Teaching and Training Staff
Daniel Zilla: Farm Manager & Head Trainer
Daniel Zilla is an experienced professional in developing young horses for hunter, jumper, and dressage careers. His training philosophy is a blend of classical and natural horsemanship methods in a careful, horse-directed program of training that encourages athletic development and confidence-building at every stage of education for both horse and rider.
A recognized specialist in starting young jumpers, Zilla competes regularly at the Grand Prix level and is a regular clinician in the USEF Young Jumper Development program having been an instructor in both the 2010 and 2011 YJD clinics. In 2011 and 2013, young jumpers started, trained, and shown by Daniel Zilla were consistent winners in the Young Jumper Western Division Championships with multiple placings in the final top 10 (three in the top five) at the end of year Division Finals – more than any other rider in the championship. The 2010 North American licensing champion stallion Contiano BF, and 2011 Reserve Champion stallion Chicardo were also trained and competed by Daniel Zilla.
Dawn Hogan: Lead Instructor and Dressage Trainer
Possessed by a lifelong passion for horses Dawn, began riding at the age of ten. As a rider, Dawn trained extensively with Sandy Howard, Anders Lindgren, Tanya Vik and Anke Herbert. She competed primarily in dressage; qualifying horses and competing extensively in both CDS and USDF championships. As a young horse trainer, she achieved her USDF bronze medal on young horses she started and trained herself.
Dawn’s teaching career spans 20 years. She served as a head instructor for the United States Pony Club and has taught students in both hunt/forward and dressage seat equitation at equestrian centers and riding clubs throughout the Bay Area. Although Dawn’s passion is dressage, her focus in teaching is on developing a basic balanced position for both horse and rider and on encouraging empathy and teamwork between the two.
Branscomb Farm is pleased to offer training and individual lessons with Dawn. Dawn’s own comment: “I feel fortunate that I am able to combine my passion for horses and teaching students in such a beautiful environment.”