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 & CEO
Maria is an international dressage rider with many years' experience ... and she always had a dream. With the support of DO dressage, she is now well on the way to realising that dream. The team at 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 wishes to spread the message that it is never too late to realise your dream.
Maria is an International Dressage Rider and BHS Performance Dressage Coach, BHSI. She trains young and not so young riders and horses for dressage!
Dr Kate Dell'Orbo: Managing Director
Since retiring, Kate manages all aspects of DO Dressage, from day-to-day running of the yard and team to projects and strategy. She is the 'eyes on the ground' for Maria between training and helps her maintain focus. 
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! 
Kate is currently learning Italian!



Cecilia Dell'Orbo: Team Advisor
Cecilia advises on all aspects of the Team'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. 
Olivia Hayes: Groom
Olivia joined DO Dressage in spring 2022. 
Since starting at DO Dressage, Olivia has gained a distinction in her FdSc in Equine Science and Coaching from Plumpton College (validated by the Royal Agricultural University). Moving to a professional dressage yard from a riding school, Olivia has stepped up and learned quickly. She now the works on the yard most days and is the travelling groom for DO Dressage.
Olivia has completed her BHS stage 1 and has the care and riding elements of her BHS stage 2.

Karen Divall: Groom
Karen has worked for DO Dressage since spring 2021. 
Karen is an experienced professional freelance groom active in many different areas of the equestrian world having worked in the UK and New Zealand in dressage, eventing and driving as well as at studs. Karen also rides and is a driving groom. 
For DO Dressage, Karen currently works 2 days a week at the yard.
Emma Cornwell: Groom
Emma has worked for DO Dressage since December 2021. 
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. Emma joins us after a career break and is enjoying returning to dressage and working in a professional yard. One of Emma's interests is the use of essential oils to promote animal and human health and wellbeing.
Emma does general yard duties for DO Dressage. She is qualified to BHS stage 3.
Stacey Beattie: Maria's Pilates Coach
Stacey has been working with Maria since May 2021. With a key focus on core control, body alignment and posture. Maria has made fantastic progress in this time on the mat and this has directly transferred to her posture and core control when riding. 
Since qualifying as a Pilates instructor in 2018, Stacey has gone on to build a successful Pilates practice which incorporates working with individuals to help fulfil their unique needs and goals. Progressing a client through the Pilates levels helping her clients build their strength, stamina, mobility and body awareness is Stacey’s passion. This Pilates practice is a perfect complement to Maria’s dressage training. 
As well as being a Mat Pilates Instructor Stacey is also a Reformer and Barre Instructor, Sports and Holistic Therapist. Stacey draws from all of these disciplines to provide a holistic service. 
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 he was abandoned at the side of the road. 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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