Equestrian Center Manager
Diana’s love of horses began with her first riding lessons at age seven, cemented by her parent’s life-changing gift of her first pony, Honey at age Ten. Spending all her free time at the barn Diana worked up the levels of United States Pony Club riding and competing in Equitation and Eventing across her home state of New York including the historic Hampton Classic Horse Show. During college Diana worked as an exercise rider, breezing racehorses at thoroughbred farms in upstate New York and guiding trail rides at the famous Mohonk Mountain House. Upon graduation she moved west and continued her studies in Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology at Portland State University, scientific study that informs her work with horses to this day.
Building on years of horse ownership, competition, certification, clinics and lessons with many wonderful mentors including Sinead Halpin, Janet Foy, John Zopatti, Pippa Moon, Michael Page, Heidi Potter, Peter Horgan, Jane Hamlin and many others, Diana has matured into a true horsewoman. Combining academics, hands-on teaching and management she has spent the past decade honing her skills working as Riding Instructor, Coach, Trainer and Farm Manager.
Having worked with great horses and trainers at fine facilities on beautiful properties, the opportunity to work as Equestrian Center Manager at Napa Valley Trail Rides and Alko Equestrian Center is no exception and Diana jumped at the chance.
Our dedicated staff has been selected for their years of experience in caring for horses in luxury stables. Continuously on site during open hours, they maintain the feeding, turnout, cleaning and blanketing schedule. They are also engaged in arena grooming and any extra services contracted through the barn manager.