Trainer

About Shelley

Shelley has been 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
  • Jamie Irwin, Canadian Dressage star on the rise 

Accomplishments


Walter – In 2004, Shelley purchased Walter – a chestnut, Hanovarian gelding by Weltmeyer 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 Sandro Hit/Kolostony from  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.

Avro – In 2015, Shelley purchased Avie, a 4 year old, liver chestnut, warmblood mare by Apache/Donnerball from Germany.  She was completely untouched aside from being lunged a few times.  

Jackson - Shelley's latest purchase.  Now a very talented 4 year old, Jackson is  a KPWN warmblood by Johnson/Florencio.  He is becoming very steady and is almost ready to begin his show career.