Dana HongistoTrainer and Instructor,
grew up with horses and began competing in 4-H at the age of 10.In her
competed in all disciplines of riding, including Western pleasure, jumping, and driving.She
fell in love with dressage while taking lessons from Pam Atkinson, a USDF bronze medalist and Grand Prix trainer.Soon after, Dana
became Susan Snethkamp's part-time working student, exercising her Grand Prix horse Turbo.
In 1993, Dana
purchased a thoroughbred off the track, Emma.She
spent the next couple years retraining Emma, and her
hard work paid off when she
competed at the class A division and qualified for the regionals at 1st level dressage.
In the fall of 2001, Dana
became a full-time working student with Lendon Gray
at Gleneden Dressage in Bedford, New York.Lendon is a three-time Olympian who instilled in Dana
the importance of using a forward riding system as her
base for riding, teaching, and schooling.While at Gleneden, Dana's duties included graining and turn out for 50 horses, and she
schooled up to six horses a day at various levels, from green to Grand Prix.
The following year, Dana
trained in Wellington, Florida, with Oded Shimoni and Nancy Later at Kingsclere Dressage.
In 2006, Dana
moved to the Madison area with her
husband and young son, eager to continue her
training and teaching career, and in October 2007, she
and 3-year-old Prophet joined Snapdragon Farm and Stables
.After the birth of her
newest son, Eli, in November, Dana
is looking forward to training and instructing full time for Snapdragon
has experience training all breeds, from Arabian to Danish Warmblood; and all disciplines, from Western pleasure to Dressage.She
already has four horses scheduled to begin training in January 2008 and is looking forward to increasing her
At Snapdragon, Dana
will be offering basic instruction, from beginner to intermediate level in English and Western pleasure and dressage instruction from Training level to 2nd level.She
also offers beginner jumping lessons.All lesson programs will be suited to your individual needs.