Dannette Williams owns, teaches, and rides at D.O.K. Stables. She has been riding since 1962 and has been teaching since 1976.
Dannette attended Meredith+ Manor Equestrian College, WV and studied under K. Meredith, one of the most knowledgeable dressage judges in the country. Dannette graduated from Meredith Manor with a Horse Instructor Certificate in 1974 and a Horse Riding Master Certificate in 1975.
After graduating from Meredith Manor, Dannette showed and trained horses in Florida. She has training in English and Western pleasure, hunter/jumper, obstacles, and barrel racing. A few years after moving to Florida, Dannette realized that teaching gave her a greater sense of accomplishment than training or showing ever could. Since then, Dannette has dedicated herself to teaching the art of horse riding and care!
What sets Dannette apart as a riding instructor is her experience, dedication, and ability to connect with children. She believes in allowing children to bond with the horses while working beside them. The horses are used only once per day, providing a fresh horse for each child. Each lesson includes at least an hour and a half of saddle time. The remaining time is spent grooming, tacking, bathing, and on the general care of the horses. The older kids ride more than one horse in an afternoon. Lessons begin with ring work and exercising the horses and later include trail rides, cavalleti poles and jumps, fun games, obstacle courses, and horse shows.
Dannette's students leave her stables with an enhanced life experience and a new outlook on human kindness, patience and tenacity, and mostly as better riders!