Olivia Reese is a trainer out of Powder Springs, GA. Growing up in Ohio, she worked her teenage years with USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist Francesca Nicoletti, developing feel and learning all of the movements through the Grand Prix. In 2011 she began working with Pan American Games Gold Medalist Kate Poulin. Under Kate’s incredible eye her riding improved immensely and Olivia was able to accompany Kate down to Florida to train with Olympian Michael Poulin and his wife, Sharon.
Since working in Florida, Olivia continually works to improve her education by participating in numerous clinics and lessons. She has worked under those such as Anne Gribbons, Charlotte Bredahl Baker and Michael Poulin. She also has developed a close working relationship with Patrick King and Lauren Sprieser, who she hosts regularly for clinics as well as traveling to Lauren for extended periods to improve her training. On top of riding in clinics, Olivia rides weekly with USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist Kim Sosebee.
Olivia is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist, earning her scores on horses that she trained herself. She is also a current participant of the USDF "L" Program. She specializes in working with adult amateurs, creating correct basics and happy horses. Her classical background approaches riding with a “horse first” mentality that really promotes a partnership with the horse, making riding easier and more enjoyable.
Don Drogo, Olivia's young Hanoverian, enjoying his first outing at Training Level.
Olivia showing Falcon, owned by Pam Rappaport, at Prix St. George.