Meet Our Team at DRA


Our instructors are trained through Ed Dabney's methods of Gentle Horsemanship and are well equipped to take riders to the next level, or be a patient teacher for beginners and children. 

Ed Dabney
Owner of Ed Dabney Gentle Horsemanship
Elizabeth Dabney
Barn Manager/Trainer/Instructor
Head Coach - Varsity and Pro teams

Ed Dabney (owner) is an internationally acclaimed clinician, presenting horsemanship and riding clinics all over the US and in Europe. Ed's blending of natural horsemanship and classical equitation has made an indelible mark with students all across the United States and now also in Europe, drawing the attention of serious riders searching for the lightest touch and the deepest connection with their horses irrespective of breed or discipline.

Elizabeth Dabney carries on the family legacy of training with gentle horsemanship methods through her riding lessons and horse training. As the daughter of Ed Dabney, she learned under his instruction while also assisting with training and clinics in Ed Dabney's US and European tours. Coaching three mounted drill teams, Elizabeth's communication skills with horses and humans have won her teams multiple state championships, two National Championships and booked rodeos all over the south. Elizabeth is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has performed as a stunt rider in the film industry.

Susanna Rogers
Coach - JV/JV Quad/Pre-JV

Susanna Rogers has been working and riding with Ed Dabney Gentle Horsemanship and Dabney Riding Academy for 4 years. Susanna has gained experience in caring for, training and riding horses through the years under the instruction and training of Ed Dabney. She is also a member of Diamond D Cowgirls Pro team where she enjoys riding and training her personal horse, Casey. Susanna found her passion for teaching horsemanship lessons through her experience as an instructor for Dabney Riding Academy's Summer Riding Camps! Susanna coaches the JV drill teams and instructs private and group youth lessons.

Becca Mitchell
Assistant Coach - JV

Becca Mitchell has been passionate about horses from an early age. She began formal riding lessons at the age of seven and has been at Dabney Riding Academy for private lessons and mounted drill team for the past four years. Although her favorite place to be is in the saddle, Becca has gained valuable experience in the care and maintenance of horses by working for Dabney this past year. Her initial experience instructing young riders began over the summer during DRA’s Summer Riding Camps and continues as she assists with lessons and serves in the role of assistant coach for the JV drill team.