Denise Finch has been riding since childhood and is an outstanding equestrian. As a trainer she has educated many successful riders and horses. She also has a talent for finding great future show ring prospects.
— Richard I, Charlottesville, VA
Denise is great! My daughter has enjoyed riding at Forecast Farms since day one. Denise not only teaches the art of riding, she makes sure that you learn the background of it all in such a positive way. At Forecast Farms Denise makes you feel like family every time!
— Beth Presgraves, The Plains, VA
Denise is an excellent confidence builder. The message in her lessons are clear and uncomplicated, yet cover all the basics one needs to move up through the ranks. She pays close attention not only to the horse’s way of going but also the rider so the two are on the same page. She’s the perfect instructor for the beginner as well as the adult – her patience astounds!
— Jana, Fairfax, VA
Forecast Farms is a wonderful place to learn and Denise is an excellent instructor for my daughter. She is very knowledgeable, exhibits a good attention to the fine details of riding, always keeps safety in mind, and is able to explain things in a way that my daughter can understand. My daughter absolutely loves taking lessons and really enjoys the time spent with the horses and with Denise.
— Becky, Haymarket, VA
Forecast Farms Inc. provided me a newfound confidence in riding. Denise taught me how to become a safe and effective rider instead of a passenger. Each lesson provided me with exercises to help strengthen my mind, my body, and most importantly, the balance and understanding between horse and rider. Not only did Denise provide me with excellent training but she also took the time to teach me proper horsemanship and general farm management. Thank you for everything Denise!
— Jessica Mazur, Arlington, VA
Denise Finch is a fantastic trainer for any amateur who wants to go from beginner to blue ribbons in horse shows! Her teaching methods are always based around safety and comfort of the horse and client yet she makes every experience in the ring so positive and constructive. I rode as a youngster and found my MOJO again with this amazing teacher and found incredible success in the show ring after only 1 year back in training! Thanks to Denise, I have reached more potential than I could have imagined and the possibilities are endless!
— Jennifer Long, Palo Alto, CA
Denise provides a safe, fun, and positive learning environment. My five-year old daughter loves taking lessons with her. During lessons, she is always calm and is able to keep my daughter focused and interested. I highly recommend her to anyone that is interested in lessons for their child or themselves.
— Heather, Fairfax, VA
Denise is an awesome riding instructor. Her positive attitude provides fun while still being able to maintain safety as her number one priority. She provides her students with a solid technical basis to build upon to prevent bad riding habits in the future. My daughter, Allison 8 years old, could not be happier and is progressing beautifully. I would highly recommend Denise for anyone from beginners to advanced.
— Debbie Cannon, Fairfax, VA
Some riding instructors focus on how to make the horse perform at its best. Some instructors focus on how to make the rider more proficient and technically. Denise does a combination of both that I find to be both educational and fun. I feel like my horse is becoming more balanced and responsive through skill building exercises and a comfortable environment. With an emphasis on routine and building on the basics, I have become a more proficient rider who does not just look good, but understands how my actions as a rider are directly connected to my horse’s performance. Lessons are tailored to the needs of both horse and rider, leaving me feeling like I have learned something new and my horse has too! Because Denise knows her horses so well and endeavors to know her clients both as riders and as people, she is able to see more positive results in both her horses and riders. She tailors the instruction to fit the horse, the rider, and the moment.
More than anything, I ride with no feeling of judgment or disappointment. Denise has a way of showing you what you’re capable of and supporting you in order to help you achieve your best.
— Sara Gardner, Winchester, VA