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Last call for Festival!

It’s your last opportunity to buy tickets for Saturday night’s dinner event at the Donida Dressage Festival this weekend! Tickets on sale at this link, purchase today!

We’re also still looking for volunteers to help at the Festival — if you are interested, please contact Denise at!

Andreas Hausberger clinic, July 2-6, 2014

A rare educational opportunity!

Andreas Hausberger, Chief Rider of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, is returning to the Northwest for a 5 day  Riding Clinic and Auditing Session, hosted by Donida Farm from July 2-6, 2014

andreas_hausburger1Herr Hausberger only makes a few appearances per year in the United States. He works with riders and horses of all levels, including many returning participants. His classical dressage training style emphasizes correct rider position and muscle tone, impulsion, and working horses ‘over the back’. Upper level work only occurs when the horse has a proper foundation to build upon. Clear improvements in the movement of the horse and the correctness of the rider’s aids can be seen by the end of each lesson. Some very dramatic changes can be made by the end of the week. Riders are very positive about their lessons and are grateful for his expertise, patience, clear explanations and careful corrections.

There is a great deal of variety during the course of the clinics. Andreas works with several horses in-hand on half-steps, piaffe and passage. Trainers who attend also learn how to improve their work in hand training horses in piaffe and passage. In addition, Mr. Hausberger may ride several horses at their owners’ request. Mr. Hausberger has a natural gift for teaching, and easily switches between instructing First Level and FEI Level riders, clearly enjoying his work, and has a knack for delivering constructive criticism and he gives praise to both horse and rider as it is earned. Auditors will have the chance to ask questions informally during the breaks and benefit from his many years of experience.

Register online to audit this clinic — click here!

Donida Farm and Gwen Blake present:

December 6-7, 2014

A clinic for everyone: dressage riders • trainers • judges • instructors

This type of symposium has been presented to RAVE REVIEWS on the East and West Coast.

The new USDF 2015 test movements Training Level through Grand Prix will be demonstrated and scored. What will improve your score 5%?

Scott Hassler and Janet Foy work with each horse/rider combination to correct the basics and move them up the levels. Janet and Scott will give examples and demonstrate training exercises to help the horses/riders achieve the correct basics and balance for their level. Both interacting with the audience for consistent question and answering periods.

Donida Farm will also be hosting a festive holiday trade fair during the symposium with more than 30 vendors and craftsmen selling clothing, tack, gifts, and other products and services — both equine-related and not — great for all your holiday shopping! Holiday Hay & Sleigh rides, too!

For more information and online auditor registration, click here.

Sponsors Needed for the Late Bloomers Breeders Showcase

Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 2.25.56 PMDonida Farm Equestrian Center is proud to present the first annual Donida Farm Late Bloomers Breeders Showcase. This recognized breed show, which will take place on Sunday August 10 at Donida Farm, will exhibit some of the most exceptional offspring and breeding stock from local Northwest Breeders.

This newly created show cannot move forward or survive without your support as a sponsor. In order for Northwest breeders to qualify for the USDF Year-End Awards, our region is desperately in need of another qualifying show. Many 2014 foals are either too young or have yet to be born, and are not able to compete in earlier scheduled competitions without putting them at high risk of injury or sickness. Without this Breeders Showcase, the hard work of many local breeders will go unrecognized at year-end.

Donida Farm and David & Gwen Blake are donating the facility rental and staff in hopes of bringing life to this show. Donida Farm would like to strongly encourage you to participate as a sponsor to the Breeders Showcase. This is an excellent opportunity for you to promote your products and/or services to a broad market. We are dedicated to offering you maximum exposure during the show and offer many options. Our goal is to raise $2,500 in get the show off the ground.

Click here to support the Late Bloomers Breeders Showcase as a valued Sponsor!

We look forward to working with you to promote your business, stable, or organization! Together we can make this event a successful experience for everyone. For more information, please contact Donida Sponsor Coordinator, Regine Brockway at 253.335.9834 or by email at or Gwen Blake at 360-507-9306 or by email at

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“Stretchy 1-2-3″ Clinic — June 8, 2014

gWENWebJoewell05Having difficulty with that stretchy circle in Training and First Level Dressage? Learn the technique to get your horse to stretch correctly so you can earn those higher marks and make the most of this coefficient. The “Stretchy Circle” has become one of the most misunderstood movements, and seemingly, one that riders often avoid practicing! But the idea of stretching our horses down should be so much more than just a score on a test, but something that can improve movement, throughness, and overall suppleness in the dressage arena.

Come learn the basics of this movement and gain the greatest potential between horse and rider in this one day workshop on June 8th, taught by USET Medalist Gwen Blake held at Donida Farm, Auburn WA

For more information on this clinic, including  ONLINE REGISTRATION, please click here!



Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 2.25.56 PMWorld class lines on this Grand Champion Weanling Filly sired by Famous “Ampere” and out of imported FEI Champion mare by Grabaldi. Candy is an FEI prospect with a very uphill frame and movement. Active strong engine with suspension and rhythm. USDF third ranked. Fabulous disposition to work with. $15,000.


Top quality chestnut Dutch mare sired by Contango out of the Gribaldi motherline. She is currently in foal, sold after foaling/weaning early 2014. Schooled thru first+ level. USA’s #1 with KWPN. Super engine and uphill built. Not a amateurs’ mount with all that power! Kind but sensitive. $30,000.


Craft Bazaar & Tack Sale – Dec 6 & 7, 2014

Donida Farm presents a Craft Bazaar & Tack Sale on December 8 and 9 from 9am to 4pm.

over 34 stalls of Local Homemade crafts, jewelry, table-runners, chocolates, baked goods, and more!

TACK SALE: Saddles, boots, blankets and more!

Espresso and yummy treats to enjoy while you shop!

Vendor spaces are still available! Contact: Gwen Blake, Karyn Joy or Regine Brockway for more information at  for more information!