what our clients say
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Thought I'd send you a photo of me and Sissy . She
is sooo awesome and we have bonded together so well.
You gave her such a wonderful start! She is the
horse she is because of the training and care that
you gave her. She loves the water, as you can see
in the photo and is so sensible. I absolutely love
her and she has healed my broken heart. That's Mary
Teran in the photo with us.
Cindy’s the best riding
instructor! She has helped me with all that I
know today about horses and riding, and I learn
something more every time I go there. I have been
around horses for about 4 years, and riding 3
1/2 years with Cindy.
I work at the ranch every
now and then with Cindy leaning how to teach young
horses ground manners and everything they need
to know for their first ride under saddle with
Cindy. We also work with the lesson horses to
train new things and correct bad habits.
Getting this experience has helped me become a
better horse person.
After about 1 1/2 years working
with Cindy and improving my riding ability, I
got to start riding my young mare "Stella"
who was in training under Cindy. Stella was in
full training for 6 months as a three year old,
and has been in part training for the next year
and a half. Cindy has helped my young mare and
I get to our first Dressage show. Now Cindy’s
helping my mare and I learn how to jump. We look
forward to the day we will be showing off all
our hard work - we could
have never done it without Cindy!
Suzette and For Talismanic
Frisk, For Talismanic's 2009 foal
The best thing about having
Cindy as my riding instructor is that she has an
expert sense of what goals I can accomplish each
time I take a lesson. She doesn’t try to fix
everything at once, which would only make me--and
subsequently my horse--tense. Cindy knows that I
have big competition goals for myself and my horses,
so she definitely pushes me to be the best rider
I can be, but not to the point where I get frustrated
and feel as if all I’m doing is making mistake
In 2008, my first year competing
in dressage on my thoroughbred mare, For Talismanic,
“Tally” and I were the Circuit Champions
of the San Diego Chapter of the California Dressage
Society (CDS) at Training Level, and we also qualified
for and competed at the CDS Regional Adult Amateur
In 2009, I had a new off-the-track thoroughbred
mare, Cool Cucumber, that Cindy trained for me.
“CC” and I placed second in the San
Diego Circuit at training level and also qualified
for RAAC. We also won an award in the High Desert
Dressage Society. I earned my United States Dressage
Federation (USDF) Rider Performance Award at Training
Level on CC. If CC hadn’t had a very unfortunate
trailer accident in the middle of the show season,
we would have qualified for USDF Region 7 finals
The thing I like the most about Cindy is she clearly
understands how horses and riders learn. I look
forward to every lesson, and I have a tack room
full of ribbons to prove she has taught my horses
and me how to be successful in the show ring.
In 2010, Tally and I will compete at first level,
and I will be showing her 2009 Anglo-Trakehner colt,
Frisk, in hand in Dressage Horse Sport Breeding
classes. With Cindy behind us, I am really confident
we will have another great year!
Even after many successes starting
young horses on my own I was delighted to learn
new ways. I worked with Cindy on my horse Country
Girl's Cadillac (Murphy) and discovered new techniques
that I not only brought back to Virginia with
me and incorporated into my training plans, but
have also been hired to teach to and start horses
for other professionals in the area. Murphy has
successfully competed in the Virginia Horse Show
Association, Progressive Showjumping Circuit and
A-rated shows with many junior riders as well
as Intercollegiate competitions, dressage shows,
and is a favorite in the lesson barn.
As an instructor and trainer myself, working with
Cindy has put me a cut above the rest in that
I learned better how to communicate with my students
and be able to not only show them how, but also
why. It is easy to see that they have a passion
for both the equestrian sports but also for passing
on the knowledge. As a die-hard jumper competitor,
Cindy was able to show me the reasons behind a
benefits of correct Dressage. I fell in love with
the challenges and frustrations of the sport,
but now make a much better horse and rider of
any discipline. Any equine enthusiest would be
very lucky to learn from the Lapps be it for competition
or just for fun.
We moved to Yucca Valley
almost 3 years ago and boarded our two horses
at the Yucca Valley Equestrian Center. Bill began
lessons with Cindy as a beginning rider. With
Cindy’s guidance he has become a confident
horseman who can’t wait for weekend trail
rides. I began taking lessons from Cindy on my
mare Flicka. I have owned Flicka for 10 years
but never found anyone who could really help me
with her. Cindy not only helped me to understand
why Flicka reacted the way she did but to understand
how my actions added to our mutual tension. After
2 1/2 years of Cindy’s patient work, I am
a much better rider and have a horse I can enjoy.
I am looking forward to our first show.
When I first arrived at YVEC,
I had a horse trained in disciplines I didn't
know with serious behavior problems and lameness
issues that I couldn't correct even with professional
help. I hadn't ridden seriously in 30+ years,
and had spent the previous couple of years trying
to work with the behavior problems while my riding
actually deteriorated, again despite lessons.
Cindy Allen-Lapp was able to take
my pretty pony and work with her to correct her
bahvior problems in an almost magical fashion,
so that this horse could be perfectly placed with
someone exactly suited to her training and abilities.
This is a real success story.
As for me, Cindy has patiently worked
with all my mixed-up half-remembered notions until
I am riding well again, and in a new discipline,
the one I wanted to pursue, Dressage.
For the horse owner, Cindy runs
a professional barn that is safe and clean and
providing a no-worries enviornment.
For someone who wants to ride confidently
and competently in any discipline, Western Pleasure,
Reining, Hunter/Jumper or Dressage, beginner or
expert, rusty or sharp, young or old, to show
or just for fun, Cindy and her staff can teach
anybody anything, on your own horse or a well-trained
livery horse, and take you as far as you want
Fine trail riding is just
out the gate, and guided trail rides are available
by appointment. I am extremely happy I found YVEC
and only wish I'd done so sooner.
it took us a little over an hour to get there,
once there it was so peaceful and fun watching
you train Reggi. Looked forward to each week's
visit and also the B.B.Q. get-togethers were great!
Dear Steve and Cindy, and
Yucca Valley Equestrian Center,
I would like to thank you both for everything
you have done for me and my horses over the last
13 years. I met you through the Horsetrader and
you started out by selling me Traveler. The greatest
horse that ever lived. As perfect as he was, I
didn’t ride often enough so we would come
out there for private or group lessons for a tune
up every now and then. Then, all of my work injuries
and surgeries came along. I went 2 years without
riding at all. Well, even the world's most perfect
horse was bound to be a bit sour after that much
time. Me and Traveler were a mess. I was injured
and scared to ride and hurt myself again. You
did in house training on your ranch with Traveler
for 3 months and gave me lessons on him along
the way. The great thing about your lessons is
that they are always educational, confidence building
and useful, but most of all they are fun. You
always put things in a way that I could easily
understand them. Even when I had various injuries,
you showed me how to work around them and that
there was always a way to ride a horse. Traveler
and I were ready to hit the trails once again
A year and a half ago I got a new horse, Glory.
As nice as she was, and as much as I liked her...
I just didn't "get" her. We came out
and once again and took more lessons from you.
Right about the 3rd lesson, I had that "A
Ha " moment. Wow, it felt so great to finally
understand how she worked and to finally get that
connection with her. It is a 2 hour drive for
me with horse and trailer, but it is always well
worth it. Instead of being horse and passenger,
we now seem to ride as one. What a great feeling.
You have both always been such gracious hosts
when I come out just for fun. It might be a group
trail ride, or a BBQ, a Play Day or a camping
trip and it is always a blast.
You have been my horse breeder ( Traveler), horse
dealer, horse trainer and riding instructor for
many years now. Out of all of the great experiences
I have had with you, the one I will always treasure
the most is your friendship.
San Dimas Ca.