Assistant Coach

Kennedy Ellingson has jumped up the 1.45m level internationally. She successfully competed in the 1.45m young rider division for Canada, has a beautiful equitation background, and is experienced in starting youngsters from the ground up. She is a very warm and educated instructor who is dedicated to assisting our team develop. Kennedy further has a theraputic PEMF company along with her BSc in equine science and management from the University of Kentucky. She is extremely educated in the care and well being of our equines mechanics. 


Stal VDW Show Jumping

Danielle van der Werf

As the owner/coach of STAL VDW  I began my riding career at the age of 4. Through years of work and determination I progressed from competing in the A pony circuit to the Grand Prix ring at venues such as Spruce Meadows, Thermal California, WEF in Wellington, Florida, and many points in between. 

I have been coached by many talented riders along my jouney including Olympians Lisa Carlsen and Laura Balisky; World Cup riders Chris Pratt and Darrin Dlin, and have many other valuable influences. I continually work with top coaches to learn and further develop myself, and my clients. 

For those clients who like to shop abroad,  I also have the experience and contacts for importing horses from Europe.

While I pursued my goals as a rider I further studied at the University of Alberta and obtained my Degree in Psychology.   I believe the balance between my equine and academic career to be very beneficial for future success.

As a coach I am invested daily with my clients and their horses, to build the strongest partnerships possible. It is further with my amazing staff and clientele that STAL VDW runs and grows as a Team.  ‚Äč