Emily Donaldson is a USDF Silver and Bronze Medalist, and professional dressage rider with a strong passion for young horses. Her training business, Emily Donaldson Dressage LLC, is based out of the beautiful Fox Mill Farm in Oxford, PA.

Emily has the unique ability to enthusiastically connect with horses and riders of all abilities, and she especially enjoys training young and green horses for dressage and sport. She starts her own young horses and structures her training program around a routine that includes ground-work, jumping and hacking.

In 2016, Emily was awarded the Sebastiaan Memorial Challenge Trophy and A-Beckett Challenge Trophy at Dressage at Devon for her win in Fourth Level 2. She was also the USDF Region 1 Champion at Training Level and Fourth, and competed three horses at the US Dressage Finals.

Emily is dedicated to furthering her own education in the saddle and has been fortunate to receive instruction from the best in the world. She currently receives frequent coaching from three-time Olympian and former Chef d' Equipe for the US Dressage Team, Jessica Ransehousen.

Prior to starting her own training business, Emily earned her BA in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh ('05) and worked in non-profit marketing and development for over seven years. She resides in Parkesburg, PA at her new farm and training facility Sewickley Farm with her husband, equine veterinarian, Mark Donaldson.


Emily's long-term goal is to represent the US in international competition. She would also like to continue to develop top quality young horses to FEI level completion. She is especially interested in sourcing talented American bred young horses.

In 2015 Emily purchased a First Premium KWPN weanling from breeders Scot and Carol Tolman of Shooting Star Farm in Spofford, NH. Knockout SSF (Eye Catcher x Bon Bravour) aka "Champ" is currently being cared for by legendary horsewoman Mary Hazzard at Lanefield Farm in Unionville, PA. Emily would like to acquire more young horses like Champ with the help of syndicate owners who are interested in being a part of the development of talented young horses for FEI level dressage.

Emily's short-term plans for her current competition horses includes the following:

  • Audi- 2009 KWPN gelding (Sir Sinclair x Idocus) bred by Nancy Murray and owned by Emily Donaldson. Emily purchased Audi when he was 2 years-old and started him under-saddle in the spring of 2008. She has been bringing him up the levels, with goal of developing him into a confident FEI horse. In 2016, Audi was ranked 7th for Fourth Level USDF Horse of the Year with a median score of 69.3%. He was the USDF Region 1 Champion at Fourth Level and was awarded the Sebastiaan Memorial Challenge Trophy and A-Beckett Challenge Trophy at Dressage at Devon for his win in Fourth Level 2. Audi made his FEI debut in 2016 competing in his first PSG. Emily's goal is to compete Audi on the FEI Small Tour in 2017.
  • Beaujolais 75 aka "Bunny" - 2009 Hanoverian gelding (Bugatti Hilltop x Contucci) bred by Doug Beacham and was acquired by Emily as an un-broke 3 year-old. She started him under-saddle in the spring of 2013. Emily took her time developing Bunny and focused on giving him a lot of cross-training experience through jumping and eventing. Bunny qualified for the AEC's (American Eventing Championships) in both 2015 and 2016. In 2015, Bunny was the CBLM Champion at Training Level. In 2016, Bunny finished in 6th place at the US Dressage Finals at Second Level and was 3rd place for the American Hanoverian Society's USDF All Breeds Award at Second Level. Emily's goal is to continue to develop Bunny with the plan of competing him at FEI in 2018. 
September 10, 2018 by Jill Apfelbaum

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