began riding at the age of 12 and her three day eventing training
under Yves and Christine Sauvignon in Northern California and
credits them for developing her foundation, horsemanship skills,
and her goals. To pursue her goals of competing at the upper
most level, she moved to Virginia at the age of 19 with her
two advanced horses, Champagne Wishes and Gus Costadi (yes the
farm is named after her horse). She ran a horse farm with her
friend, Paul Ebersole, and continued to compete at the Advanced
level. She worked as much as possible with Jimmy Wofford and
cannot say enough good things about his coaching. The moved
paid off and she finished 5th at her first CCI*** at Rolex Kentucky
on Champagne Wishes. She also was the highest placed Young Rider
to take home the Markham Trophy. That same year, she finished
6th at Fair Hill CCI*** on Gus Costadi. She was the 1994 FEI
Land Rover Global Young Rider Champion and Global Newcomer Champion.
Also in 1994, she was ranked nationally by the USCTA (now USEA)
1st Overall Young Rider, 2nd Leading Lady Rider, and 3rd Leading
Rider, behind Bruce Davidson and Karen O'Conner..
Wishes and Gus Costadi had to be retired leaving her with no
horse to compete at the upper levels. She decided to take the
opportunity to move to England to learn, train and compete overseas.
Eddy Stibbe provided her an excellent opportunity to ride many
wonderful horses and to experience eventing to its fullest.
fall of 1998, DeAnna returned to Virginia to finish her undergraduate
degree at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg,
Virginia where she earned a B.A. in History with a minor in
Mathematics. Upon graduation, she was employed full-time at
a software company that develops air traffic management tools
for the FAA. She currently works full-time as a Program Manager
at the same company.
current horse, Davinci, was bought as an unbroke two year
old in January 2011. He had a very sucessful Novice season
and is now currently competing at Training level. She
has high expectations for him, hoping he, with the help of
Paul and the support at Champagne Wishes Farm, can take her
back to the top of eventing.
has always been a great support for me and my horses.
My horses have never been the conventional types and he
is always willing to work with both me and my horse to
get the most out of us both." DeAnna