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Donna Snyder Smith

A lifetime of experience, A legacy of excellence

Although retired from active, on site coaching and clinic work, I am happy to be able to continue to offer the insights I have gained through a lifetime of training horses and coaching riders in numerous disciplines, including: Eventing, Dressage, Jumpers, Hunters, Endurance and Competitive Trail, through my consulting service and  “Virtual Lessons with Donna.”   My consulting service puts an expert as close as your e-mail or telephone. This service gives the amateur horse owner, rider and lover the ability to get quick, timely answers to important, time sensitive questions, on issues including: general health and welfare, equipment choices and correct fitting, training programs, training progression questions and behavioral issues.

Video Lessons

Today a little effort can get you access to a top equestrian coach with the use of video.  DSS offers specialized coaching to all levels of riders, from novice thru advanced. Trained in Centered Riding techniques, Donna can diagnose rider errors which affect the movement (and soundness) of the horse and the health and comfort of the rider. 

After viewing and studying a 20 to 30 minute video of you riding, You and she will schedule a phone consultation where Donna will walk you through your video pointing out the issues she has found while making suggestions for ways in which you can improve your performance (and that of your horse as well) and answer questions (approximately 1 hour).

$45.00 per session or 10 sessions for $350.00

Conditioning Program for Endurance

LD to 100 Miles (including Tevis).

The conditioning program is designed to fit your personal circumstances, including family obligations, work schedule, and geographical location. This program includes a recommended competitive schedule and a post-ride analysis with Donna after every ride.

$500.00 for six months 
$800.00 per year

Consulting Services

Answers to questions from bothersome to extremely critical.  Donna is available via telephone or e-mail to answer questions about: training, instructors and clinicians, purchase, and fit of equipment, shoeing and farriers, health and veterinarian care, conditioning, horse behavior, purchase, leasing and selling advise and forms, and any other horse related questions.

All it takes is a telephone call (for an issue which requires a quick response) or an e-mail.  
$20.00 per question/answer session, or take advantage of the package price of $50.00 unlimited access for one month, or $350.00 for one year. 

Email Donna

and tell her about you and your horse:

  • Internationally acclaimed Clinician

  • Over 50 years professional coaching

  • Author of 3 books

  • Western and Classical Dressage Judge

  • Worked with or studied under:
    • Sally Swift
    • Linda Tellington-Jones
    • Peggy Cummings
    • Monty Foreman
    • Gene Lewis
    • Mary Wanless
    • Bert DeNemethy
    • Jack LeGoff
    • Denny Emerson
    • Nuno Olivera
    • Herman Friedlaender
    • Charles deKunffy
    • Anders Lindgren