DME Performance Trainers

DME Performance Team Coach and Owner

Daisy Kosa

Daisy Kosa is the head coach of the Daisy Meadows Equestrian Performance team and co-owner of Daisy Meadows Equestrian Inc since 2009. She is a certified Equine Canada Competition Coach Specialist, teaching a broad range of students who compete on the local, provincial and national circuits in dressage and show jumping. As a trainer, she focuses on starting and developing horses so they become relaxed and happy athletes. Daisy currently trains regularly with multiple-time Canadian Olympian Cindy Ishoy, FEI judge Cara Whitham and jumping trainer Don Brandle. Her competition highlights include being a member of Canada’s Young Rider’s team for dressage in 2009 and a declared athlete for the 2011 and 2023 Pan Am Games, as well as many provincial (e.g., 2018, Don Garth, training level champion; 2017, Explosief, second level, Don Carletto, training level) and national championships (e.g., 2015, Explosief, training level; 2009, Robic, Young Riders). She has developed Explosief, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding by Tuchinsky owned by Katharine Renison, from 2 years of age and has competed at the Prix St George level with scores of 71%. She has also recently partnered with Scarlett, a 10-year-old warmblood mare by Sandra Song, owned by Cindy Ishoy, for a little over a year and has competed with her successfully at the national shows. Outside of the horse world, Daisy works as a Research Associate at Women’s College Research Institute in Toronto, Ontario, and is an assistant professor at McMaster University.

DME Academy Manager and Owner

Dan Allison

Dan Allison has been the Daisy Meadows Equestrian Academy manager and has been a co-owner of Daisy Meadows Equestrian Inc since 2021. He is a certified Equine Canada Instructor, specializing in developing foundational skills and stable position in his students of all levels. He takes a horse-centred and positive approach to starting horses as a trainer. His competition record has primarily focused on Western games. However, he is comfortable starting horses for both English and Western disciplines. He also has had a long track record of successful groundwork, including lunging and long lining and resolving common handling issues such as anxiety related to trailer loading so that both the horse and handler can move forward with the skills they need to work together confidently in the many situations they may encounter from the barn to the trails to the competition ring.

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