Dressage Training
CARA offers comprehensive classical training for the horse and rider at all levels. Our combination of expert instructors and positive training methods facilitates the success of our students while allowing their horses to enjoy their work!
CARA Trainers
Uli received his equestrian training in Germany, where he successfully competed in dressage, show jumping, three day eventing and was awarded the German Riding Medal. Uli continued his career as a competitor after moving to Canada. He earned distinction as a dressage judge under the Canadian Dressage Federation. Uli added event course designer, dressage clinician to his equestrian skills in Florida and Arizona. He has shown through the Grand Prix level. Uli is an International FEI “I” Event Judge, and has served as a judge for the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event. He is also an USEF “S” Dressage Judge and a USEF Sport Horse Judge. Uli has earned USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Rider Medals.
Uli Schmitz
Dorie Vlatten-Schmitz
Dorie has a degree in Animal Science from the University of Arizona. She won the Carl Heinrich Asmis United States Equestrian Award which allowed her to train in Germany under Herbert Rehbein, five-time German Professional Dressage Champion. Dorie has shown and is currently competing through the Grand Prix Level and has her “S” level USEF Judge’s license. She also a member of the American Hanoverian Society Mare and Stallion Committee and is currently working on her Sport Horse license. Dorie has her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Riding Medals. She continues to ride and compete her horses Lenz, a Grand Prix horse and Coeur Bube currently schooling Intermediaire.
Lisa Weis
Lisa is a classical dressage trainer with 30 years of experience teaching riders, training, and showing horses of all ages. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Multicultural Education, ARIA Riding Instructor certification, a USDF Bronze Medal, and is a graduate of the USDF ‘L’ Program. She received from the Potomac Horse Center, The Honorary Silver Platter Award from their Career Course for achieving highest marks in riding, teaching and stable management. She was invited to remain at Potomac Horse Center as staff member in teaching and management.  Has completed many USDF Instructor, Riding and Lunging Workshops.  Prepared and presented Select Sport Horses for auction in Middleburg, VA and another Sport Horse Auction in Arlington, WA. Lisa has trained with Gerd Zuther, Tina Konyot, Conrad Schumacher, and others. She is available for lessons, training (including young horses and problem horses), and showing. USDF L Judge wth Distinction.
Mary Jane Parmentier
Mary Jane Parmentier, PhD, is a Professor of Global Development at ASU, and is available for lessons, training, and judging schooling shows.  A student and instructor of dressage for over 30 years, Mary Jane has her U.S. Pony Club ‘B’ rating, and has earned her USDF Bronze and Silver Medals.  She has ridden with Dorie & Uli Schmitz, Gerd Zuther, Melonie Kessler, Tracey Lert, Dolly Hannon, and others.  She is a USDF “L” Judge’s’ program graduate with Distinction.