o Not having the competitive performance you were hoping for?
o Are you and your horse plagued by anxiety?
o Are you trying to overcome past negative experiences?
o Do you have a youngster that needs a good start in life or an older horse that didn’t get one?
o Have you forgotten what it’s like to have fun with your horse?
o Have you tried everything, and feel like there is no hope?

At Phoenix Farm we’re dedicated to producing the best relationship possible between you and your horse. We specialize in individual programs tailored toward improving confidence, communication and skill in horses and riders of all ages and levels of experience. We offer comprehensive training packages for horses, riders, or both, and our large farm offers an environment rarely found in California—acres of hacking and turnout, in a beautiful Northern Sonoma County setting. We attend most major eventing competitions throughout California and the West. Horses started and trained by Phoenix Farm are earning ribbons all over California for their owners. You can be next!

Want references? We’d be happy to introduce you to current clients who are excelling in ways they never thought possible!

While it is our primary goal to make a partnership out of you and your horse, should things not work out, we can also sell your horse, or can help you find the horse of your dreams.

You can have a happy, healthy partner and enjoy riding and competing again!
Let us show you how!

Heather Bailey has been teaching all levels of riders for more than 20 years. She specializes in teaching riders how to communicate more effectively with their horse and in improving overall performance through quiet, consistent flatwork. She draws upon the thousands of hours of training she has received from top, classical trainers to offer practical solutions to riding and training problems.

She also has a special understanding of those riders who may be trying to work through fear or confidence related issues. After a serious riding accident left her out of the saddle for 14 months and with permanent physical damage, she had to regain her confidence and relearn her riding technique to return to competition.

John Strassburger is a graduate A Pony Clubber . His strong cross-country background through foxhunting and racing allows him an keeen insight in to what it takes to produce good cross-country horses and riders. He has also studied and trained with some of the biggest names in the sport, allowing him to bring a strong set of fundamentals and an adherence to classical principles to his training and teaching.

All levels and disciplines of riders are welcome.


John is available for lessons at Phoenix Farm. We have school horses avilable. Due to permit issues, only private and semi private lessons are available at Phoenix Farm. If you are interested in putting together a group lesson at another facility, please call for a per person price quote. Please note time lengths of lessons are approximate and depend on fitness level of horses and riders, and other factors.

To see prices for all Phoenix Farm lesson and training packages, please click on our Price List.

Working Students:

Phoenix Farm has occasional openings for working students. We offer the opportunity to learn all about the fundamentals of horsemanship, training, and competition in a friendly, quiet atmosphere. Please call the farm to find out more.