Cynthia Bradley-Mancini Dressage


Cynthia Bradley Mancini offers training and instruction for riders in dressage.  Her focus is on developing classical principles in the horse-rider partnership, to enhance the gentle enjoyment of the art of riding for her clients and their horses.  She is currently accepting new clients and is based in Central New York. 


The Early Years

Cynthia Bradley-Mancini (or Cindy, as her students call her) started riding at the age of six.  Her mother made it possible for her to take lessons once a week, and by the age of nine, she started riding with Nona Garson, a Grand Prix show jumping rider, then in Tewksbury, NJ.  At age eleven, Cindy and her mother purchased their first horse, Quiet Breeze, a five year old appendix quarter horse.  Breeze and Cindy went through Pony Club together, starting at D-3, and when Cindy was 18, they were awarded Pony Club's highest rating, achieved by only ten percent of Pony Club Riders:  Their A rating. During these early years, Cindy worked as a groom, attended dressage and eventing competitions, and pony club rallies.  She is well aware of the many benefits of serious riding for young girls as they go through adolescence.



Cindy taking lessons at Watchung Stables age 9



Quiet Breeze & Cindy 1983 Wit’s End Horse Trials


Emerging Professional Interest

While working for her A rating, Cindy did a lot of riding for other people, including Marilyn Payne, a Grand Prix dressage rider, FEI S judge and an Olympic level event judge. At this time, Cindy started to entertain the idea of becoming a professional teacher, trainer and judge in her own right. Her next horse, Topaz, a Westphalian thoroughbred cross, took Cindy to dressage through third level and in eventing, through preliminary three-day level. It was from Topaz that Cindy's real nuance in achieving a partnership with a horse emerged.  During her college years at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA, she studied Animal Science, and continued to ride as much as her studies would allow. By graduation, her sites were clearly set on entering the world of professional training and competition.



  1987 MCTA Horse Trials Topaz Preliminary Level



Cindy & Topaz 1987 Virginia Horse Trials Preliminary Level


Early Professional Preparation

During the 1990's, Cindy ran her own facility in Long Valley, New Jersey, where she had twenty two horses in boarding and training, and a large clientele of students under her direction.  Her weekends were busy with showing and managing her barn.  She continued to work under the direction of Marilyn Payne, an experience that has taught her that no matter how far one comes in this sport, one always needs a teacher of one's own. During this time, she also went through the L program through USDF, a training program that prepares judges and teachers for the world of dressage.


Hat’s Off Evented Beginner Novice & Shown  Second Level Dressage




                   Dominant at 1999 Windy Hollow Hunt shown Second level            Noon Court 1997 Area II Novice Champion



Dominant 1998 BLM Finals Second/Third Level 


Getting Established in Central New York 

In 2002, Cindy moved to Central New York, where she took a hiatus from riding and training to have a family.  Today, her two daughters Brianna and Gabrielle are actively following in their mother's footsteps, finding their life passions in sports and even horses. As her children started school, Cindy selectively returned to the world of riding and training.  She achieved her bronze medal with the USDF in 2005 and took on a small number of students and horses for training.  In 2008, she received her USEF “r” eventing license and her USEF “r” eventing technical delegate qualification.  At this time, she became very much in demand as an event and dressage judge.



 Montana 10 yr. old Dutch Warmblood NJ Horse Park 2003 


Laurel Highland Rambler” 8 yr. old Fell Pony owned by

Cherie Van Putten 2011 Saratoga Dressage First Level




Colorful Scenario owned by Tamar Law First Level

 Champion Chemung County Fair 2011



Dante 9 yr. old Canadian Warmblood latest

training project sold to Kathy Richman 

Lawrence & Cindy 2013 HITS on the Hudson, Saugerties, NY



Thanks to the support of her family and students, today Cindy is the primary instructor to fifteen dedicated riders, ranging in ages from 10 to 75.  Her riders have different goals.  Some want to compete at the upper levels of dressage.  Some enjoy trail riding and improving their relationships with their horses on a daily basis.  For Cindy, the goals and unique talents of each horse and rider team is what drives her teaching.  She continues to start and train young horses and take seasoned horses into the show ring in dressage. True to the insights from her professional development, she is continuing her own training under the direction of Lauren Sammis an International Dressage Competitor and Pan American Team Gold & Silver Medalist. Cindy has her sights set on obtaining her USDF silver medal with her new mount Lawrence. Lawrence is an 12 yr. old Canadian Warmblood by Lynx out of a Ferro mare.







USEF “r” Eventing Judge
• USEF “r” Technical Delegate
USDF L Program graduate
United Sates Pony Club Graduate “A” Rating
USDF Bronze Medalist
• Assistant coach Ithaca College Equestrian Team
• Currently Training with International Dressage Competitor Lauren  Sammis and Pan American Team Gold & Silver Medalist
• Currently competing in Dressage at PSG
         • Trained extensively with many Olympic Level riders
• Experienced teacher & trainer and judge
Specializing in creating harmony between horse & rider
          • 30 yrs. competitive experience in Dressage & Eventing
  Excellent lesson horses available
 • Lessons available at your equestrian facility



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