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2017 Shows and Clinics

Show, Obstacle Challenge I, April 8th

Show, Missoula Hunter Jumper, May 6th

Clinic, Portland, May 20th-21st

Clinic, Bend, May 22nd-23rd

Show,  Herron Schooling, May 27th 

Show, Rebecca Farms Dressage, June 2nd-3rd

Show, Obstacle Challenge II, June 10th

Clinic,  Ellensburg,  June 15th-16th

Clinic, Monroe, June 17th-18th

Show, Flying Colors Mini Event, July 8th

Show,  Spokane Dressage, July 15th -16th  

Show,  Danica Equestrain 4th Annual, July 30th  

Show, Missoula Dressage, Aug 5th-6th   

Clinic, Bozeman, Aug 26th - 27th

Clinic, Missoula Sept 10th 

Show,  Herron Schooling Sept

Show, Championships Boise, Sept. 21st-24th  

Clinic, Portland, Oct 12th-13th

Clinic, Bend, Oct 14th-15th

First Show with Mo

 

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Western Dressage Lessons Available

Good training is good training, regardless of the type of saddle you use. 

 

 Danica uses dressage as a foundation for trail riding, barrel racing, jumping

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"L" Program Graduate w/ Distinction

Danica completed the USDF Judging program with high honors and will be judging league and schooling shows in Washington, Oregon and Montana this year

Resume

Danica Yates Resume

 

BIOGRAPHY:

 

Debbie McDonald got me into dressage. I started out jumping and began teaching neighborhood kids when I was 12 and taking on resale projects. My mom had been scared to death of horses, but pretty quickly realized that I was not going to outgrow the horse craze and allowed me to adopt some mistreated ponies to train and sell. I was never too happy with the instruction that was available to me, so I by and large trained myself. When I was 15 I took an eventing clinic in which the dressage phase was taught by Debbie McDonald. She told me that I had natural talent for dressage and invited me to come train at her private barn. I sucked up every word Debbie spoke for 3 years. I respect not only her dynamic, sensitive teaching, but also her down to earth personality.

 I always have had many interests and passions, but horses have always drawn me back. The longest I went without riding was 3 months in college, I met a girl in a coffee shop on campus in breeches, followed her to her barn and accepted a job schooling jumpers. I got degrees in environmental studies and communication. I have worked in environmental policy and for the National Park Service as an interpretive ranger giving talks and leading off trail hikes in Alaska. On weekends and evenings now, I like to write for magazines, backcountry ski, white water raft and hike and bike all over the mountains.

My training business was based in Oregon for the last 5 years and I have recently relocated to Montana for better access to the mountains. I teach, compete, give clinics and judge dressage. One of my core principles continues to be, not to take it too seriously. To be an Olympian takes pure dedication to yourself and your horse- my goals have always been to enjoy the horses and let them be horses, and to share and spread the joy of riding to others.

Philosophy:

What makes me a valuable trainer, is my natural feel for horses combined with my intense interest in articulating that feel. I have not invested my life in dressage competition, I enjoy backcountry skiing and other adventures with my husband too much to be on the road all the time. But I have invested myself in understanding how I do what I do. I geek out on figuring out ways to explain riding to each individual student so that they can develop feel as well and I am a lifelong student of my horses and of my students.  

 

I believe that the tools of classical dressage provide a language to communicate with horses. When horse and rider are both fluent and connected, an invisible dialog produces a brilliant, harmonious dance. There is nothing more magical than feeling a horse moving with ‘throughness.’ The goal for my teaching is to help students develop the feel to achieve this connection.  

 

The purpose of training dressage is not to simply look pretty and do tricks, but to communicate effectively. The truly effective rider can train a horse to do anything. My belief is that riders must relate to each horse independently and adapt techniques to be in sync with the horse's personality and behaviors.  I strive to enhance a horse’s natural brilliance found in his free movement. I encourage boldness, accuracy, and sensitivity and also a sense of humor- the understanding that both parties make mistakes and the baseline purpose is to enjoy this fabulous dance.