• Born in Vienna, Austria
• Moved to England in the 80s where Vanessa began to ride with a focus on eventing. Evented two horses successfully at Prelim level
◦ Trained with: Mark Todd, David Green & Goran Breisner
• Moved to the US in the 90s where Vanessa apprenticed for:
◦ Louise Meryman – eventing (one year)
◦ Marcia Kulak – eventing (winter season in Florida)
◦ David O’Brien – eventing (winter season in North Carolina)
◦ Sue Blinks – dressage (one year)
◦ Felicitas Von Neuman Cosel – dressage (½ year)
◦ Andrea Mc Cauley – dressage (½ year)
The years spent as an apprentice has taught Vanessa the following: extremely hard work ethic, attention to detail while moving quickly, top level show grooming experience, organization as it relates to barn management, horse management and competing, basic veterinary care, persistence and problem solving as well as physical and mental endurance and toughness.
• Throughout the 90s and the 00s, Vanessa competed abundantly both in Eventing (through Prelim) and dressage (through I2)
• 1995 – Vanessa and Family purchased Grey Dawn Farm. Vanessa and her mom Cindy began a boarding operation. While training horses for sale, competing, teaching and periodically renovating and maintaining the facility with her mom, Vanessa continued to work extensively with the following professionals:
◦ Uwe Steiner – dressage (monthly clinics and winter seasons in Florida over a period of 10 years
◦ Gunner Ostergaard – dressage (clinics & lessons over a period of two years
◦ Christopher Hickey – dressage (two winter seasons in Florida)
◦ Katie Riley – dressage ( lessons on a consistent basis over a span of 2 years
◦ Michael Poulin – dressage ( two winter seasons in Florida)
• 2008 – Vanessa meets her husband, Javier, with whom she shares 2 daughters. Vanessa and Javier run Grey Dawn Farm together.
◦ Javier has managed top horses belonging to Sue Jaccoma, Kathy Priest, Patrick Burssens and Juan Matute. He also has vast experience maintaining land, equipment, structures and footing as well as in new construction.