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Jim DiMilte

Dressage Instructor

Jim DiMilte is a certified riding instructor who has ridden with many of the most respected names in the dressage world. While being certified by the Morven Park International Equestrian Institute in 1971, Jim studied with Major Joseph Lynch, the 1968 US Olympic Team coach, and Jimmy Wofford, one of that team’s riders. Since that time Jim has pursued excellence in dressage, studying with Hans Möeller and Hans Handler of the Spanish Riding School, Charles DeKunffy, Hilda Guerney, Dominique Barbier, Natalie Lamping, Tom Poulin, Michael Handler, Lilo Fore, Sonja Vracko and many other respected and accomplished clinicians.…Read More
Unicorn DressageWebsite: http://www.unicorndressage.com
Biography

Jim DiMilte is a certified riding instructor who has ridden with many of the
most respected names in the dressage world. While being certified by the Morven
Park International Equestrian Institute in 1971, Jim studied with Major Joseph
Lynch, the 1968 US Olympic Team coach, and Jimmy Wofford, one of that team’s
riders.

Since that time Jim has pursued excellence in dressage, studying
with Hans Möeller and Hans Handler of the Spanish Riding School, Charles
DeKunffy, Hilda Guerney, Dominique Barbier, Natalie Lamping, Tom Poulin, Michael
Handler, Lilo Fore, Sonja Vracko and many other respected and accomplished
clinicians. Jim has also had the opportunity to attend clinics where he learned
from Reiner Klimke, Robert Dover, Christine Stüeckelberger and Gustav Nableaus,
former president of the FEI dressage committee. These experiences amount to a
terrific repertoire of learning from some of the world’s greatest dressage
riders.

Jim offers lessons on a regular basis at Elk Haven Equestrian Center.  Please contact Ginni Erion at (509) 899-3268 to schedule with him.

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Deb Dougherty

Dressage Instructor

Over the past two decades Deb has won numerous USDF All Breeds awards and year end high percentage awards from the American Morgan Horse Association and the American Warmblood Society.  In 1994, she was the first person to be awarded a USDF Gold Medal  on her Morgan horse Pattie, and is subsequently mentioned in the http://www.morgandressage.org website.…Read More
Cell Phone: (509) 949-3946
Biography

Over the past two decades Deb has won numerous USDF All Breeds awards and year end high percentage awards from the American Morgan Horse Association and the American Warmblood Society.  In 1994, she was the first person to be awarded a USDF Gold Medal  on her Morgan horse Pattie, and is subsequently mentioned in the http://www.morgandressage.org website.

She has a background in music as an instrumentalist and vocalist, and is therefore able to combine her musical experience with her dressage performance experience to create musical freestyles. In 1992 she and Pattie won the Northwest Cup Musical Freestyle Championships and in 1993 placed 5th in the USDF Musical freestyle Awards.  In both 2004 and 2006 she won the AWS Freestyle Horse of the Year on Whispered Dreams, as well as finishing 6th in the USDF Musical Freestyle Awards.

She is passionate about teaching and even more so about helping each student and their horse achieve harmony and teamwork in their communication and performance.  She always strives to be positive and encouraging in order to foster confidence and a “can do” attitude in her students.  She offers lessons twice a week in Ellensburg as well as in Selah.

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Meg Hays

Horse Training/Dressage Instructor/Horse Boarding

Meg’s passion for horses started at a young age. She was born and raised in Yakima, WA and has always loved the horse community here.  She started riding at the age of four and could never imagine her life without horses. Growing up she was involved in Pony Club and graduated with a C-3 rating.  …

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Whymsical Windsong FarmsHome Yakima WA 98908 Cell Phone: 509-964-3684Website: http://WhymsicalWindsong.com
Biography

Meg’s passion for horses started at a young age. She was born and raised in Yakima, WA and has always loved the horse community here.  She started riding at the age of four and could never imagine her life without horses. Growing up she was involved in Pony Club and graduated with a C-3 rating.  During her time in Pony Club she enjoyed jumping, but found her true passion to be dressage.

She trained her childhood horse who is a purebred Arabian in Dressage and successfully competed with him through the levels to Intermediate I until an injury forced his retirement. As an adult she pursued her bachelor’s degree in nursing from WSU, simultaneously continuing to ride and compete in dressage. She has trained her current competition horse, CA Zanes Darjeeling, through the levels and will be showing Grand Prix this year.  She has successfully trained and shown horses through the FEI levels.

She is the recipient of the USDF Bronze, Silver Medals Gold Medals and has won numerous regional and national championships.  She loves training horses of all breeds and backgrounds.  Her second love is instructing and she enjoys teaching students of all ages and experiences levels.  Her training is a combination of elements from natural horsemanship and Dressage.  She is able to communicate with both horse and rider at any level of experience.  She has experience in starting young horses, or retraining older horses, with an emphasis on correct basics that will lead them to be successful Dressage horses or just great riding companions.  She continues her equestrian education with trainer, instructor, and “S” judge Mike Osinski who also just passed his FEI 3* testing.

She specializes in teaching Dressage, but also offers Natural Horsemanship training.  She offers training, lessons, starting young horses, and retraining problem horses.

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Jillian Santi

Western Dressage Instructor

Jillian has been riding for over twenty-five years.  She competed in walk/trot classes at the age of four, was a member of Pony Club for four years, participated in schooling and Class A Hunter/Jumper shows, Evented, then turned her total attention to Dressage eleven years ago.  She received her Gold Medal and Gold Bar in 2011 with her Haflinger, a non-traditional Dressage horse, that she trained up the levels from just basic walk, trot, canter work to Grand Prix.  …Read More
Home Phone: (360) 321-4668
Biography

Jillian has been riding for over twenty-five years.  She competed in walk/trot classes at the age of four, was a member of Pony Club for four years, participated in schooling and Class A Hunter/Jumper shows, Evented, then turned her total attention to Dressage eleven years ago.  She received her Gold Medal and Gold Bar in 2011 with her Haflinger, a non-traditional Dressage horse, that she trained up the levels from just basic walk, trot, canter work to Grand Prix.  She began working on Western Dressage over a year ago starting with attending the first Train the Trainers clinic in Colorado, receiving a certificate of completion for that clinic.

She has participated in clinics with Jane Savoie, Debbie McDonald, David Blake (a student of Steffen Peters), and four years of two to four lessons per month with Jeremy Steinberg.  She also has had additional private lessons with Cliff Swanson, one of the founders of the WDAA and a USEF judge.  She holds a Level II ARIA certificate for Dressage and Hunt Seat.

Jillian enjoys supporting youth as well as teaching.  She has been judging 4-H shows for the last two years and has given many lessons to 4-Hr’s in both Dressage and Western Dressage on Whidbey Island.  She has taught the Adult Clinic of the Northeastern Chapter of the Oregon Dressage Society and judged their Dressage schooling show, which included Western Dressage. She gives monthly clinics throughout the summer in both Dressage and Western dressage in LaGrande, OR.  She also gives Western Dressage lessons on a regular basis in Ellensburg, WA at Kathy Grasher’s arena.