Monique & Tess Smith
Monique Y. Smith takes great pride in teaching English and Western riding and horsemanship lessons at American Dream Farm.
Monique has over 30 years of riding experience. Monique grew up with a love of horses knowing one day she would be able to realize her American dream of sharing her love of horses, and knowledge in the equine world with others. American Dream Farm is her American dream! Monique will tell you she is here to teach you. She believes in the philosophy of, "Never say I can't" or "My horse won't." Everyone has the potential to learn, and she intends to teach you!
Monique Smith believes in promoting the Equine Industry by being very involved with the local school systems. American Dream Farm supports Future Farmers of America by allowing local middle school and high school students to complete their Supervised Agricultural Projects with Monique at ADF. American Dream Farm is also recognized by Winder-Barrow High School as a Youth Apprenticeship Program Business and encourages high school students to complete their Youth Apprenticeships at ADF. American Dream Farm is a practice facility for the Winder-Barrow High School Horse Judging Team.
Monique focuses on safety, and creating a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Monique welcomes students who love all breeds of horses and all disciplines of riding. She doesn't want students to feel uncomfortable. Come learn about the wonderful world of horses with Monique and you will see what she means!
~ Member - American Paint Horse Association
~ 3 APHA horses enrolled - American Paint Horse Association PAC Program earning numerous awards in halter, showmanship at halter, equitation, horsemanship, trail, in-hand trail, walk/trot and hunter under saddle.
~ Member - American Quarter Horse Association
~ President/Director - American Dream Farm Saddle Club
~ Member of Kel-Mac Saddle Club
~ Camp Director - American Dream Farm Advanced Boot Camps and Beginner Horsemanship Camps
~ Coach - American Dream Farm Show Team (Halter, English, Western)
~ Owner/Lead Instructor - American Dream Farm Lesson Program
~ Teaches Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels of the English and Western disciplines
~ Teaches Introduction to English and Western Horse Show Basics
~ Successfully coaches, and shows in Halter classes including Showmanship at Halter
~ Successfully coaches and shows in Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, and Trail classes
~ Successfully coaches and shows in English Pleasure, Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle, and English Halter Classes
~ Teaches Resistance Free Western Riding and Training
~ Teaches students how to ride with proper posture to maintain good balance and rhythm for excellent equitation
~ Teaches Horse Handling Safety
~ Teaches Horsemanship basics including how to properly move a horse on the ground
~ Teaches proper grooming, tacking, and how to safely lead a horse
~ Teaches the Proper Cue Systems
~ Teaches the importance of why and how a horse should be lunged
~ Teaches proper posting techniques
~ Round pen exercises with and without a rider
~ Safe and Effective Trailer Loading
~ Teaches students how the horse thinks in preparation for handling, and riding the horse safely
~ The importance of Flat Work in preparation for Jumping
~ Trail riding techniques for a safer trail ride including
~ Negotiating obstacles, and trail etiquette
Tess started her riding career at the age of 6. She began riding western pleasure and horsemanship. After acquiring her first horse, Titan, an American Saddlebred, Tess took an interest in showing western and English equitation. Shortly after, Tess dived into the Hunter and Cross Country world. Tess would show in all possible divisions at horse shows all the way through high school. Once in college, Tess decided to gear her riding back towards English and Western pleasure, horsemanship/equitation, showmanship, and trail. Tess began taking on a plethora of training horses and continues to practice Clinton Anderson’s Downunder Horsemanship method. Along the way, Clydesdales snuck into her life and hold a special place in her heart. Riding and driving a clydesdale is a thrill she recommends trying. Throughout the years, she has dabbled in vaulting, polo, saddle seat, side saddle, showing miniature horses, and riding working cow horses. While there are still quite a lot of other disciplines that Tess wants to learn about, she enjoys riding and teaching lessons in English and Western pleasure, equitation/horsemanship, and showmanship. You can follow Tess Smith here: https://www.facebook.com/tesssmithequinetraining
Directions from I-85 North:
Take I-85 North to the Chateau Elan exit. Take a right on Hwy. 211. From the red light at the intersection of Hwy. 211 and Hwy. 124 (Brazelton Hwy.) go straight heading toward Winder for about 8 miles. Go through two red lights. Come to the 3rd red light and go left on Broad Street. Go through three red lights. Come to the 4th. red light and take a right on to East Broad Street (Hwy. 82). Go through one 4-way stop. Come to the next 4-way stop and go right on Hwy. 211. Go one mile. American Dream Farm will be on your right. The house number is 2065. It is a yellow house with a red door. Please park along fence line in "customer parking" area and enter the gate that leads to the barn.
Directions from the intersection of Hwy. 316 and Hwy. 11:
Go east on 316 approximately 5 miles to the 2nd red light (Hwy. 211) Go left on Hwy. 211 for one mile to stop sign go right on hwy. 8, Go left at red light over railroad tracks, come to stop, Go left, come to stop sign, Go right on 211(sign also says Second Street). Go 1.5 miles.. Look for red and white microwave antenna on your right. American Dream Farm is on your left. The house is number 2065. It is a yellow house with a red door. Drive down the easement road to the 1st driveway. Please park along fence line in "customer parking" area and enter the gate that leads to the barn.
Directions from the Center of Winder:
(Intersection of McDonalds and Burger King, intersection of May Street and Broad Street)
Take Broad Street to the junction of 82/53/11 heading toward the Barrow County Hospital. You will see Quality Foods on your left. Highway 82 (East Broad Street) forks off to the right. Take Highway 82, go 5.5 miles to a four-way stop. Go through the 4-way stop. You will see Hope Baptist Church on your right. Go another 3 miles to your second 4- way stop. Go right on highway 211. The farm is one mile on your right. You will see the red and white microwave tower on your left. The house is number 2065. The house is yellow with a red door. Please park along fence line in "customer parking" area and enter the gate that leads to the barn.
Our Boarding Program:
American Dream Farm is a family owned and operated farm. All breeds are welcome here. American Dream Farm offers full and pasture board and boasts the finest in horse care in the area. We believe in keeping our horses happy and healthy. We maintain beautiful green pastures, an electric watering system, high quality grass hay, and high quality Purina horse feed. American Dream farm is managed by the owners who live on the premises. Your horse will be in excellent hands with us. The close proximity of the pastures and barn enable us to keep a close watch on all of the horses all of the time. American Dream Farm works hand in hand with Scott Davis Farrier Services and the wonderful Equine Specialists at Equine Medical Center. Space is limited. Please call 770-634-9354 for availability and prices.