About Diane

A little background..

Diane started riding horses in Montana as a girl. She did rodeo, pleasure, ranch work, showing……..some on smooth gaited horses and some on walk/trot horses……..YES, even rodeo on a Tennessee Walking Horse. Diane moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1980 to work as trainer, instructor, and breeding manager of then the largest Tennessee Walking Horse farm in Canada. It was while in Canada she helped develop and write the first dressage tests for Tennessee Walking Horses. She competed and won the first judged TWH dressage shows in 1987 and 1988. Her last year in Canada, the horses that she trained and or showed at the 1988 Canadian Walking Horse Futurity made a land-slide win taking home firsts and championships from weanlings up through 3 year olds. The farms stallions and mares were honored for their offspring. While in Canada, she helped introduce the Tennessee Walking Horse into the Competitive Trail Riding scene and competed successfully for 5 years.

Back in the States, Diane turned her focus to learning more about the overall relationship and wellness of horse and rider/handler. This aspect has taken her into the study of biomechanics, nutrition, disease, feet, teeth, saddle fit, bits……..a holistic approach to a progressive and fulfilling life and relationship. Diane has been honored to work under the guidance of many at the forefront of awareness for the horse: Pearl Tompkins (forefather of Tennessee Walking Horse in the NW), Monty Foreman, Sally Swift, Peggy Cummings, Linda Tellington-Jones, Robin Hood, David Genadek, Doug Smith, Dr. David Whitaker…and many other focused, insightful horse professionals who are following the quest for knowledge of the horse. Diane has owned, trained, and instructed many Tennessee Walking Horses to National Versatility Awards.