to the art of classical dressage.

Our vision is to fulfill every heart’s purpose through the art of classical horsemanship. There are few arts that can better achieve this. For us, classical riding is a lifestyle that transcends background and permeates everything we do, from horse training to land maintenance to performance. Classical riding allows us to cultivate a happiness, peace, and awareness, while focusing on our God-given purpose.

Our mission

Tempus Renatus School of Classical Horsemanship is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to preserving the historical equestrian arts. Our mission is to provide a holistic experience connecting people to themselves and to their God-given purpose through the historical art of classical dressage in educational workshops, training experiences, and performances. We provide special programs and scholarships to those who are truly passionate about learning this art. We believe that working with horses, whether through classical training or working in the barn, can help you find your heart’s purpose and cultivate a happier, more stress-free life than ever before.

What we do:

Our primary focus is on the education of classical dressage. While the core of our program is in training, whether through weekly lessons, training board, or various rider packages, we also offer performances and demonstrations. Closely following that is the preservation of traditional and endangered breeds of horses and other livestock connected to historical riding. We plan to include agritourism in the near future for people to learn about these breeds and this art form as well as eco-friendly agriculture. We are also developing certification programs for future trainers, riders, and grooms.

However, we don’t stop there. We are starting a “next step” program to help people from all walks of life begin their journey to wholeness and healing with horses. This program will introduce people through weekend and week-long retreats to the holistic philosophy of classical horsemanship, focusing on veterans, victims of human trafficking, and underprivileged youth. The hope is to inspire them to find their special purpose through horses and to give them the opportunity to explore it in depth, whether their talents are in riding, horse care, or even land management.

Why we do it

The biggest reason we do it is for the love of the horse and of nature. It is a natural, beautiful, and unique art that connects two very different species in a dance using nature’s own movements. However, we feel strongly that classical horsemanship has a huge ripple effect. Because it is the foundation to most riding styles, it is an excellent start for people who want to begin their journey with horses. The time-proven methods are healthy for the rider, even with physical challenges. However, it can also bring riders all the way to the pinnacle of riding. There are many ways a person can shine in the classical art with their own uniqueness. This makes for a beautifully diverse community united by their passion for horses and nature.

Those same methods are great for the horse too! Many horses that were once deemed “untalented” have blossomed in this kind of training, as it was developed for the less-than-perfect horse. The philosophy goes even further to help the environment around the horse, using holistic and organic methods that support biodiversity and minimize the carbon footprint. Our goal is to be completely green in the near future.

Training Philosophy:

A Classical Dressage Tradition.

Our training philosophy is deeply rooted in the classical tradition. We use centuries-old techniques combined with modern understanding of biomechanics to create well-rounded athletes. We believe that training should enhance the horse and rider so they can fulfil their greatest potential and be able to do so for many years. We incorporate work in-hand, obstacle work, and mounted martial arts to help horses and riders fulfil their goals.

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Meet Our Board

Emily Wright, CPT
Executive Director

Emily is a certified classical dressage instructor and personal trainer with many years experience in classical dressage under the tutelage of riders from the Spanish Riding School as well as brilliant classical trainers in the US. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Liberty University with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, one of the focuses being health science and anatomy. She is currently pursuing an MBA in nonprofit leadership

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ret. col. Oscar Coddou-Molina
Artistic Director

Col. Coddou is an internationally respected classical dressage trainer, having studied at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna and with one of the great dressage masters of the 20th century, Nuno Oliveira. He has represented Chile in the Pan American Games as well as the Military Dressage Championships, earning multiple international titles in dressage competition. He was director of the military riding school in Quillota, Chile at the Grenadier’s Regiment, and he also helped to start the Classical Lipizzan Foundation in Purranque, Chile and was their managing director for 10 years. He was also an international judge of dressage, and he has been a liaison officer and delegate with multiple militaries around the world, including the US military.

Debbie Wright-Thomasson

Debbie Wright-Thomasson currently serves as our Treasurer and one of our founding members. Tempus Renatus is the result of her life-long dream and love for the Lipizzan horse, which began when watching the “Miracle of the White Stallions” as a young girl. An avid equestrian she has seen the healing benefits that classical riding has provided for those close to her and is passionate about sharing this with others. “Modern technology has disrupted the historical bond between the equine and human and has thus deprived many of our culture of the benefits of this relationship.” With a masters in nutrition with minors in biochemistry and counseling, her special interest in preventive medicine naturally blends quite well with her enthusiasm for classical horsemanship and all it has to offer.

Tarra Millender

Tarra Millender brings many years’ experience in dressage, jumping, eventing, and even polo, playing on her university team. Her love of horses began when riding horses on Galveston beach and continued the rest of her life. All disciplines of riding reinforced the need for a better system of training, and she spent many years searching for a biomechanically sound and kind yet effective method of training both horse and rider. Caring for her horses she felt grounded her and gave her the foundation for dealing with many of the problems which face young people. She sees the many subtle benefits of the equine and human partnership and hopes to share in bringing these to others.