Pilates for Dressage ®

Ride better... learn how.  From the studio to the saddle, Pilates for Dressage® is a proven rider training program that teaches you, the rider, how to do what you need to do to ride better.  The Pilates for Dressage® Rider Mat Class incorporates the classical Pilates mat repetoire with an an education for the rider on seat, position and the bio-mechanics of riding.  You'll notice the difference in the way your horse moves.



True Pilates Boston is pleased to offer a unique program, Pilates for Dressage® taught by Karen Leopardi, Pilates for Dressage® Associate Instructor.  Karen has trained with and been certified by Janice Dulak the acclaimed author of the best-selling book "Pilates for the Dressage Rider" and USDF Bronze medalist. These are not mere exercise classes - they are essential for the rider. 

Pilates for Dressage® is a Romana’s Pilates post-graduate certification program in which instructors pass intensive training in order to teach riders how to achieve harmony with their horses using foundational biomechanics and correct posture through Pilates. The program requires strict training and continuing education in order to allow associate instructors to best help clients and their horses.  Associate Instructors are qualified to teach:

Pilates for Dressage® mat classes
Pilates for Dressage® reformer sessions
Pilates for Dressage® mounted posture evaluation
Pilates for Dressage® Level 1 biomechanics for rider on the horse


"As an upper-level dressage rider with high goals, I am always looking for exercise programs that help me as a rider. The 'Pilates for the Dressage Rider' program* is a personalized program I can do before I ride and feel immediate results. Karen Leopardi, Pilates for Dressage Associate Instructor has helped me find symmetry, suppleness and strength on the ground that I can bring with me to the saddle. She contributes a knowledgeable and fun environment to learn Pilates exercises that pin-point the same muscles you use while riding. I highly recommend it for riders of all levels."
* created by Janice Dulak, author of the best-selling book and DVD 'Pilates for the Dressage Rider' 

Annie Morris
USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist
USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer through FEI level

"What I mostly felt was a release of tension I usually hold in my legs and feet. The softened, but engaged feel of the thighs and glutes like 'pin the tail on donkey' to free up the leg molded my bottom onto the saddle and I could move with the canter - better. Just this alone made me feel more secure on the horse because I did not feel like I was bouncing up and down and my spinal position was in a natural curve and not leaning too far forward."

Elizabeth Kadar
Life-long rider and therapeutic riding instructor
Registered Nurse and Massage Therapist




Private or Duet sessions by appointment (limited availability)
Please refer to True Pilates Boston rate schedule
(10% discount offered on concurrently booked group Pilates for Dressage® mat class package)

Pilates for the Dressage Rider Group Mat Classes (reservation required)
Thursdays October 26 - December 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 - 7:15pm
Cost: 5-class package:  $155
Single class: $35

For more information, contact info@truepilatesboston.com