• USDF Gold Medalist

  • FEI Grand Prix Dressage rider

  • Owner of approved Lusitano breeding stallions: Vaquarius and Xerifino

  • Passionate and Experienced trainer and instructor

  • Specialization in Baroque Breeds.

USDF Gold Medalist Allison Mathy owns and operates Lyric Dressage in Petaluma, CA. She offers training of horse and rider through Grand Prix. Her program is goal-oriented, with students regularly working toward competitions and achieving their USDF Medals.

In addition to correct training, Allison emphasizes the holistic well being of all horses in her program.  The care and well being of the horse is always a top priority at Lyric Dressage.  Nutrition is of utmost importance and each horse has a diet that is individually tailored for their needs. All horses regularly receive massage, chiropractic and accupuncture care, and correct saddle fit is a must.

Allison enjoys working with all breeds of horses and has extensive experience working with and training the Iberian and Baroque breeds. 

Over the past 15 years she has helped many passionate riders find their dream horse. From foal to experienced Grand Prix horse. From Working Equitation to FEI Dressage. 

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"Nature can exist without Art,
but Art can never exist without Nature" 

~ Alois Podhajsky 



  • USDF Gold Medalist

  • Senior "S" dressage Judge

  • Working Equitation “S” judge

  • Breeder of Lusitano and Warmblood horses

  • Owner of Lusitano stud farm Vale do Aretê. The second oldest active stud farm in Brazil.

  • Classical trainer and instructor

  • Author of a diverse set of publications

  • ESPN Brazil TV commentator for the Olympic Games and World Equestrian Games Dressage.


Native Brazilian Agricultural Engineer and Agronomist André Ganc owns the breeding and training center Haras Vale do Aretê with locations in Petaluma, CA., and São Paulo, Brazil, Besides FEI dressage competitor from Young Horse Competitions up to Grand Prix, André is also national judge up to Grand Prix dressage, all Working Equitation levels, as well as Halter competitions. 

He was the first competitor to introduce the Lusitano breed to dressage in Brazil. 

André uses his long term expert knowledge of the Lusitano bloodlines to produce some of the world's most outstanding Iberian horses for dressage and can count on a large international customer base. 

André and the Lusitano stallion Utopia Imperial won both the Brazilian national and the São Paulo State championships at Prix St. George and Intermediate I. In 2014 they won all their classes at Grand Prix level. 

André has been the commentator for ESPN Brazil's Dressage TV coverage for the past two summer Olympics and World Equestrian Games. 

A graduate of the renowned São Paulo university in Brazil, André was invited three years to teach at the University's Equine Department, the best agricultural university in South America. André has also worked in Germany for the Friedberger Farm near Munich, and studied and ridden with Nuno Palma, Michele Henriguet, Udo Lange, Uwe Spenlen and many others. André says he is most influenced and inspired by Henriquet, Kyra Kyrklund and Harry Boldt. Now he supervises the Lusitano and Friesian horse breeding and training program at Haras Vale do Aretê, near São Paulo, Brazil. 

Website Haras Vale do Aretê:


Lyric Dressage in the Media


September 2018. Cover story in 'RIDING, the California riding magazine'. 

Click one of the below images to read the article about Lyric Dressage.