St. George's Dressage Academy
Jessie Olmstead, Lead Trainer and Client Relations Manager
When St. George’s Dressage Academy opened in 2011, it had a vision of providing a unique, professional, enjoyable, fulfilling, community atmosphere for its clients. Jess has seen this realization of a vision to turn a family farm into a premiere equestrian facility come to life. There is a lot going on at St. George’s Dressage Academy including clinics, traveling to USDF recognized shows throughout the midwest, training and even children’s birthday parties. Jessie added “These programs were set up so that we can work with our clients on individual goals and develop good horsemanship skills along with improved confidence and safety.
There has been tremendous support from the community for the direction St. George’s is going and we are excited to see the trend continue. We want everyone to share in this spectacular facility and all that St. George’s has to offer.” Jess holds Bronze and Silver Medals from the USDF and has earned half the scores needed for her Gold Medal with Lacksette.
Bridget Bursey, Trainer
We are delighted to have Bridget Bursey as a trainer here at SGDA. Bridget worked at Leatherdale Farms, a breeding farm west of Minneapolis, for seven years. She has experience in grooming for a dressage trainer and eventer, kids camps, along with teaching children and adults. Bridget specializes in backing young horses and taking them to their first shows along with exercising training level through Grand Prix dressage horses. Bridget has earned her Bronze Medal from the USDF and is half way to her Silver Medal.
Josh Solsvig, Operations Manager
Josh may be a familiar face around St. George’s, but he has a whole new list of responsibilities. After owning and operating a successful remodeling business, Josh has accepted the role of Operations Manager. Josh has been involved with SGDA since the beginning, and was instrumental in constructing the beautiful facility we all enjoy today. Josh remarked that “St. George’s is very excited for the future of dressage in our growing equine community. We have spent the past several months focusing on building an infrastructure at St. George’s that not only supports the facility, but will allow us to open the doors to the public in order to foster the sense of community and positive atmosphere in which we take great pride.”