California Riding Magazine • August, 2013

Kamila Dupont
Well-known dressage trainer parlays German experience to her students.

Kamila Dupont has a simple goal as a dressage trainer: "to share my experience with other people," and she has quite a lot of experience to share.

A USDF gold medalist, Kamila has been long- and short listed with the USEF for international teams, is a three-time Olympic Festival medalist, and more recently, brought her Oldenburg mare, Bellona, to the Intermediare I Championship at the California Dressage Society Championships in 2011.

Kamila's most influential experience, however, is not a medal or ribbon. It's the seven years she spent in Germany, three of which she spent representing the United States in international competition. Throughout her time there, she competed regularly in German national shows, ran a successful breeding program and soaked up the coaching, wisdom and guidance of many of the country's dressage experts.

Today her greatest satisfaction comes from passing that remarkable knowledge base onto her students. "The most fun thing for me is when a student comes in with a horse that has some natural abilities and they really have a desire to understand dressage at its highest levels," she notes.

She was recently thrilled when a student exclaimed, "Kamila, you are my German experience!" Kamila had been explaining what she wanted to see in the student's horse and how the student needed to ride to produce that. "The seven years I spent in Germany gave me a unique and valuable mental picture of what horses at the top level of the sport have in common," she explains.

"They come in many shapes, sizes and breeds, but the common thread running through them all is their ability to be stretched or contracted over their toplines without losing balance or energy. They understand the request to lower their haunches and keep moving. Sport becomes art with an ability to stretch the upward arch forward and back while never losing power. The passion I have is to teach horses and their riders how to achieve this amazing goal!"

Having moved back into the totally revamped Malibu Creek Equestrian Center this past spring, Kamila feels ideally situated to serve her own and her clientele's goals. A large indoor arena with a comfy viewing area is a big plus, and the facility's private, serene and beautiful location, impeccably maintained footing and generally first-class amenities align with her own high standards as a trainer. Starting with the footing and continuing to even seemingly minor landscaping details, "I feel the maintenance is at an exceptionally high level," she says. (See separate story on the Malibu Creek Equestrian Center)

Charismatic, energetic and positive, Kamila enjoys working with students with wide-ranging goals, competition-oriented or not. "I don't care what level my students start at, I put my heart and soul into trying to share this art of dressage with my clients."

Her clients and their horses benefit from Kamila's 360-degree approach to care. Longtime barn manager Geovani Rodriguez is a retired rider with a keen eye for each horse's behavior and needs. A team of carefully selected veterinarians, farriers and chiropractors ensure that horses in Kamila's care are healthy and comfortable in
their training.

In addition to training students at her Malibu Creek Equestrain Center homebase, Kamila clinics frequently throughout the country. Her many contacts, both domestically and throughout Germany and the rest of Europe, coupled with her breeding expertise, make Kamila a terrific source for new horses.

For more information, visit www.KamilaDupont.com or call her at 805-280-5525.