Olympic rider, Debbie McDonald, provided lessons to eight lucky riders at Somerset Farms on May 20, 2013!
Debbie McDonald is a former Hunter/Jumper rider who switched to Dressage in 1990. Debbie has competed in the Olympics and many international competitions. She now lives in Hailey, Idaho, with her husband Bob, a hunter/jumper and trainer. Debbie trains and teaches riders on Peggy and Parry Thomas’ River Grove Farm in Sun Valley, Idaho.
- On January 22, 2010 McDonald was named the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Developing Dressage Coach, a role designed to identify and cultivate future US Dressage stars.
- In 2009 Debbie Was named the USEF Developing Coach of the Year.
- In 2008 Debbie and her horse, Brentina, once again represented the US on the Olympic Team in Hong Kong.
- In 2006 Debbie was a member of the team that went to the WEG in Aachen, Germany were the helped bring the US a Bronze Medal home.
- In 2005 Debbie (with Brentina) won the Freestyle Championships. They went on to the WC in Las Vegas where they finished third.
- In 2004 Debbie (with Brentina) won the Freestyle Championships. They went to Germany and showed in Dortmund where they won the GP and the GPS. They were given a spot on the Olympic Team for Athens where they led the team to a Bronze Medal, and finished 4th Individually.
- In 2003 Debbie (with Brentina) were given a Wild Card to the WC in Sweden. As it would turn out they won the WC title. They are the first Americans to hold such a title they also were members of the team that went to Aachen, were they were once again team Silver and Bronze individual. The were also 2003 USOC Athlete of the Year.
- In 2002 Debbie (with Brentina) once again won the GP Championships at the selection for the WEG in Spain. They went on to win a team silver medal, best and finished 4th overall.
- In 2001 Debbie and Brentina won the GP Championships at the Festival of Championships.
- In 1999 Debbie and Brentina took first place in the State Line Tack/USET Inter. 1 Championships at the Festival of Champions in Gladstone N.J. That earned them a spot on the Pan American Team in Canada. They went on to win the Team and Individual Gold Medals. Debbie was voted the USOC Woman of the year, AHSA Equestrian of the year. Brentina was also named the AHSA horse of the year.