Sandy Venneman PhD
USDF Bronze Medalist
PhD in Psychology
Lifetime Teaching Certificate-State of MO

Use Science to Build
a Better Horse & Rider

You have the horse, check. You have the trainer, check.
You have your physical trainer, check.
Now is your chance to finish your preparation for success by working on your mental game.

The next Clinic is an unmounted one focusing on the mental aspect of showing. It will be presented by BACH on April 15th, 2023 in  College Station Texas. For more information go to

Equestrian: Clinics/Coaching/Event Speaker


Sealy Texas minutes from Katy Texas and the Great Southwest Equestrian Center!       
    USE PSYCHOLOGY TO IMPROVE YOUR RIDING! You have read about her in national publications and seen here at seminars across the country, now bring her to YOUR barn.  See Practical Horseman, Jan 2007 & USDF Connection Feb 2006, as well as the USDF podcasts from the 2016 & 2020 USDF Convention talks for samples.


Get $250 off Der Dau Full Custom boots ordered from Sunshine Stables by 11.1.21.  (361) 293-1728 

CLINICS/SEMINARS: Performance enhancement workshops unmounted, or combination of unmounted and mounted workshops.

Sport Psycholoy for the Equestrian and Why Does My Horse Do That#!@#!!
(Learn to think like your horse) are now available as podcasts on the USDF website as well as clinics. Schedule your own unmounted and combination unmounted/mounted clinics for your USDF GMO, riding club or barn.


BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Sandy employs classical learning theory and performance enhancement techniques from psychology, combined with over a quarter century of experience in training, teaching and judging, to help students learn not only the "hows" of riding, but the "whys." This enables her students to work independently to problem solve and improve their horses. 
In addition to holding a doctorate and masters degree in psychology, she has undergraduate degrees in biology, chemistry and nursing and a lifetime teaching certificate in secondary education. In addition to teaching riding, she has taught at the high school and college levels. She has won teaching awards at both the university and high school levels, including statewide awards. 
Sandy's combination of practical horsemanship and education lead to success for both the horses and students she has trained. Under her training and riding, her mounts have won national and state awards in diverse areas including dressage, jumpers, combined training, hunters, saddlebred pleasure, driving, western pleasure, the breeding division and all three equitation seats. Her students have gone on to successful careers in the show ring, as professional trainers and greater enjoyment of their horses. 

Sandy gives private instruction in the South Texas area and seminars nation wide. Her specialty is helping riders use techniques of sport psychology and basic dressage to improve their horses for all disciplines. Dressage instruction through second level and hunters/jumpers at any level. She often combines judging and seminars to make learning affordable for groups such as Pony Clubs and 4H. LESSONS: Private and semi-private lessons in Sealy Texas.

Sandy Venneman, Ph.D. can be reached for lesson, seminar or show information at
(361) 293-1728

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Short List of National and National Zone Accomplishments
(Local awards Intro through third level too numberous to list) 
Dr. Sandy Venneman & Mounts

USDF HOTY 5th in the Nation Training Dressage- Alex
USDF all breeds Oldenberg Breeding Res Champion- Doctor's Orders

USDF all breeds IALHA: International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association  Champion- Vintage Rider Training with PPR Coco Chanel
USDF all breeds IALHA: International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association 
 Res Champion- PPR Coco Chanel

US Equestrian (previously AHSA/USEF)
US Equestrian Zone Champion Training Dressage- Alex
US Equestrian Zone Hunter Breeding Res Champion- Second Seal
US Equestrian 3rd in the Nation Roadster Pony- Gin Fizz
US Equestrian 3rd in the nation Half Andalusian English Pleasure-
PPR Coco Chanel

US Equestrian 5th in the nation Half Andalusian Speciality-
PPR Coco Chanel

United States Eventing Association (USEA) 
USEA 9th in the Nation BNH- Epocal 
USEA 6th in the Nation Master Rider BN

Champion USEA Area V BNH- Epochal
Champion Rider USEA Area V BNR
High Point Adult Rider USEA Area V Adult Riders

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