Our History

  • 1.

    Early Beginnings

    Carole and Chuck Grant were one of the forefounders of Dressage in United States. They started training Dressage Horses at their farm Shine-a-Bit in 1978. Carole credits her late ex-husband, Chuck Grant, second inductee to the United States Dressage Federation Hall of Fame, with helping her "get into the mind of the horse."

  • 2.

    Students

    Carole has trained many students from National to International Competitions. She has helped her students achieve their goals in competitions. Carole's most well-known student is Betsy Rebar Sell, who rode Wonderful Walden to the Team Gold Medal at the 1999 Pan-Am Games.

  • 3.

    Teaching Goals

    Tonya started working in Dressage following her parents footsteps in 2000. She truly believes in her father's Chuck Grant's famous quote "Ask frequently; expect little or nothing; reward generously." She applies this to her teachings everyday as she trains young horses.

Testimonial

  • "As a trainer, Carole always gives 110% - whether you are the first or last ride of the day. She gives you her complete attention and enthusiasm.She makes the exercises WORK for you. She is quick to diagnose what the problem is and makes it simple to get where you are headed. The horses Carole has chosen for me have always suited me perfectly."

    Betsy Rebar Sell Team Gold Medalist, 1999 Pan-Am Games

Carole Grant

International Trainer.

Carole Grant has had a successful career as both world renowned rider and horse trainer. With her horse Percy III, she represented the United States at the 1982 World Equestrian Games in Lausanne, Switzerland. She earned two Gold Medals at the 1983 Pan-Am Games in Venezuela. She has owned and trained countless international horses to Grand Prix, and trained riders all the way to the Olympic level. In 1984, the USET Foundation awarded Carole with the Whitney Stone Cup. Per the USET Foundation News posted January 30, 2012, "The award is presented annually to an active competitor who displays consistent excellence in international competition and high standards of sportsmanlike conduct while serving as an ambassador for the United States and equestrian sport.

Tonya Grant

USDF Gold and Silver Medals.

Tonya Grant excelled at jumping events as a young girl and continues to excel at professional Dressage competitions as an adult. Tonya brought home USDF Gold and Silver Medals in 2002 on Tamara, a PRE Stallion. She won the 2008 USEF Silver Stirrup award for Grand Prix and I-II Champion USDF ranked 4th nationally riding Dutch Stallion Kevekko. In 2009, Tonya and Kevekko won the Grand Prix at The Winter Equestrian Festival Classic in Wellington, FL. Tonya's Dressage trainers have included her late father Chuck Grant, her mother Carole Grant, the late Sally Swift, Klause Balkenhaul, Michelle Gibson, Balimo instructor Nancy Baker and Susan Harris.

Our History Photographs