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dressage world. In 1995, she purchased "Carpano," a 10 year old Holsteiner with pre-existing injuries. After a year of rehabilitation, she began showing him 3rd level, and by 1997 was competing in the USET PSG/I-1 selection trials. She and Carpano competed in their first Grand Prix in 2002 and continued to compete in the USET Grand Prix selections for the next two years. In 2004, April was ranked 26th in the nation in the USET standings.
In 1997, April branched out to begin her own business, and while developing a clientele, also began attending college. She remained in school as a full time student for the next seven years, first working toward an English major, and then switching to pre-veterinary medicine after two years. April and her best friend, hunter/jumper trainer, Angie Lapinski, co-founded Topline Equestrian Center in 1998 in Topanga Canyon, where they continue to train horses and coach riders. April strongly believes in continuing her riding education and has trained with several nationally and internationally acclaimed dressage trainers, including Dennis Callin (5 years), Jan Ebeling (2 years), and Kathleen Raine (17 years & counting). Additionally, she has had numerous opportunities to clinic with others such as David Wightman, Willy Arts, Scott Hassler, Christine Traurig, Johann Hinnemann, and "O" judge, Francis Verbeek.
April trains her horses and students using classical dressage training methods and maintains a program that encompasses fundamental training practices with responsible horse management. She believes in protecting the horse's innate desire to please their riders and strives to keep the work fun for both participants. She loves coaching and considers this part of her job to be equally rewarding to the riding. Her love for teaching is evident and is communicated to her riders in a positive, articulate, and harmonious way.
April and husband, Marty, have been married for 14 years and have two children.
Full Training starting at* $850/month (5days/wk, 3 or more lessons)
- 3 Training rides a week, 2 lessons $900/month
- 4 Training rides a week, 1 lesson $975/month
- 5 Training rides, no lesson $1000/month
Half Training starting at* $700/month (1 training ride, 2 lessons/wk)
- 2 Training rides, 1 lesson a week $750/month
Lay-up/Rehab Programs also available
Full service grooming is offered, but not mandatory
*Subsequent price increase is a reflection of added grooming fee for each additional training ride.
April Atwell's dressage program at Topline Equestrian Center offers customized training programs for all horse and rider abilities, whether you are a serious competitor or an equine hobbyist, starting a young horse or refining a well-seasoned horse.
*Off-site services available, call/email for details.
April Atwell is a 5-Star Rider and USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist since 2002. Most recently, she had a successful 2014 CDI season competing at the Grand Prix level on her longtime partner, "Pavarottie". She's been riding for over 35 years, and teaching riders for over 25 years.
April began riding in Durango, Colorado as a child, participating in 4-H and experiencing various riding disciplines, including western, hunter/jumper and competitive trail riding, before settling on dressage. She left Colorado to pursue her riding dreams and worked her way into the Southern California dressage scene in the early 90's.
Apprenticing for 5 years under Dennis Callin, April gained a tremendous boost in her riding, and valuable experience in the
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