Willow Oak Farm Riding School
About Us

“To practice equestrian art is to establish a conversation on a higher level with the horse; a dialogue of courtesy and finesse…

…Only a rider who has a good position may obtain valid results from his horse.”
Nuno Oliveira (Legendary Portuguese Dressage Master) Excerpts from Reflections on Equestrian Art.
About Us

Vanessa Moreland began riding at a very young age and teaches adults. In addition to training the rider from the start, she helps horses of all ages develop into solid saddle horses, whether it is for competition or pleasure riding. Vanessa has and continues to work with horsemanship professionals Buck Brannaman, Greg Eliel, Brent Graef, Bryan Neubert and Laurent Mezailles. She studied extensively as a working student under Jessica Ransehousen as well as ridden with Shea Walsh and Linda Zang. Vanessa has a passion for combining classical dressage and horsemanship to teach softness and inspire confidence in both the horse and the rider.

Our Philosophy

“Understanding a horse is something of an art…….What a person has in mind to present to the horse needs to be something that’s possible for a horse to actually do. Then the person has to be able to understand it themselves, through feel, and apply it in a way that the horse can understand.”
Bill Dorrance (Legendary Equestrian Master) Excerpts from True Horsemanship through Feel


Willow Oak Farm Boarding and Training · 3231 Mays Chapel Road · Sanford, NC 27330 · 919-548-3245 · info@willowoakfarmridingschool.com
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