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Get to Know the Future Hope Equestrian Team

The trainers at Future Hope Equestrian have years of experience in the equestrian industry and are passionate about helping riders and horses reach their full potential. They have a deep understanding of the sport and will provide the guidance necessary to help riders achieve their goals.


Danielle's equestrian journey is a truly remarkable tale that began at a young age. Her deep-rooted passion for horses ignited when she started working at the barn at the tender age of 13. By the time she was leaving for college, she was already teaching lessons, a testament to her early dedication and talent.


Her path took a pivotal turn when she transferred to Colorado State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science, combining her academic and equestrian passions. Post-graduation, Danielle became a partner at Future Hope Equestrian, diving into the Arabian circuit with a focus on Hunter Pleasure, Western Pleasure, and Sport Horse Under Saddle.


Danielle's dedication to excellence is evident through her training under the guidance of Canadian Olympian Gina Smith, whose instructions have played a crucial role in her equestrian journey. Danielle's recent achievement of the USDF Bronze Medal, earned alongside her trusted companion, the Bavarian Warmblood Alessandro, reflects her commitment to continuous improvement in the equestrian arena. Her drive to push boundaries and seek additional qualifications is a testament to her unwavering passion for her craft.


In addition to her competitive endeavors, Danielle specializes in training intermediate and advanced students who aspire to excel in various equestrian disciplines. Danielle's expertise encompasses Classical Dressage, as well as jumping, low-level eventing, and Western Dressage. She has successfully coached clients to Regional Championships and National Qualifications, a testament to her coaching prowess. Danielle's unwavering passion and commitment to the equestrian world shine through in all she does.


Danielle Cox


Robinne is a multifaceted professional who transitioned from the worlds of academia and technology to pursue her lifelong passion for horses and business. With a rich background in sociology and organizational dynamics, she honed her expertise during her tenure as an assistant professor at Pima Community College.


In 2018, Robinne decided to shift her focus entirely to the equestrian world. As the proud owner of FHE Initial Impression and FHE Rita’s Fire since 2017, she became an integral part of the Future Hope Equestrian (FHE) family. In 2019, Robinne became a partner at Future Hope Equestrian, where she leverages her wealth of experience to manage FHE's community and media relations while expertly coordinating events. Her dedication and passion for equine care, training, and competition are at the forefront of her endeavors in the business and horse barn arena.

Robinne Zeliznat


Chelsea Center

Chelsea is a dedicated lifelong equestrian who achieved her Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Science from the esteemed William Woods University in 2012, with a Minor in Equine Administration. Since then, she has immersed herself in the world of equestrian excellence, participating in prestigious USEF A-Rated competitions and attending clinics led by nationally and internationally acclaimed clinicians.


In her role as a Hunter-Jumper instructor, Chelsea exhibits a unique talent for tailoring training programs to suit each client's specific needs, as well as the individual abilities and talents of their horses. This personalized approach ensures that every lesson is a carefully crafted experience focused on safety, education, and mutual growth for both horse and rider. Together, they work tirelessly to achieve their shared goals, fostering a partnership built on trust, skill, and determination.


Our founder's lifelong equestrian journey began in upstate New York at the age of ten, where her heart was captured by horses and ponies. This early passion led her to Arizona, where she served as the Manager of Oasis Arabians in Cottonwood for two decades. Under the mentorship of Dr. Clemenger, she honed her skills in breeding, foaling, showing, and became a proficient rider and trainer in the Arabian horse world. Ann's versatility shone through in the western, English, and dressage show rings, with a career highlight being her participation in showing Oasis's premier stallion, Voo Doo, at the Egyptian Event.


In the next chapter of her journey, Ann transitioned into entrepreneurship, creating her own facility with the Oasis clients. This journey evolved into Future Hope Equestrian, a thriving equine facility that has become an integral part of our equestrian community. As of September 2023, Ann has officially retired, leaving behind a lasting legacy in the equestrian world.

Ann Riehl Smith

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