Center is special to me because they found the right horse for me to partner with and when I was lacking confidence in my riding, Mr. Todd helps me gain it back. He keeps me focused, and gives me the tools to achieve my dressage goals. To this day, I trust Mr. Todd and look forward to each lesson.”-Michaela Odian - age 13
“I would trust Todd and Becky Bryan with my first born, my last dollar, my daughter's FEI horse and the computer I write all my books on. “ Grace Burrowes, New York Times bestselling author
“Because the emphasis at The Bryan Center is on a love of the horse and riding for its own sake, riders from beginner to Grand Prix competitor will enjoy learning from Todd and Becky.” Patricia Patton. Former manager of multi-day licensed dressage performance and breed shows
“I've thoroughly enjoyed training with Todd Bryan the last two winter seasons in Florida -- and am looking forward to my return to Florida in October. Working with Todd 4 days a week has helped me significantly improve my riding skills and I was thrilled to earn my USDF Bronze Medal in April. Todd is attuned to each horse that he works with -- their distinct personalities, conformation, abilities and potential, and their issues and challenges. This has been particularly helpful for me because I have two very different geldings. Todd does a great job of tuning in to each horse and rider combination and targeting his training to strengthening the bond and working relationship between horse and rider. Todd takes his work seriously and lessons with him are a good workout for sure, but also always positive and fun. As an adult amateur I want to improve my skills ... and have fun with my horses ... and working with Todd allows me to achieve both objectives.” - Pamela Schneider
Becky Bryan: a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist – she has 2 Intermediare scores towards the Gold Medal.