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  1. “We are only as good as the team behind the scenes that support us.”

    Donna Smith

  2. We became involved in eventing as a consequence of needing to find a meaningful activity for  my retiring racehorses, hence we met Donna Smith. Donna has ridden a number of my horses for the last six years. Donna is an outstanding rider and horsewoman with great skill, ability and experience but also great patience and tolerance which enables her to take very difficult horses and turn them into champion eventers. We are very proud to be part of Donna's team and I have been dubbed "Showtime Grandma" for looking after the troupe at events, providing meals, a warm place to rest and a small tipple at the end of the day.
    We will continue to support Donna and hopefully be with her as she gains more international recognition and titles as fitting for a rider of her class. I think Donna's win on my horse Cluny in the CCI1* at Kihikihi was outstanding in the circumstances, and I thank Donna so much for that.

    Gaye McClunie

  3. 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

  4. Donna Smith has been riding for Henton Lodge Hanoverians for a number of years.  From CCI*** with Henton Executive to newly broken three year olds.  We have always found Donna to be very professional both on and off a horse, she is a very skilled and experienced horsewoman, especially in the discipline of horse trials.  We would highly recommend Donna, and have done so, to any prospective owners.  We look forward to working with Donna to produce our horses for many years to come and the ever smiling face is always welcoming. Dave and Bridget Sutton www.hentonlodge.co.nz

    Henton Lodge Hanoverians

  5. When I first started having lessons with Donna I had a horse who's canter was more like a run, no collection, just flat. My horse would jump through jumps, would bounce one stride combinations, so on and so forth. With Donna alone as my instructor my horse and I have been consistently double clear before that had never ever done a clear round of show jumping and have since come first in an optimum time round with 30 competitors. I am now focusing on dressage and the improvements are incredible. No one is too big or too small for Donna, seen her give all her attention whether it's someone on a stubborn kick along pony or one of NZ's renowned eventers. The techniques and skill set that Donna teaches is straight forward and effective and I truly have no need for another coach. Dressage, show jumping, cross country, whatever you need. You will never come away without improvement and will consistently have 'the best lesson ever'.

    Rebekah Greig