Elise Edwards-Smith has become a key part of Donna Smith Eventing and has brought a wealth of experience to the team.

She is the general organiser and manager of Donna and the horses, she books lessons & horse schooling, sorts the admin, plays secretary for events & clinics, when Donna is away teaching she manages all the horses and day to day running of the yard, the chief cleaning fairy and she handles the horses on the lunge with great confidence (a very important skill at DSE) PLUS rides full time and competes!!!

“I admire Donna’s incredible horsemanship and am growing as a rider and trainer of horses under her eye.” Elise Edwards

Elise has spent her career in the health industry managing a Physiotherapy business in Auckland. Being both trained in Equine Sports Bodywork and having treated clients as a Sports Massage Therapist, Elise has found these skills to be indispensable at DSE. “Understanding more about a horses conformation and movement enables me to spot discomfort issues early. I have noticed that muscular injuries can sneak up little by little. Picking up the issues and treating them before they become a problem is really important.”

Elise is now full steam ahead with her riding and is really enjoying producing young horses. She has a very good eye for a horse and has produced several top horses in recent years. Quantico, her talented 2* eventer that sold to Australia was broken in by Elise and then produced by herself. Mr Hokey Pokey was started by Elise and her daughter Dani, and she also produced Mendoza to 3*, he is now with Donna at 4* and a jumping machine!

“Two really important things I’ve learnt from Donna as my coach… Hot horses need to go with a lot of leg and lazy horses need to go without any leg!!!  You need to 100% trust and respect your coach and then with that knowledge in your head then learn to ride what you feel at the time.”


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