Nikki Alvin-Smith is an international Grand Prix dressage trainer, competitor, and clinician. She also writes equestrian ‘How To’ articles for horse publications, like Chronicle of the Horse, The Horseman’s Yankee Pedlar, Equine Journal, and more.
Together with her husband Paul, who is also a Grand Prix dressage clinician, Nikki imported and bred Hanoverians for twenty six years. This dynamic dressage duo currently live on the beautiful Willowview Hill Farm in upstate New York, where they still breed and train horses from start to Grand Prix.
While both have worked with more than a few icons in the dressage world, the Alvin-Smith’s have been most influenced by their work with Olympic trainer, Raul de Leon, and Grand Master Herbert Rehbein, of Germany. In this episode, I chat with Nikki about Willowview Hill, and how their every day farm routine supports their dressage athletes at the highest level.