I have owned and worked with horses my whole life thanks to my grandparent’s love for foxhunting passed down to my mother’s passion for horses and the belief in the training of life’s lessons through horse care and management. I feel privileged to continue my work within the equine industry as a tribute to what was begun by my mother so many years ago. I have shown and competed horses and ponies all over the U.S in dressage, eventing, hunters, and for pony club (National and Regional rallies).
As a young rider, I showed horses in Hunter & Hunt Seat Equitation, competed in Pony Club rallies and evented my 15h arabian/pinto cross to training level. As a young rider, I had amazing opportunities to ride with some of the best instructors in clinics, lessons and through pony club mounted meetings and rallies.
I graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Equine Science. I attained my B rating through pony club under the age extension, having a chance to rejoin Hilltoppers Pony Club in Georgia as an older member and continue my education to the age of 25. My continued pony club involvement has enhanced my teaching practices to children of all ages.
I am comfortable teaching rider’s of all ages and backgrounds in either group, semi-private or private lessons dressage, cross country or stadium as well as starting and finishing horses of all ages and problem horses.
Continued lessons and training with other instructors (see Instructor list below) keeps me current and aware of my own education as a rider, trainer and instructor to help meet my own students’ needs. I competed my own pony club gelding, Hott Shott, at the USPC National Dressage Rally (1995) in Lexington, VA
As an event instructor and coach, I have personally competed at most of the Area I events, a few Area IX, and many Area III, IV, VIII events; coach at recognized and unrecognized events and continue to school groups of riders on the available cross-country courses.
- Julie Durette
- Lori Hoos
- Jason Canton
- Heather Smith
- Bunny Hendricks
- Jim Graham
- Janet Briggs
- Pam Kimble
- Sue Winslade
- Nancy Guyotte
- Betsey Reaves
I am a current member of the USEA and USEF and FEI. I have competed through 2nd level Dressage and Preliminary Eventing and working on the CCI 1* with Inki Blandford as well as bringing several OTTB and young horses through the levels.
About the Trainer, Danielle Durette Tursky
Danielle has had the pleasure of being involved with the equine industry for over 20 years. As a United States Pony Club (USPC) “B” graduate, Danielle teaches the importance of safety and horsemanship to all of her students. She has had the opportunity through pony club to compete in Nationals for dressage in 1995, as well as numerous regional pony club rallys in dressage, show jumping, and eventing.
Danielle is a graduate of Colorado State University with a B.S degree in Equine Science. She has held many barn manager positions throughout the South, using her degree and knowledge to successfully run eventing show barns. Starting as a young child to pay for lessons, she began as a “barn rat” working on weekends cleaning and taking care of horses.
In addition, Danielle has taught at a summer camp in VT, trained foxhunting horses in GA, examiner and clinician for many USPC functions and ratings, competed in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association in college, and evented through the United States Eventing Association in Area I, III, IX.
Danielle does especially well with children and loves teaching all ages! She makes learning a fun and confidence building experience.