Samantha is by far one of the best instructors I have had the pleasure of riding under. Speaking as a young woman working towards becoming an amateur Dressage rider, I believe riding under Sam has not only improved my riding, but my outlook. She plays off the strengths of the individual rider or horse and uses those to open the door to new skills. She encourages you to step outside your comfort zone and try new things, even if they are a little rough the first few times.
One of her greatest assets as an instructor is how relatable she is. Sam never loses touch with the struggle, both mental and psychological. However much effort a rider is willing to put in, she will double it.
Her attention to detail can mean the difference between third place and first place. I can honestly say from experience that there have been many days when I was ready to give up on riding altogether, but Sam always inspired me to get back in the saddle, to try one more time. With her coaching, not only did I improve my riding and learn to do things I never expected, I learned how to take away something positive from every ride. Most importantly, I had a blast doing it.