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Dressage at its finest...



Cottonwood Farm is a premier Las Vegas Dressage facility.  We pride ourselves on exceptional care of your equine partner.  We offer daily dressage instruction and regular opportunities to participate in clinics and shows.  Dressage is our passion, horses are our love.  We look forward to helping riders of all levels achieve their dressage goals.  Join us Down Centerline at Cottonwood Farm!


Don Swanson

I was born and raised on a 1000 acre working farm in the rolling countryside of Northern Illinois.  I purchased Cottonwood Farm, formerly known as Cooper Ranch, because the lush green pastures and beautiful landscaping reminded me of my childhood home.  I am firmly committed to providing a top notch facility where the rider and horse can attain a higher level of performance through excellent training paired with quality services and the the highest level of care.  

Barn Manager

Debbie Copp


Patti Thurman



Daniela "Danny" Hunt



                                          Danny was born in Essen, Germany . She began her adoration of both horses and dressage at the age of 7. In                                                  1987 moved to Rheinberg in North Rhine-Westfalen, Germany, and started training with Dieter Vogel (Olympic                                                  bronze medal Stockholm 1996 Cross-Country, International Dressage Trainer in Rome and the Emirates 2008),                                                as well as Edith Schless-Stoertenbecker (1990 bronze medal world championship eventing).  1992 trained at a                                              stallion breeding facility in Moers, Germany. Riding trained stallions as well as starting colts. Traveling to various competitions with young colts. 1994 received her German bronze from the FN (German equestrian federation), which requires riders to jump a course over 4ft., passed the theoretical written test and do 3rd level dressage.


Now living in Las Vegas she is still in contact with two of her best German trainers. She attends clinics with Conrad Schumacher (Olympic Dressage Trainer 1996-2000), Silke Rembacz (International Dressage Rider and Trainer), Jane Weatherwax (FEI Judge), David Blake (FEI Rider and Trainer), Nick Wagman (US Olympic Team) and trains with Charlotte Nord Nielson (International Silver and Gold Medalist).


Daniela enjoys the daily work with her clients and their horses. Her goal is for rider and horse to be happy, understand and connect with each other. She bought her 2011 Andalusian grey gelding “Val” in Fall 2018 and got her American bronze medal on him 2 years later. 

She enjoys working with him almost on a daily basis on the basics and is excited to see where their journey will take them. She says: “If I learned one thing over the years is that we never ever stop learning! So, I am trying to do my part, to achieve my personal goals to reach the next level, step by step, little by little, while taking lessons and going to clinics, to become a better rider, but mostly important to have a great time with my partner in crime, my horse! And I would love to help riders to achieve the same with their horse.”



Courtnay Gray


As a young girl I began taking riding lessons at our local riding stables and I knew that the love for horses would be part of my life forever.   I’ve had the opportunity to ride and work with top level trainers such as J. Michael Plumb, Brian D. Lenehan, Bobby Costello, and many more of the best professionals in the country in Dressage, Three Day Eventing and Hunter Jumpers.   I have successfully competed at the top levels and have a way of reading a horse and rider combination that has allowed me to help each of them reach their full potential.  

Show Organizer

Chris Federer

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