At DO Dressage we want to emphasise that everyone is a valuable team member, none of what we do could be achieved without everyone here and their support.
Maria Nella Dell'Orbo: Rider & Partner of DO Dressage LLP
Maria is a Grand Prix international dressage rider with many years' experience ... she always had a dream. She is now well on the way to realising that dream. DO Dressage supports Maria in her efforts to continue to achieve success in dressage. She currently trains with Vicki Thompson-Winfield.
Born and raised in Italy, Maria has ridden and worked in the equestrian industry in Italy, Ireland and England since graduating from University in her mid-20s. At last everything has come together for her and she is determinedly pursuing her goals as a rider. She refuses to see age as a barrier to achievement and strongly asserts that it is never too late to realise your dream.
Maria is an International Dressage Rider and a British Dressage group 1 rider. She is also a BHS Performance Dressage Coach BHSI, IGEQ (International Group for Equestrian Qualifications) level 3 and a member of ANIE (Associazione Nazionale Istruttori di Equitazione). She trains young and not so young riders and horses for dressage!
Dr Kate Dell'Orbo: Managing Partner DO Dressage LLP
Since retiring, Kate manages all aspects of DO Dressage, from day-to-day running of the company, yard and team to projects and strategy. She is the 'eyes on the ground' for Maria between training and helps her maintain focus. And also drives the horsebox! 
Kate's background is in academia where she worked as a researcher and lecturer in the UK, USA and Switzerland. She left academia to practice psychotherapy and worked as a specialist psychotherapist for an NHS provider before retiring in 2021. She says she has never been so busy as since she retired! 

Cecilia Dell'Orbo: Partner DO Dressage LLP
Cecilia advises on all aspects of the DO dressage's work and strategy.
An ex-showjumper, Cecilia worked on professional showjumping yards before running her own business breaking in and producing horses as well as competing her own showjumpers successfully. 
Emma Cornwell: Freelance Groom
Emma has worked for DO Dressage since December 2021. Emma works one day a week for us and helps the younger team members.
Emma is an experienced professional freelance groom who previously worked for a local dressage rider. She has worked with horses for over 30 years, handling, riding and caring for a diverse range of horses and ponies. One of Emma's interests is the use of essential oils to promote animal and human health and wellbeing.
Emma is qualified to BHS stage 3.
Freya Dell'Orbo: Morale consultant
Freya is an essential member of the team cheering everyone on the yard up with her incessant good humour. 
Freya comes from Romania where sadly she was abandoned at the side of the road as a puppy. But she has put all of that behind her to be crucial part of the team, checking the yard and making sure everyone is cheerful and safe! Her favourite occupations are guarding, eating peanut butter, playing with her numerous toys and posing for photographs!
Nina Dell'Orbo: Assistant morale consultant
Nina joined the team in 2021 from Romania where she was abandoned in a forest. She is learning the yard from Freya! Her favourite pastimes are ripping paper, chasing balls, keeping folded rugs warm and alerting us to the presence of the postman and other visitors! Her favourite occupations are getting patted and exploring.
Gustav: Harasser of grooms!
Gustav guards the yard and can take his job to extremes. He is very much a one person goose, there is one human - and only one human - from whom he will request affection, everyone else is not so lucky! Favorite occupations ... guarding, chasing everyone around, making lots of noise and then chilling in his paddling pool.

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