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Born and raised in Trinidad, W.I. to British parents, I started riding at age 12 on ex-racehorses and rode anything I had the chance to get on. My parents owned a 100-acre estate, where they raised citrus, bananas, hogs, teak and ran a restaurant.

After high school, I went to England and studied for the British Horse Society exams in stable management, riding 
and teaching. Heavy emphasis was placed on our ability to convey information in our teaching as well as on being 
an effective rider and trainer.

I received my BHS Assistant Instructor certificate in 1973. I then began working with Arabian horses at Claverdon 
Lodge, owned by Mrs. Joan Ratcliff, now a British Arabian judge. During this time I earned my certificate for 
breeding and stud management from the National Pony Society of England.

I returned to the West Indies and worked in Barbados; taking rides out along the beaches and doing show jumping on the weekends before returning to England to further my studies in Dressage. While in England, I earned my British Horse Society intermediate teaching certificate.

In the fall of 1976, I moved to the United States, working in Spartanburg, SC and then in Ocala, FL. I actively evented for many years, and continued to study and improve my riding skills in jumping and Dressage.

For the past 20 years, it has been my pleasure to train Arabians, specializing in Dressage, Show Hack and 
Hunters. I have earned the Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals from the United States Dressage. I am proud to say that all of those scores were earned on Arabians.I 
have over 100 Regional Championships and Reserve Championships, 27 National Top Tens, 5 Reserve National Championships and 9 National Championships to my credit. Many of my students have also achieved Regional and National honors. In 1996, 1998 and 1999, the Arabian Trust named me Female Dressage Trainer of the Year and I am a member of the Arabian horse trust Hall of Fame. 

In 1998, I started Greta Wrigley Training (aka GWT), a training center specializing in Dressage with an emphasis on Arabians, half-arabians and the amateur rider. We individualize our training methods to each specific horse and rider, and try to make the learning process fun and informative as well as effective. Our philosophy is that dressage is designed not only to be competitive, but also to have a good time. Our show record speaks for itself – GWT students have won at all levels of competition from schooling shows to the national level and from Introductory to FEI levels.

In addition to our training activities, we have an active clinic schedule, with clinics located primarily in the 
Southeastern United States. We work with a wide variety of horses and riders from beginners to Pan-Am Games 
competitors. I have coached the entry in the 2003 Pan-Am games and the 2010 Central American and Carribean 
from Trinidad & Tobago. Clinics are 45 minute private sessions where we teach horses and riders to improve their skills by breaking things down into small steps and then showing them how to put the steps together to achieve their goals.

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