Carolene is masterful in helping riders discover what is getting in the way of them having a truly joyful, heart centered partnership with their horses.
Her passion is helping riders become the person their horse truly deserves. She has combined her 20+ years expertise in Centered Riding, Alexander Technique and Dressage Training with her Dreambuilder Coaching Certification into creating her unique system, The Harmonious Horse and Rider. This program serves horses and their humans from all walks of life and disciplines.
A little about me…
I was born in 1952, but actually began my involvement with horses before birth as my mother rode, even fox hunted, with me in vitro.
I grew up in Middleburg Virginia into a horse family in a horse town. Both of my grandparents were Masters of Hounds, one in Maryland on the Chesapeake Shore, the other in England.
I was fox hunting on a lead line at 5 years and off lead by 6, so needless to say horses are in my blood!
My stepfather trained racehorses and so I started yearlings for the track and galloped racehorses, even jockeying in local steeplechases as a teen.
We didn’t have a lot of money so couldn’t afford to show my own pony often but got lots of pick up rides in the hunters as a youth.
By the time I got to Madeira, a girls boarding school in VA, the 3 day eventing bug hit me and I campaigned through preliminary.
After college I moved to upstate NY, resumed eventing and got more serious about the dressage phase, which later became my passion. I find the intimacy of connection that dressage offers between horse and rider to reflect my joy of being one with my horse. I believe each horse and rider need a lot of diversity to compliment their relationship so I also still jump, trail ride, horse camp and look for ways to deepen my connection with my horse that are fun and rewarding.
I started teaching dressage in the late 1980’s, became a Centered Riding instructor in the mid 90’s and graduated in 1997 from a full time 1600 hour 3 year program about body awareness, called Alexander Technique. I specialize in using this amazing body awareness method with riders, offering them the ability to look inside themselves to see where and how they are affecting their horse.
What I believe my experiences and education have provided me is what I share with others: the ability to look inside, and to gain awareness of the habits they bring to their riding, some good, some not so good. I help them develop new habits that compliment their riding and create more harmony, understanding and joy in their relationship with their horse, whatever their discipline. My primary goal is to bring back or enhance the joy one feels when one rides a horse, if it isn’t fun, why the heck are we doing it!
~ Carolene Miller, 2017
Alexander Technique Teacher, AmSAT certified, 1997
Centered Riding Instructor, Level 2
Dreambuilder Coach, Life Mastery Institute
Participant in Mentorship & Mastermind Program with Karen Rohlf of Dressage Naturally, March-August 2017