Leah Nelson is a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalist and USDF Certified Instructor through Second Level.
Leah learned to ride and manage a barn early on as many young riders get their start, as a working student. She began teaching in equestrian camp settings as a teenager. After several years of riding and showing in high school, Leah moved to Duluth, Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2006. She graduated from there in 2008 with a BA in Anthropology, minoring in Environmental Studies. During her time in college, she began working at Spring Hill Farm, a position which originally included part-time barn work and a little riding.
Today she manages Spring Hill Farm and is grateful for the opportunity every day. Leah is based at Spring Hill but travels regularly to other farms in the area to train and teach. Here, she is fortunate to train and show some lovely horses, teach students and continue her riding education through regular clinics, most recently working with Deanna Landwehr, Jayne Ayers, Janet Foy, Kate Phillips, Anne Cizadlo, Amanda Johnson, Jennifer Baumert, Ulf Wadeborn, Emily Miles and Paul Belasik. She serves on the North Woods Dressage Association board of directors where she chairs the Education Committee. Sweet Water Equestrian, LLC was established in 2011.