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2018 Shows and Clinics






Drill Team, Jan 19th

Drill Team, Feb 16th

Clinic Polson, Feb 24th

Clinic Missoula, Feb 25th

Drill Team, March 12th

Clinic Polson, March 24th

Clinic Missoula, March 25th

Drill Team, April 9th

Clinic Bend, OR April 21st-22nd

Show, Judging Missoula H/J May 5th

Clinic, Triple Take Arena, May 11th 

Show, RMR, Columbia Falls, May 12th-13th 

Drill Team, May 14th 

Show Rebecca Farm,  June 2nd -3rd  

Clinic, Triple Take Arena, June 15th 

Show, RMR, Columbia Falls June 16th-17th

Show Herron Park, June 28th

Show Spokane, July 14th-15th

Clinic, Triple Take Arena, July 28th 

Show, Danica Equestrian Schooling, July 29th

Show Spokane, Aug 11th-12th

Clinic Triple Take Arena, Aug 24th 

Clinic Seattle, WA Aug 25th-26th 

Clinic Bend, OR Sept 6th-7th

Clinic Portland, OR Sept 8th-9th

Show Regional Championships Sept 20th-23rd

First Show with Mo


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Western Dressage Lessons Available

Good training is good training, regardless of the type of saddle you use. 


 Danica uses dressage as a foundation for trail riding, barrel racing, jumping

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"L" Program Graduate w/ Distinction

Danica completed the USDF Judging program with high honors and will be judging league and schooling shows in Washington, Oregon and Montana this year


Danica Yates Resume




Olympian Debbie McDonald got me into dressage. I started out jumping and began teaching neighborhood kids when I was 12 and taking on resale projects. My mom had been scared to death of horses, but pretty quickly realized that I was not going to outgrow the horse craze and allowed me to adopt some mistreated ponies to train and sell. I was never too happy with the instruction that was available to me, so I by and large trained myself. When I was 15 I took an eventing clinic in which the dressage phase was taught by Debbie McDonald. She told me that I had natural talent for dressage and invited me to come train at her private barn. I sucked up every word Debbie spoke for 3 years. I respect not only her dynamic, sensitive teaching, but also her down to earth personality.

 I have many interests and passions, but horses have always been the center of my reality. The longest I have gone without riding was 3 months in college, I met a girl in a coffee shop on campus in breeches, followed her to her barn and accepted a job schooling jumpers. I got degrees in environmental studies and communication. I worked in environmental policy in Utah and for the National Park Service in Alaska as an interpretive ranger giving talks and leading off trail hikes. I worked for a short time riding on a sheep farm in New Zealand. I started training horses/teaching full time in 2007. I started a business in the Portland Oregon area traveling to various barns. In 2013 I moved to Montana with Nick to live in the mountains and started a business here in the Flathead Valley. We bought Heartwood Farms in 2015 cleaned up the property and revamped the farm house. In addition to the horse business, we founded Heartwood Tree Service in 2014 specializing in large removals, proper pruning and forestry and continue to enjoy the wilderness, running rivers throughout the west, backcountry skiing and camping.

 I now teach, compete, give clinics and judge dressage around the West. We currently own/co-own four dressage prospects who will be showing in the coming years. While I look forward to bringing these kids up the levels, one of my core principles continues to be don't take it too seriously. To be an Olympian takes pure dedication to yourself and your horse- my goals have always been to enjoy the horses and let them be horses and to share and spread the joy of riding to others.



I believe that the tools of classical dressage provide a language to communicate with horses. When horse and rider are both fluent and connected, an invisible dialog produces a brilliant, harmonious dance. There is nothing more magical than feeling a horse moving with ‘throughness.’ The goal for my teaching is to help students develop the feel to achieve this connection.  What makes me a valuable trainer, is my natural feel for horses combined with my interest in figuring out ways to explain riding to each individual student so that they can develop feel as well. I am a lifelong student of my horses and of my students. The horses I work with tend to love me because they can feel how much I love and respect them.  


I feel that the purpose of training dressage is not to simply look pretty and do tricks, but to develop a communication and a relationship. The truly effective rider can train a horse to do anything. My belief is that riders must relate to each horse individually and adapt techniques to be in sync with the horse's personality and behaviors.  I strive to enhance a horse’s natural brilliance found in his free movement. I encourage boldness, accuracy, and sensitivity and also a sense of humor- the understanding that both parties make mistakes and the baseline purpose is to enjoy this fabulous dance.