Exciting Changes Announced at Cutler Farm as Reins Change Hands
Monday, November 2, 2015
Medfield, MA - After working closely with Pan American Games Team Gold Medalist Heather Blitz, Katie Robicheaux is fully prepared and excited for her new role at Cutler Farm as the resident head trainer. Cutler Farm, in Medfield, Massachusetts, will now be open year-round as the region’s premier boarding and training facility for riders of all disciplines. Robicheaux is a USDF Gold Medalist who has trained and competed internationally in dressage. Robicheaux has a keen eye for rider biomechanics, and specializes in building confidence in her riders at all levels.
Cutler Farm’s current head trainer Heather Blitz has announced her plans to relocate to Florida for the next two winter show seasons, following three successful and productive years at Cutler Farm. Blitz will be handing the reins over to assistant trainer Katie Robicheaux, who will continue building her teaching and training business at the farm. Blitz will be returning to Cutler Farm on a regular basis after the Florida show season to conduct clinics and to maintain her coaching and mentoring role with Robicheaux and her other Cutler Farm students.
Following Heather’s departure to Florida in November, Robicheaux will immediately assume the role of Cutler Farm’s resident head trainer. Robicheaux and her husband Vincent Bailleul own and operate L’Acadiane Equine Management, and have together built a dedicated clientele of dressage and jumper riders at Cutler Farm. They provide a unique partnership of differing strengths that enables a true team approach to their training. Robicheaux has trained with Cutler Farm regular clinician Mary Wanless, and has spent years training with Heather Blitz. She has also trained with Anne Van Olst in Holland for several years, focusing on the development of a young horse into a Grand Prix mount. Vincent Bailleul has a background in jumpers and has become well known for his ability to bring horses back successfully after injury and time off. He has spent many years in France, training and starting young horses. Both Robicheaux and Bailleul are dedicated to assisting their respective clients in all aspects of showing.
As Heather Blitz turns over her position at Cutler Farm to Robicheaux, Cutler Farm’s owner Donna Cameron feels thankful for the facility’s time with Heather and excited for the years to come. “We have all benefitted greatly from having Heather at our helm for the last three years,” Cameron stated. “Her unparalleled expertise in rider biomechanics has brought a new level of understanding to dressage riding in the New England area. We are extremely grateful for the professionalism and integrity that Heather has consistently displayed throughout her time here. It has been a joy to have Heather and her team of superstar horses train at the farm, and we all look forward to continuing our valuable relationship with Heather in the future."
Robicheaux credits Blitz for much of her training abilities and confidence as an equestrian. “Words can not express the amount I have learned in my time working under Heather,” Robicheaux said. “Heather has taught me how to build confidence in my students, the value of “less is more,” and above all else to believe in myself. I look forward to continuing our training relationship and plan to bring Heather back to Massachusetts on a regular basis for clinics. I am grateful to Donna Cameron for giving me the opportunity to grow as a trainer at this state-of-the art facility. Vincent and I consider Cutler Farm to be our home and are so pleased to be a part of this vibrant equestrian community.”
Blitz, although she will miss her colleagues and clients at Cutler Farm, is excited for the next chapter of her journey as a frontrunner in the sport of dressage. She also knows that she is leaving the role of head trainer at Cutler Farm in very capable hands with Robicheaux. “Katie is a very honest and knowledgeable trainer,” said Blitz. “She has a rare, solid background in practical biomechanics that can benefit riders of all levels and disciplines. Her lessons are given in a genuine, educational atmosphere while keeping it fun and rewarding too!”
Robicheaux will head south with Blitz for the Florida winter dressage show circuit, but will travel to Cutler Farm periodically throughout the winter to work with her dressage clients. Bailleul will stay in the north all winter to manage the barn and provide training for jumper boarders.
Cutler Farm, set in the beautiful green hills of New England, offers world-class training and an outstanding menu of amenities. The barn is fully equipped to meet equestrians’ wants and needs, and the property holds miles of trails, spacious pastures, and indoor and outdoor arenas. For more information on Cutler Farm and what it could offer you and your horse, visit www.cutlerfarmdressage.com.
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