A globetrotting life has been the norm for successful international dressage rider Jaime Amian, but now he’s ready to put down roots in Wellington at the International Dressage Academy in Little Ranches.
Amian has a long history of show ring victories. He scored consistently in the 70s for the past two years at multiple shows throughout Europe on several different horses, and was first in the Beaufort-Centre Equestre International in Luxemburg, Belgium, and the International Show CDI Biarritz in France.
Relocating from his most recent home on the west coast to the east coast allows for easier travel to Europe to help clients find horses, and to visit his family in his native Seville, Spain. This location will also successfully position Amian to compete in the three-month 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival.
“I have some pretty nice young horses and, hopefully, we will ride the international classes with them,” he said.
His passion is training young horses, as well as teaching younger riders. “I like working with young people, too,” he said. “I like to teach them because you can adjust them quickly and they listen really well.”
Through his students’ successes, Amian has proven himself a talented instructor. Under his direction, student Dana Beck from Luxembourg made her way to the Luxembourg Junior Rider Team. German student Lucas Alecco Roy is now a member of the German Young Rider Team after only a year of training with Amian.
Another specialty of Amian’s is in-hand work. “Piaffe and passage in-hand, I think, are very important,” he said. “This helps the horses react better and come back on their hind legs more quickly.”
Amian graduated from the Escuela de Arte Ecuestre Costa del Sol in Málaga, Spain, then earned his bereiter’s, or training, license in Germany. For more information, visit www.jaimeamian.com or www.idafarm.com to see photos of the facility.
ABOVE: International dressage trainer Jamie Amian is now based out of IDA Farm in Wellington.