I bring 50 years as a professional coach/trainer to my consulting work. I have had the privilege to work with and learn from some of the twentieth century’s most innovative thinkers and teachers, including: Sally Swift, Linda Tellington-Jones, Peggy Cummings, Monty Foreman Gene Lewis and Mary Wanless. I have also cliniced with world class horseman Bert DeNemethy, Jack LeGoff, Denny Emerson, Nuno Olivera, Herman Friedlaender, Charles deKunffy and Anders Lindgren and many others over my long career.

A national clinician, lecturer, and author of three books, the American Riding Instructors Association recognized my contribution to the industry in 1991 by making me the first recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award. It is the second most treasured award in my career, the first being my TEVIS buckle (earned in 1966), an award I consider the ultimate 20th century “working certificate of horsemanship” (prepare a horse, then ride it successfully 100 miles over the Sierra Nevada Mountains in under 24 hours)
 
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. In addition to getting  immediate answers to pressing questions, you receive a list of sources for additional topic related research to further enhance your personal knowledge.

“Virtual Lessons with Donna,” takes advantage of modern technology to enable owner/riders to receive a critique from an experienced, successful professional with suggestions for work to improve the issues addressed in the virtual lesson. You will provide a video for analysis. This service is especially helpful for anyone whose access to qualified instruction or the assistance of a trainer is limited.

For endurance riders and competitors (new or experienced), I offer customized training, conditioning and competitive programs as well as a host of other information and guidance for every goal from LD to world class competitions such as the Tevis Cup Ride.

For more details on the above programs, see my page on “Services” or e-mail me directly.