Classical trainer David Donnelly joins Friesian farm

May 24, 2011

Vermont Friesian horse breeding and training facility Friesians of Majesty has welcomed classical trainer David Donnelly to its team.

David Donnelly
Donnelly will oversee the Friesians of Majesty's dressage program, campaign the stallions, and develop the young horses from a classical beginning, moving through the FEI levels, and into Grand Prix.

The FOM farm is a 650-acre facility in southern Vermont.

Donnelly is a professional trainer and instructor with more than 30 years experience, and specialises in a holistic approach, practicing techniques of the French and modern classical schools. He is accomplished in piaffe and passage training, gymnastic lunging work, in-hand work, and long-reining as well as pillars. Donnelly has worked in France, Germany, Denmark and the United States training classical and competition horses.

Donnelly, whose business is called French Light Dressage, recently worked as Equestrian Manager and Head Trainer at Medieval Times in Buena Park, California.

A limited number of outside horses will be accepted for training at Friesians of Majesty.

Friesians of Majesty has two stallions, Othello de Berthonval and Mathijs, both of whom are approved breeding stallions. The farm's team includes owner and breeder Robert Labrie; Keuring, driving and in-hand trainer Ben Labrie; and riding instructor / trainer Alecia O'Donnell.

The farm is dedicated to improving and promoting the friesian breed as a modern sport horse.

Othello de Berthonval, with Sabine Schut during Stallion Performance Testing.