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“There’s only one person I know that keeps smiling when things goes wrong! And Donna has the best smile I know!”

Elise Edwards

“Our ambitions and goals are high, but we are dedicated to reach them, without our team of workers, owners, sponsors, supporters, family and friends, success would not be possible!”

Donna Smith

“Donna is recognised on our Future Potential Recognition group which are talented kiwi riders capable of producing high performance horses. It is out of this future potential recognition group that we hope to see some of our high performance combinations of the future.”

NZ HIGH PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR

Sarah Dalziell-Clout 

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'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