Joining Forces with Donna Cameron to Build the Cutler Farm Dream
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Donna opened Cutler Farm in 2006 with the help of friends Bill Warren and Bill McMullin, who not only helped with the design and construction but also served as trainers for the farm. “Both Bill Warren and Bill McMullin were an integral part of launching Cutler Farm,” Donna said. “I truly appreciate their professionalism, and their friendship throughout the last several years.”Diana also joined the training team in 2009, working with the two “Bills.” More recently, she has taken over the role as head trainer as she and Donna work together to make Cutler Farm a premier educational facility for the East Coast.
Donna, herself an amateur dressage rider, had this to say about Diana, “All of us at Cutler Farm are delighted to have Diana at our training facility in this role. With her classical dressage education, Diana brings to the table a unique combination of strength and compassion, discipline and kindness. She is a gifted rider, brilliant trainer, and trusted friend. Her seat is incredible and she can figure out the most appropriate exercises to tackle any training issue with ease. Her relationship with Pascal – (who is quite a character) – is remarkable in that they both give so much of themselves to each other. They are a delight to watch and learn from, both in the show ring and at home.”
With Diana now very much on her team, Donna has high hopes not only for her own riding, but also for the future of the Cutler Farm dream. “I wake up every day immensely grateful for the wonderful life I have and only hope that as many people as possible will be able to avail themselves of all that Cutler Farm will offer to the dressage community at large,” Donna said.
Both Diana and Donna are looking toward the future with anticipation. “We have Heike Kemmer coming to Cutler Farm in October,” Donna says. “It’s this caliber of clinician we hope to bring to Cutler Farm, and to share with the dressage community, in the very near future. Diana, with her contacts here and abroad, is an integral part of expanding horizons for all of us.”
One other thing this dynamic duo has in planning is a southern base for Cutler Farm. “We also plan to develop a Cutler Farm South in Wellington to ensure continuity in our training methodologies throughout the year,” Donna said. Diana said the southern base invites riders from throughout the U.S. to join the team in Florida in the winter and participate in the Farm’s educational programs. “Miranda van Kol travels to Florida with us and we keep our horses at a lovely barn very close to Wellington.
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