Brian Gruber has been training and showing hunter/jumpers for over 25 years. During the early years, Brian’s experience riding and training for several equitation barns in Zone 2, gave him the strong background needed in preparing both horse and rider for the hunter, jumper and equitation show rings. Since then, Brian has run show barns in Pennsylvania and Maryland competing nationally up and down the East coast; countless horses and riders that have trained in his program became national champions, successfully showing at the finals in Washington and Harrisburg.
Brian teaches with a positive approach. He will take you and your horse to the next level by building confidence, never by using intimidation or yelling. He has a innate ability to know the limits of each horse and rider and is very careful not to over-face those in his care. Brian's approach is that when horse and rider are confident, push forward the boundary of their ability. He is realistic and honest about expectations and works hard to meet set goals. Brian always has a plan B; if something cannot be accomplished by one approach, Brian will find a way to get results.
Melissa (Missy) Gruber has ridden hunter/jumpers for as long as she can remember. After training with Brian for many years, around 2003 she took on a “working student” role and in 2006, Missy began riding, showing, and teaching professionally. In addition, Missy spent time in Europe riding with Performance Sport Horse International (PSI) and has worked alongside several trainers on the East coast and Northern California.
Missy has a unique feel for the horses. She is is both a sensitive and tough rider who believes that by understanding the horses, she can ask more from them. From behavioral issues to show ring expectations, Missy has given many horses the confidence to perform to their best ability, enabling their owners to fully enjoy their animals. As a teacher, Missy excels at helping riders to develop their own feel, believing that if riders trust what they are feeling, they will be more confident to push to the next level.
Husband and wife team Brian and Missy started working together 15 years ago. They succeed in meeting their clients' goals by each bringing individual approaches to every challenge.