Ann Riehl Smith
Our founder’s heart was first captured by an equine at the age of ten in upstate New York where she learned about horses and raised ponies. This passion led her to relocate to Arizona where she assumed the position of Manager of Oasis Arabians in Cottonwood. During her 20 years at Oasis, Ann was mentored by facility owner Dr. Clememger in breeding, foaling, and showing in addition to being groomed as a rider and trainer by some of the best in the Arabian horse world. She has demonstrated her skills in the western, English and dressage show rings throughout the years and regards the opportunity to show Oasis’s premier stallion Voo Doo at the Egyptian Event, the highlight of her career.
When Dr. Clemenger sold Oasis, Ann began her journey as an entrepreneur by creating her own facility with the remaining Oasis clients. This journey was named Future Hope Equestrian and has blossomed into the full-service equine facility we know and love today.
Danielle Keesey Cox
Danielle attended University of New Hampshire’s Equine Science program where she rode Dressage and competed on the UNH intercollegiate Hunter/Jumper Team. She transferred to, and graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science. After graduation, Danielle joined Future Hope Equestrian as a partner and began competing in the Arabian circuit, showing Hunter Pleasure, Western Pleasure, and Sport Horse Under Saddle. She has ridden with Canadian Olympian Gina Smith, Wendy Riddell, and most recently Lois Whittington.
Danielle recently completed her scores for her USDF Bronze Medal on her Bavarian Warmblood Alessandro, and continues to work towards further qualifications. Besides actively training and coaching the newly formed Western Dressage discipline, Danielle had the pleasure of riding a client’s horse in front of Western Dressage co-founder Cliff Swanson, scoring in the 70’s at Level 2.
Danielle shares her love of horses with her two children, Eva and Ethan, who are enjoying growing up around the barn with the FHE family.
Robinne is a graduate from University of Texas at Austin (BA in Sociology and Spanish) and the University of Oklahoma (MA in Sociology with an emphasis on Business Dynamics and Organization). After graduation, Robinne accepted the position of assistant professor at Pima Community College where she continued her tenure until 2011. Upon departing the halls of education, Robinne founded the digital media company Galatea Studios.
At the end of 2018, Robinne chose to retire from tech and academia and focus on her passion for equine care, training and competition. As the proud owner of FHE Initial Impression and FHE Rita’s Fire, Robinne joined the FHE family in 2017. Following her passion, she became a partner of future Hope Equestrian in 2019 and utilizes her experience to manage FHE’s community and media relations and event coordination.