1. the art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility, and balance.

A French term, most commonly translated to mean "training", is a highly skilled form of riding performed in exhibition and competition, as well as an "art" sometimes pursued solely for the sake of mastery. As an equestrian sport defined by the International Equestrian Federation, dressage is "the highest expression of horse training" where "horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements."

"Dressage is harmony with my equine partner that forms a bond so strong that I dedicated my life towards learning, training, riding, and educating others to learn this sport and how to care for these amazing horses."



Mel Montagano & GaDeva at Riveredge



Mel Montagano & J'adore La Vie at Virgina Horse Center

Prestige Performance Horses USA, Riding Stable is home base for USDF Gold Medalist and Grand Prix trainer Melanie Montagano. Dedicated to the sport of Dressage and to provide top quality riding, education, training, coaching, nutrition, boarding and sales. Endlessly driven by the ambition to always pursue her dreams of going to the Olympics. Mel's core training philosophies are are parallel to athletic programs in other Olympic level sports. The most progress is made at a consistent, steady pace.  Mel believes in embracing the valleys in progress just as much as  the hills to truly enjoy the ride.

Mel Montagano wearing Roeckl, Rompf, OneK & ERS


OneK Helmet, Mel Montagano, PPHUSA

You can do anything if have the passion, the drive, the focus and the support.  These are the extraordinary companies that sponsor my business which grants us marketing rights to their best known products.  They support the development activities of dressage training to pursue my dream of competing at an international level and to compete at the Olympics. Because when you are striving to be the best, you need products that outperforms the competition.  I just want to say THANK YOU! Visit our sponsors page to read Mel's testimonials about each brand and the amazing products they have to offer!

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GaDeva in Wellington, FL

Randi Barenholtz

Mel is amazing. She is generous, kind, uncomplicated and candid. We all know dressage is hard, but Mel has a knack for knowing what is need to get the desired result.  She has a way of breaking down a movement, feeling or exercise into small but meaningful actions. And it works - every time! In a short time, Mel has helped me forge a partnership with a new horse that will always standout as an experience of a lifetime. Thank you, Mel, for everything!

GaDeva competing in Wellington, FL

Anna Forbes

I began riding with Mel this past Spring 2019, and I am thrilled with how much I am learning! Mel's lessons are positive and easy to follow from young horses to FEI.  I am impressed with both her horsemanship and professionalism.  I highly recommend her!

PPHUSA bridle with Neule Schule bits

Jamie Reilley

Mel comes up for clinics and our students learn so much from her.  Her private lessons are very informative and she prioritizes what needs to be worked on and leaves each student with concepts to work on until the next clinic.