Debra with the team at Franklands Farm
Gina Smith (centre) with Faust
My background is in the classical dressage training system.  I
have worked with a variety of breeds emphasizing the correct
way of going to produce athletic horses that are supple,
balanced and relaxed in their work.

I have trained horses to the Prix St. Georges level, and schooled
Grand Prix horses, including a Canadian Grand Prix  Champion
and Canadian World Cup Finalist.  I trained with 3-time Olympic
dressage rider and Olympic Bronze Medalist, High Performance
Coach, Gina Smith, from Franklands Farm in Brockville, ON.
My students have shown successfully at Gold
and Silver Dressage Shows and Provincial
Championships.  I have also coached
Intermediate Level Eventing students for the
dressage phase of competition.  My teaching
style has produced winning horse and rider
partnerships at both Silver and Gold
Competitions over the course of many
years.  Successfully coached students to
Third Level, Gold Shows.

I have a Bachelor of Science Degree from
the University of Guelph and was Manager
with the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency where
I provided regulatory expertise on equine
drug control issues and published
regulations regarding  Exercise Induced
Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) in racing
EC Certified Competition Coach
I have studied natural horsemanship and equine behaviour to offer students
a better understanding into the mental aspects of their horses.  Ground work
is a necessary component for building a relationship of trust and respect with
horses and improves the quality and progress of the horse's dressage

I am a firm believer that horses have a great deal to teach us as well, if we
take the time to listen. Training horses is a lifelong journey for me and one of
deep gratitude for the magnificence of the horse.
Debra with the stunning Hanoverian,
Prince of Tides
(Trained to Third/Fourth Level)