My name is Grace Walker and I am a passionate equestrian originating from Southern California, USA. I have had an appreciation and love for horses as well as for the abilities one can achieve while riding ever since I can remember. I did not come from a family with a horse background, so I began my journey in my local Pony Club as well as on the sandy trails along the Santa Margarita River.
In my journey to reach where I am today, I have had many learning opportunities such as owning and working with a very diverse pool of mounts. I have been riding consistently since the age of seven, taking weekly private lessons as well as exercising my own horses each day. Most of my journey has focused on the disciplines of Eventing and Show Jumping, however, when attending Houghton College located in West New York, I deepened my understanding and love for Dressage. Although I continue to jump and further my knowledge in Eventing and Show Jumping, I strive each day to achieve excellence in the discipline of Dressage as I have found it to be a true passion of mine.
In the recent past, I have worked and trained under Susan Barisone Gilson at SBG Dressage in the Rochester Area, as well as trained and competed with my horse Cadenza's Flemming. Currently, I work at Arroyo Del Mar in San Diego, riding for Dawn White O’Connor and also serving as the Arroyo Del Mar Barn Manager.
Grace is the best teacher I ever had!! She is observant and patient. She has a real gift for explaining things. It is almost if she is riding the horse with me! Very knowledgeable, and really has a great feel for the rider and the horse. I would highly recommend her at every level!!
I speak with new students about their background and their horses background as well as their goals moving forward. I evaluate where they are under saddle and with their horse in general and we develop a plan moving forward that best fits our schedules and goals for the team.
Fallbrook Pony Club
Sandia Creek Ranch Pony Club Riding Center
Linfield Christian High School Equestrian Team
Hunter Jumper and Show Jumpers
Bachelor of Science (2018) Business Administration
Bachelor of Science (2018) Major Recreation: Equestrian Performance Track
Bristol Hills Pony Club
SBG Dressage in Rochester, NY
Marie Medosi Dressage and Exclusive Dressage Imports located in Del Mar, CA
Dawn White O’Connor Dressage
Barn Manager at Arroyo Del Mar, home of Steffen and Shannon Peters
Houghton College Equestrian Society President
Student Event Organizer of the Houghton College Equestrian Center
Pony Club Member (2004-Present)
Del Mar, CA World Of Horses Lead Exhibit Worker and Staff Member (2014-2016)
Houghton College Equestrian Camp Staff Member and Instructor
Houghton College Equestrian Program Teacher Assistant
Dressage, Jumping Two, Mini-Prix Show Jumping, Horsemanship One, Eventing
Certified New York EMT
Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Equine Facility Manager
Level 3 EFM
Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Instructor
Level 4 English with Jumping
United States Pony Club 'A' (Dressage Specialty) Graduate
USDF Bronze Medal
Exclusive Dressage Imports located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Assistant Trainer to Marie Medosi Dressage at Arroyo Del Mar, CA
Dawn White O’Connor Dressage
Social Media Specialist at EQSOL, an equine marketing company
Barn Manger at Arroyo Del Mar, CA
Full Training $700 (5 coaching or riding sessions a week)
Coaching at shows: Included in full training
Lessons $50 on site / $65 off site
- Private Lesson (on average 45 minutes)
- Semi-Private (45-60 minutes)
- Group Lessons (pending situation)
*Horses in full training are required to pay an addition $50 supply fee or provide their own supplies.
$0.75 per mile $50 minimum
Full Grooming and Care at Arroyo for the month: Regular- $500 / Premium- $650
Body Clipping $60
Horse show grooming per horse per day, to include: $60
- Bathing, hand walking (15 min) 3x, stall cleaning 2x, feeding and water as requested, tack up and cool down
Braiding at shows (per horse) $25