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Les Bois Dressage

Treasure Valley Equestrian Training

By Chelsea Chambers

Photography by Terri Miller Photography and Tracy Bish Photography

Dressage: the art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility, and balance.

At Eagle Magazine, we like to focus on people. There is so much going on in the day-to-day that is becomes ever-more imperative to hear the stories of the people that make up our beautiful valley. And it is with great pleasure that we share this story with you.

“I started riding in Germany when I was 5 years old and competed in my first Dressage show at age six. Dressage is very popular in Germany, where I was able to receive an excellent classical education in Dressage, show-jumping, and some eventing. But Dressage became my passion and brought me to the US in 2008 to ride for my sponsor on the East Coast. While living there I met my husband Roman and moved to Idaho for him. We were married in 2011 and our son Nikolai was born in 2012. I absolutely love living and training in Idaho. It is the perfect place to raise children and horses,” explained Nadine Schwartsman, as she shared her story.

Idaho, full of endless trails and public lands, provided Nadine with the landscape to do what she loved. But “after moving to Boise, I realized that there was a need for a high-end equestrian facility to serve the Treasure Valley. Such a facility would also allow me to chase my own lofty goals of representing the US on the world stage.”

And so, Nadine did just that. For the last four years, she has been able to compete in national championships; with her experience in tow, Les Bois Dressage wins and places at National and International competitions. But beyond that, Nadine has had the opportunity to coach others to rise within equestrian arts.

Les Bois Dressage has been incredibly successful and they consistently have around 40 horses at their facility, plus an additional 50 or so on their waiting list at any given time. They’ve had to expand twice since they opened their doors in 2012 and boasts an Olympic-sized indoor riding area, two regulation-sized outdoor arenas, and more than 80 acres.

Nadine aims to continue to grow the program and eventually produce an Olympic horse raised right here in Idaho! “My biggest goal is to make the US Team but there are many small goals that are paving the way to future success. I truly enjoy the daily process of training and celebrate even the smallest victories with my horses. They are not a piece of sports equipment, they are my partners and best friends. I have a special relationship with each and every one of them and love all their different personalities,” said Nadine.

For more information about Les Bois Dressage, visit their website at lesboisdressage.com/.