Shanna MacNeill is a competitive Dressage rider with extensive successful show ring experience from Training through to the Advanced levels. She has competed for Alberta and Canada on an international scale both as an individual and team member. She was named to the Long List for the Canadian Equestrian Team twice as a Young Rider with her Anglo-Arabian mare Debutante, and later with Weynox, owned by Trakehner Glen.
Shanna has been a certified NCCP English coach with Equine Canada since 2001 and continues to expand her education through dedicated practice with special interest in Equine Science. She has a passion and self driven desire to learn, and believes in transparency and open communication, always encouraging questions and discussion in coaching her students and also as a student.
With an openness and genuine interest in teaching all ages and stages of enthusiastic horse people, Shanna continues to sharpen her eye and develop a fuller range of coaching skills. From Dressage to Hunter/Jumper and Eventing riders, all of who have the common goal to learn and become better equestrians, so do their trials, efforts and accomplishments contribute to Shanna’s evolution as an industry professional.
Above all, nothing has been as beneficial as having the opportunity to ride a multitude of different horses; from the first time as a toddler in the saddle with her Mom, to the lessons learned from schoolmasters and every horse between. With the belief that there isn’t anyone that can truly teach you the skills of horsemanship better than the horse, as long as you’re willing to listen, Shanna’s experiences with each individual have been priceless.
She has a refreshing outlook on collaboration and cooperation among professionals and wishes to see the betterment of the equestrian industry as a whole, for the benefit of both horse and rider well being.
Having achieved a good handful personal goals, and setting many more along the way, Shanna strives to assist others who wish to progress with their equine partners and will always be grateful to those who have helped with her journey – especially the horses who have touched her life.