Shelley is an FEI level trainer, Level 3 NCCP Dressage Coach and a mentor for coaching certificates. She offers 30 years experience training young horses, and competing her mounts at top competitions in Europe, the United States, and Canada and has won many National, and International placings.
She started riding when she was 3 years old and has never looked back. She began her formal dressage training with Bonny Bonnello at Donsdale Stables in Edmonton, Alberta. As a teen, she and Bonny travelled many times to eastern Canada and Europe for training and to participate in high level dressage shows.
When Shelley graduated from nursing, she travelled to Germany to work for and train with Holger Munstermunn. Shelley spent 3 years working and learning with Holger often riding 13 horses per day.
She has also trained with:
- Gina Smith, Canadian Olympic Dressage Bronze Medalist in Alberta and Ontario, Canada
- George Theodorescu in Germany
- Johann Hinnemann in Germany
- Christilot Boylen and Udo Lange in Germany
- Lientje Scheuler, a Steffen Peters protégé, in Canada and in the US
Walter - In 2004, Shelley purchased Walter – a chestnut, Hanovarian gelding from Germany. He was 3 years old. She trained him to Grand Prix placing and scoring in the high 70s and 80s. He was sold to a rider in California who now competes at the Grand Prix level.
Damiro – In 2010, Shelley purchased Damiro, a 2 year old, liver chestnut, KPWN gelding from Jan Brouwer in Holland. He had never been handled or ridden. In 2013 he was shown in the FEI 5 year old class and scored in the mid 70’s. He was schooling at 4th level when he was sold in February 2015 to a rider in Portland, Oregon. View Shelley and Damiro training on YouTube.
Apache Avro – In 2015, Shelley purchased Avie, a 4 year old, liver chestnut, warmblood mare from Germany. She was completely untouched aside from being lunged a few times. Shelley has her under saddle now and she is turning out to be an amazing girl. Keep an eye out for Shelley and Avie in the 2016 Alberta shows.