Recent News

Testimonials

“I have a heap of mileage now, two world class horses that are ready to go and win!”

Donna Smith

Donna's training program is exceptional. She possesses a gentleness that puts young horses at ease and has immeasurable knowledge of various training methods that she effectively employs to maximize training benefits. Her results with my championships horses were truly remarkable and I would welcome an opportunity to have her work with me again.

Andrew Nicholson

“Donna’s attitude is always professional, not only with her dealings with the horses she produces and rides, but also in the way she deals with officials and her fellow competitors. I regard her ability as a rider and competitor with great respect.”

4* dressage judge

Anne Tylee

Donna Smith is an international event rider and trainer who rode for New Zealand at the 2006 World Equestrian Games. One of the most sportsmanlike and professional riders on the local circuit, Donna has produced many, many horses to Advanced level.
A former champion show jumper at Young Rider level, Donna is the current National 3* 3DE Champion, with her home-produced thoroughbred Balmoral Tangalooma. She is also the current National One-Day Champion with her and Sarah Varley's Just Chocolate.
Donna was based in the US for seven years with Olympic gold medalist David O'Connor, but is now based at her parents' Waerenga property, where she runs her successful business.

NZ Horse & Pony Magazine

“Donna has a great ability to problem solve issues a horse or rider are having. She gives practical solutions that are easy for a rider to understand and implement”

Liz Anderson