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 horses.
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 training.

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.