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Performance Program Coordinator

Brittany Maxner

Brittany organizes our performance team, does the accounting and scheduling for all of DME, as well as works side by side with Jennifer to run our in house show series!

Brittany has been riding for 26 years.  This past year she retired her Prix St. George dance partner Spider of 19 years together; and is currently working with Callie.  She is developing her up the dressage levels with coach and DME owner Daisy Kosa.

 

Qualifications: EC Certified Instructor &       EC Rider Level 8

 

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Academy Program Coordinator

Jennifer Baic

Jennifer wears many hats in the DME Academy, teaching the stable management program, lessons and organizing events and clinics. She is a proud “barn mom” to her daughter who also rides with the DME Performance Team.

Jennifer is one of the luckiest riders out there in that she has the privilege of owning the school horse who made her. After a long hiatus from riding in her teen years, Jennifer started taking lessons on Velvet in the DME Academy in 2018. In early 2020 Jennifer purchased Velvet from the Academy and together they have been training with the DME Performance Team preparing to show in dressage. They are currently working on First Level skills.

Qualifications: EC Rider Level 6

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Head Instructor

Aleasha Nimec

 

Aleasha has been riding for over 24 years. She started in Hunter/Jumper than moved to dressage. She currently trains /competes in barrel racing events & has qualified for the International Barrel Racing Association's  finals the past 2 years. Aleasha teaches English riding, speed events & beginner/novice western performance.

Before joining our team Aleasha was a vet tech for a decade. Her experience is valued greatly with the care of our horses.

Qualifications: EC Certified Instructor

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Senior Instructor

Patrick (Pat) Kosa

 

Pat has been riding since the age of 10. His passion is jumping and has competed extensively in the jumper ring. Patrick is an Early Childhood Educator and works as a supervisor for the YMCA.  He takes pride in helping students take their first steps in riding. Pat is passionate about teaching beginner jumpers and enjoys helping them develop the skills they need to turn into confident jumping students.

Qualifications: EC Rider Level 6

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Senior Instructor

Gwen Cottle

Gwen has been riding since she was 12 years old.  The one lesson a week she begged her parents for, quickly turned into two and participating in the local Pony Club, then part boarding and leasing and then eventually getting her own horse.  Gwen grew up eventing, and still loves the concept of combing the precision of dressage with the thrill of galloping over a cross country course.  After taking some time to focus on her career, Gwen is back in the saddle and now riding as member of the Daisy Meadows Performance Team in dressage under the instruction of Daisy Kosa.  Gwen loves helping new riders experience riding for the first time and hopes she can help all her students feel the joy that comes with  developing a relationship with a horse!

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Certified Senior Instructor

Stephanie Amann

 

Stephanie started riding in the summer of 1980 and has been around horses ever since.  From summer camps to riding schools to owning her first horse (the infamous Marshmallow!) Stephanie has had a lifetime of horse related experiences.     She started riding with Daisy Kosa about 5 years ago and taught in the MJM riding school for a couple years.     She has recently returned to DME academy after taking some time off to work on the farm where she lives with her husband and daughter.   While she does not ride regularly at MJM anymore, she does ship in her thoroughbred mare Tanner for lessons and shows and can also be found hunting with Marshmallow at the Hamilton Hunt Club.

 

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Instructor

Ariana Kelley

Ariana started riding when she was 5 years old and I fell in love with horses and equestrianism. Originally starting out as a riding school student, Ariana is now coached by Daisy with her little buddy Yoshi! She started working for Daisy as a groom for the Performance Team and barn staff for the academy, and now she works as a coach for the academy team!

Ariana loves working with her students and enjoys helping them find a love for the sport and horses as she has.  She is currently working on getting her official instructor’s certification and improving her skills and performance in the sport.

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Instructor

Kaelin Platt

Kaelin has had a love for horses for as long as she can remember and began her riding career at the age of 7. Her passion for
jumping began years ago as a riding student here at MJM. She has experience caring for, riding and training horses under recognized Canadian eventers and is now pursuing her EC instructors certification. Kaelin has a passion for training both horses and riders, spending her time teaching beginner riders, schooling horses and showing for pleasure her horse in his golden years.

DME Junior Instructors

Our Junior Instructors assist our level 1 lessons.  They help with tack up, mounting, and are there during the lesson to offer assistance.

 

All our Junior instructors are Academy riders that have ridden through the program!

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Junior Instructor

Lexi Vinerskis

My name is Lexi and I’ve been riding at DME for 5 years. I work as a junior instructor and barn staff in the Academy! I have my EC Rider level 6 and first aid certification for both humans and horses. I’m currently showing 1.0 jumpers on the Silver Series with my horse Fox. I love sharing my horse care knowledge with new riders and watching kids learn and grow in the saddle.

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Junior Instructor

Isabela Sarraf

My name is Isabela and I started riding at MJM during summer camp in 2017. I loved it so much that I continued to do multiple weeks of camp! In 2019 I finally convinced my parents to let me take lessons.  We had our first off property show at Hamilton Hunt in 2022 and looking forward to continuing our show career.

I currently have my EC Rider Level 3 and working hard to get Level 4 by the end of this year. I work at the DME Academy both as a junior instructor and barn staff

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Junior Instructor

Andriana De La Cruz

Hi my name is Andriana. The first time I rode a horse was at Daisy Meadows Equestrian summer camp! I’ve since progressed to regular lessons and this year I have been doing 2’ jumpers at Hamilton Hunt on Pumpkin. I currently have my EC Rider Level 3 and my goal is to complete my Rider Level 4 testing this fall.

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Junior Instructor

Sydney Brown

Hi my name is Sydney I’ve been riding at DME for 4 years. I currently have my EC Rider Level 3 and I work in the academy as a junior instructor and camp counsellor. I’m currently training to add barn staff to my resume. I am spending my summer showing 2’ jumpers at Hamilton Hunt.

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Junior Instructor

Angelica Miski

Hello everyone, my name is Angelica and I’ve been riding at DME for 3 years. I currently ride Moose and Pumpkin and showed my first cross rail course in April. I obtained my EC Rider Level 3 in March and am currently working towards my Level 4. I work at DME as a junior instructor and love sharing the joy of horses with kids!

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Junior Instructor

Grace Morrison

Hi my name is Grace and I’ve been riding horses since I was 4 years old. I originally started riding at DME summer camp and eventually convinced my parents to let me take lessons a few years later. I am now a junior instructor at the academy, and a junior counsellor in summer camp. Ive been spending this summer showing Moose at Hamilton Hunt. I currently have my EC Rider level 3 and am working towards my level 4.

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DME Groom

Sarah Corbett

I grew up doing trick riding and vaulting and then got introduced to the world of dressage! I now compete at the Young rider level with my horse Sully, and last year became apart of the DME family. Currently we train with Daisy Kosa and Cindy Ishoy! I started working as a full time groom in Florida in 2017 and now groom for Daisy through the summer months. I take my job very seriously and have completed courses in the Masterson Method, Equine nutrition and Equine biosecurity and really enjoy helping people learn the ropes of good horse care!

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