Deborah Savage, B.S. | Faculty

Adjunct Instructor of Equine Studies


School of Equine Studies

George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center

Debby Savage’s extensive and varied equestrian background started in Texas at the age of 10 in western equitation, western reining and barrel racing as 4-H member then riding the hunters in high school and eventing after college. Moving from NYC to New Jersey in the 1980’s, she began specializing in dressage, teaching and pursuing the dressage judge’s track. Debby earned her USDF Silver and Gold medals, then her USEF “S” dressage judge license in 2010. She relocated to the Cleveland Ohio area in 2014 to join the faculty of Lake Erie College, School of Equine Studies as a dressage instructor, and head coach for the Intercollegiate Dressage Association Team. Debby is now an Adjunct Professor teaching dressage riding classes.

She focuses on putting theory into practice with special emphasis on the basics and uses the dressage tests as training guides and evaluation tools.

What makes Lake Erie College a unique place?

  • Great equine program that offers majors in teacher/trainer, Facilities management or Entrepreneur.

  • Excellent school horses

  • Excellent horse show opportunities, especially in dressage as our dressage shows are recognized by USEF and count towards USDF Medal achievements

  • Strong Intercollegiate Horse Show involvement

  • Well qualified instructors

  • Dean is a vet with strong private practice background


  • B.S., University of Texas

Research/Creative Activity Interests:

  • Primary focuses:

    • Dressage

Awards/Professional Memberships:

  • International Dressage Officials Club

  • United States Equestrian Federation licensed official

    • Senior Dressage Judge