I feel very lucky to be able to do what I love everyday,
to speak the language of the horse

I have known what I wanted to do with my life since age seven. I think it is a true blessing to carry my childhood dream into my everyday adult life, always outside and always learning. At age 20 I discovered the farm and instructor that would guide me to my goals in the small town of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Carole Rose is a Grand Prix instructor and the owner of Isaac Royal Farm and has been teaching for more than forty years. In 2009 I graduated from the "Learners" program of the United States Dressage Federation with distinction. This is considered a high honor and enables me to proceed as a judge for the United States Equestrian Federation.

At Isaac Royal Farm, I rode as much as possible, usually six days a week, working with horses of all ages. I have experience in foal imprinting, ground work with young horses, backing young horses and bringing them up the levels. Carole Rose is in the process of producing a series of books where I can be spotted on the cover of book three, Backing the Young Horse. Through Carole’s aspirant program of balancing the rider I have graduated as an Aspirant Trainer. Over the years I have had the opportunity to learn on school masters and green horses, of all ages, breeds and unique personalities. I have backed countless young horses and especially enjoyed being with those horses all along the way. I also took part in organizing three USDF/USEF Recognized shows at Isaac Royal Farm per year. This understanding of how Recognized shows are run and being involved in show management has given me vital organizational and communication skills. Every fall, Isaac Royal Farm produces an annual equestrian theater performance that gave me familiarity in musical freestyles and choreography in quadrilles. I have many years experience teaching riders of all ages, even autistic and special needs students.

In January of 2010 I moved back home to South Carolina where I began training with Stacey Hastings as a full time working student. Stacey has had a great influence in my life, giving me the opportunity to work with all levels of horses including everything from three year old stallions to Grand Prix champions. My ambition, dedication and natural horsemanship has enabled me to become a balanced, “feeling” rider to produce supple, sound, upper level horses. I feel very lucky to be able to do what I love everyday, to speak the language of the horse.



Whether you're a beginner or pro, Deanna can help you achieve your goals

Deanna Thompson is a dressage professional located at Dannybrook Farms in Catawba, South Carolina offering services as a trainer, instructor and competition judge to all ages and levels of horses and riders. Whether you are brushing up on your position, eager to gain confidence as a balanced rider or are training for a competition, Deanna can help you achieve your goals.

Single training sessions are offered for $60 for the rider, the horse or both. Semi-private lessons with two riders are also an option, for $45 per rider. Trailer in students are welcome or Deanna can come to your facility. Deanna carries a certificate of liability insurance to be eligible to teach lessons at any open location for off‑site lessons.

As a United States Dressage graduate, passing with distinction, Deanna is available for judging for $275 plus expenses.


Horses and riders in monthly training have a variety of options to chose from:


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