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  • I have been lucky enough to train with Donna over the last few years with both my 2 star horse Kingston Time and my young horse Astek Guardsman. My results this year especially in the cross country are a credit to Donna's wonderful coaching and advice. THANKS Donna!
    Chanel Campbell
  • 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
  • “I have a heap of mileage now, two world class horses that are ready to go and win!”

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

    Elise Edwards
  • Dave and Bridget Sutton recommended Donna Smith to us when we bought Henton First Edition (Fraser) as a 3 year old. Under Donna's  supervision and expertise, he is developing the confidence and skills to move up the grades. He has talent but it has been  Donna's skill and professionalism and her calm manner which is giving Fraser confidence. Donna loves what she does and has a great connection with horses. As owners, we are really enjoying the experience of seeing Fraser develop under Donna's very thorough approach to bringing out the best in our young horse.
    Dean, Mandy & Anna Beverley
    Beverley Family