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August 07, 2012

Lake Erie College Alumna Donates Book to Lincoln Library

(Painesville, Ohio) – Lake Erie College alumna Amanda Berges ‘94 donated her recently published book titled "Training Tree for Riders” on July 17 to the Lincoln Library. The book honors the 100th anniversary of the training tree, also known as a training scale or training pyramid.

The original version of the book was first published in a German training manual for horses in 1912. The training tree offers a logical and efficient method of developing horses’ abilities.

Knowing that riders need key elements too, Berges wanted to publish a book that focused on riders and their instructors. "Training Tree for Riders” contains the key elements needed in basic training as well as the discipline methods. The book includes preferred exercises for mounted and unmounted riders and diagnostics that show what riders need to conduct an effective training lesson. Berges’ book is applicable to all riding specialties, Western and English, and for the individual styles of both the student and trainer.

"The idea of a curriculum for riding has always been appealing and logical to me. The need for a rider training tree really struck home when I taught equestrian classes at Lake Erie College. Teaching a class in which I had to explain to students how to teach forced me to understand what riders need to know. This book was my answer,” said Berges.

Berges earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from Lake Erie College. She has been teaching riding for over 25 years and is certified by the American Riding Instructors Association and is also a licensed teacher for integrated science grades 7-12.

For more information about her book, contact Berges at 440-983-1495 or visit


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