Heather's current 2019 team are:
Up To Go
Mare - Imported from Holland (Olivi / Jazz)
Stallion - Imported from Spain (Urano / Burlona II)
ISTAN De Azuel
Stallion - Imported from Holland (Darbo / Brujo XI)
Stallion - Imported from Spain (Armas Serreno II / Calabresa)
Wundebar Black 59
Gelding - (Desperados / Grandkavalier)
Gelding - (Sir Donerhall / Don Index)
Gelding - Imported from Germany (Florencio)
Heather Currie has been riding at state and National level for well over a decade now.
Riding since she was 7 years old, Heather rose through the young rider ranks of dressage and eventing and had trained her first Grand Prix horse Waveney Picasso at the age of 19, with the guidance of Clemens Dierks.
The stallion was a ten year old.
Heather has only ever produced her own horses from young horse through to the highest levels, and has produced countless state champions at all levels and competitive at a National level. Generally, throughout her career she has trained stallions and succesfully bred and competed them throughout their careers. Heather prides herself in working closely to the training scale and the empathy and understanding of the systamatic training system, through which she has been rewarded with consistent results.
Proudly now Danson Dressage has been in business for over 20 years, first starting out as a small training and breeding stud, to now an operation of 50 horses, that includes the training, competition, selling of quality young dressage horses, breeding, stallion services and is now a known and recognised brand throughout Australia. Danson horses have been and are being regularly sold all over Australia, and also numerous sales overseas to Thailand, China and New Zealand, as well as horses Danson have bred being exported overseas.
Heather has also mentored and built confidence in many young riders to come through the Danson Dressage stable, and spent many hours, weeks and years in developing their skills and helping to produce effective riding and the ability to ride the horse in a productive way of going, with excellent results from the riders she has worked with closely.
Across her career, Heather has now trained many horses to Grand Prix dressage level. The system that she works the horses through has been proven to work time and time again with multiple horses and characters. This has resulted in her regularly producing horses through to FEI with consistent results.
Often these horses never had the chance to truly shine with Heather as due to continuing to grow the business and facilitiles she has had to sell these stars. It has however, resulted in a multi million dollar business.
Heather has always said "if ever the chance to represent my contry came my way, I would be up for the challenge".
Heather prides herself on the fact that she has produced young dressage horses through to an excellent training standard at a young age, resulting in these horses being worth an enormous amount of money.
The journey continues and Heather looks forward to producing her next team of dressage champions at a facility that has taken over half a lifetime to build.
Heather was the young horse trainer for the SA Mounted Police from 2006 to 2008.
This included training the horses and riders, working with horses from the breakers through to young horses working as patrol horses on the streets of Adelaide and also some crowd control work.
This was a very interesting and challenging time for Heather as she had to adapt her dressage skills to enable it to be beneficial for these horses in their line of work.
Lots of positioning and controlling of the horse's body was worked on, so as to make the scary transition to street work less traumatic.
The horses enjoyed their work and looked forward to going out on patrol. It was a rewarding experience.
Heather trains regularly with Matthew Dowsley, current Australian National Grand Prix chamipion. Heather flies Matthew in regularly to train her on her current team.
Heather always remains open minded and absorbs the help she receives but also never loses her own personal inner belief in her own training instincts in what she feels from her horses.
Current National Australian Elementary champion on Bluefields Honduras
Current Reserve Australian Novice champion on Fred Perry
Boneo winter CDI Elementary champion 2018 on Bluefields Honduras
State young horse champions 5, 6 and 7 year old on Bluefields Honduras
Victorian State 6 year old champion on Bluefields Honduras
Willinga Park NSW CDI 6 year old champion on Bluefields Honduras
SA State 6 year old young horse champion 2019 on Voices W
Won advanced test on Bluefields Honduras with over 70% at 7 years of age
Won every Prix St Georges start to date on the 7 year old Wundebar Black 59 including 3rd in the 7 year old championship at DWTS 2019
SA State Medium and Advanced champion on 6 year old Wundebar Black 59
2nd in 7 year old young horse Australian championship on Bluefields Honduras at DWTS 2018
FEI State champion with ISTAN De Azuel 2018
Winner PSG and Inter 1 at SA State championships on ISTAN De Azuel
Has competed and placed in the Australian championships in 2018 on ISTAN De Azuel in the Grand Prix CDN as an 8 year old
Boneo CDI Advanced champion on Up To Go
Winner SA State championships Inter 1 on Up To Go
Has placed all over Australia at Small Tour level and CDI level in NSW and Victoria
Heather would love to talk about and discuss any of her stallions or sales horses anytime.