Classical Dessage, Working Equitation, Work in Hand...Spanish Walk to Piaffe.Diane's passion for horses began at a young age in Bogota, Colombia where she grew up. After being caught several times, roaming the mountains in search of horses to go galloping on, her mother decided to find her some “proper” riding instruction.
Years later after graduating with a Masters in Architecture and after starting her architectural practice in the late 70's she immediately returned to her childhood passion . For the next 6 years she traveled through the United States and Europe taking instruction from trainers she considered masters and mentors.
In 1985 she moved to Utah attracted by the vast amount of open space available to ride her horses freely. She started and trained horses in the deserts and mountains of Utah accompanied by her 3 children, who fortunately had inherited some of her same passion for riding. In 1986 she built Tally Ho Farm, an 11 acre equestrian facility in Park City, Utah . There she continued developing her training philosophy based on the schools of classical dressage. Diane also continued developing riders and horses in dressage and eventing. She pursued dressage through the FEI level, competing and training successfully on a national level.
In 2002 Diane rediscovered the Iberian horse and “philosophy and practice” were finally melded. She continues instructing and training in the art of Classical dressage and showcases her Lusitano Stallion Xantel and her Lusitano Mare Afrodite, both trained through level 4... (Grand Prix) Diane now breeds, trains and sells Lusitano and PRE horses and stands her stallion Xantel Interagro.
Through clinics and private instruction Diane combines Working Equitation and classical dressage. People of all riding levels are truly enjoying the basics of dressage in a fun and exciting way.
Christa Elaine Wood
Instructor- Trainer Dressage
Passion for maximizing potential with tangible results
Horse Trainer/ Instructor specializing in competitive dressage, correct development of riders and horses with a focused, systematic, compassionate and understandable approach to help each horse and rider compete and perform at their highest ability. Twenty-five years in the equine industry, combined with thirteen years in the breeding industry, has established a firm foundation and a well-rounded wealth of knowledge for students and horses alike
Awards and Achievements
USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalist all on horses started as foals
USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze Bar (Musical Freestyle)
2003 USDF Musical Freestyle Challenge Award 1st Level – #1 in USA
USDF All Breed (P.R.E.) – #6 in USA
USDF Musical Freestyle Region 5 | Champion (5x), Reserve Champion (3x)
USDF Open Championships | Champion (1x), Reserve Champion (4x)
National Champion 7 & Over P.R.E. Stallion | Reserve Functionality
Kelsey LarsenKelsey Larsen has been riding horses since before she can remember. Call her the all-round rider, from barrel racing to the jumper ring, Kelsey loves it all. As a junior she started out riding in local 4h clubs but later found her equestrian passion as a hunter jumper. Kelsey grew up training, working and showing locally in Hunters and Jumpers and later moved on to show and finish in the top placings in hunter classics and derbies and winning jumper classics and medal classes. Kelsey took a few years and trained in the equestrian sport of 3 Day Eventing before returning to the jumpers. During that time also, her interest in barrel horses was renewed and she started to jackpot a home bred horse she owned. She had many 1d placings with him and also rodeoed with the RMPRA rodeos. Kelsey has trained several jackpot and high school rodeo horses and this year she is joining the futurity path. Kelsey continues to also train hunter jumpers as well as barrel horses. Kelsey teaches junior and adults from beginners to intermediate riders. She loves to see others reach their goals with their horse whether as riders or owners.
3 Day Eventing, Jumping, beginners through advanced level riders.
Courtnay Gray is a trainer specializing in the training and coaching of 3-Day Event competitors and kids or adults who want to learn how to ride. Horses have played an integral role Courtnay’s entire life. Growing up in Florida, as a young girl Courtnay began taking riding lessons at local riding stables. Her love for the horses solidified that this was something that would be part of her life forever. Soon after, she joined the US Pony Club and began her career in 3-day eventing and graduated as a B pony clubber. As a young rider, Courtnay had the opportunity to ride and work with top level trainers in dressage, three day eventing and hunter jumpers in Florida and the Atlanta area. In 1998 she moved to Southern Pines, North Carolina to pursue becoming a professional equestrian. There she had the opportunity to work with J. Michael Plumb, Brian D. Lenehan, Bobby Costello, and many more of the best professionals in the country. Courtnay has successfully competed to the top levels and has a way of reading a horse and rider combination that allowed her to help each student reach their full potential.