Biography

The Start

Young Diana
Born on July 3rd, 1981 Diana’s interest in horses began at a very early age including her first competition in a horse show at the age of two and moving on to local schooling and fair ground shows at the age of six.

In a desire to challenge her abilities, Diana began taking lessons from former Canadian Olympic rider Kelly Plitz of Dreamcrest Equestrian Services and a career in Eventing was born. Diana describes the thrill of eventing:

Eventing is a wonderful sport that tests the skills and tenacity of both horse and rider. This great challenge is one of the main reasons I have and always will pursue a career in Eventing. Eventing is like no other sport in that it involves a great bond between horse and rider.”

 

 


Diana & Manny

Horses

Starting with homebred gelding Tyson, Diana won the Canadian Open in Feversham Ontario in 2002. Since Tyson, Diana has started and trained a number of aspiring young horses who are presently competing at varying levels from Pre-training to the Advanced level.

As a Young Rider, Diana was the highest placed Ontario Young Rider at the North American Yound Riders Championships in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. In the years of 2000, 2002 and 2003 Diana was selected to the Canadian National Eventing Team Long List of eventing talent.

In 2005 and 2006, Diana was named to the Canadian Eventing Team Talent Squad with Sagacious King. This talent squad is a system of identifying future members of the Canadian Team. In 2008, not only were Diana and Manny named as 2008 Olympic Team alternates, but Diana was also named to the Eventing Team Talent Squad with Donogue Del Boy and Sagacious King.

Diana has trained several high level event horses including her current CCI**** and Olympic alternate mount Manny. Manny is a 10 year old Thoroughbred-cross gelding owned by Diana and Eventing Canada. In the sport of three day eventing, the horse must be 8 years old to complete at this level. Diana is thrilled that Manny, in his first year of competition at the Three and Four Star level, has achieved this recognition. Manny is homebred, raised and trained by Diana making this partnership and accomplishment extra special. Diana looks forward with great anticipation to the World Equestrian Games in 2010


Current Horses

 

Horses Breed & Details Height Competition Level Owner(s)
Manny 2000 Thoroughbred
Gelding, Bay
16.2hh Advanced Eventing Canada and Diana Burnett
Bonner’s Chief II 2003 Thoroughbred
Gelding, Bay
15.3hh Intermediate Diana Burnett
Bennie

2007 Dutch Warmblood Gelding, Bay

17.0hh

Preliminary

David Marion

Full Canvas

2009 Thoroughbred
Gelding, Grey

16.3hh Training

Dr. Gabby Ledger

Alfredo Saucy Pants

2010 Appendix Gelding, Bay

16.1hh

Pre-Training

Diana Burnett

Right Wing Man

2011 Thoroughbred Gelding, Bay

16.0hh

Pre-Training

Diana Burnett

What Is Your Problem

2013 Thoroughbred Gelding, Bay  16.2hh Coming Soon! Diana Burnett

Past Achievements

  • Bachelor of Science Degree from Trent University in 2003 (major in Biology)
  • Managing and Operating Donogue Farm since 1999
  • Training and riding horses for future competition and for clients
  • Teaching riding lessons and coaching students at varying levels at Donogue Farm and sharing her knowledge and passion with young riders
  • Exercising Thoroughbred race horses

THANKS TO GREAT COACHING

David O’Connor – Canadian Eventing Team International Technical Advisor

  • Olympic Individual Gold Medalist and team Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist
  • Winner of Badminton Horse Trials
  • President of US Equestrian Federation and professional in the horse industry

As the head clinician with the Canadian Event Team I have coached Diana on many occasions, including with the Canadian team training sessions. She not only possesses the skills necessary, but also often goes above and beyond the standard, which is required to reach the top competitive levels.”

James Cunningham Wofford – Fox Covert

  • Olympic Silver and Bronze Medalist
  • Two Wins at Kentucky Rolex
  • Coach for both U.S. and Canadian Olympic Teams

Diana is one of the most talented riders of her generation. More importantly, she has the work ethic to get to the top levels, the determination to stay there, and the mental and physical courage to be successful.”

Ian Roberts & Kelly Plitz – Dreamcrest

  • Olympians
  • Ian Roberts – Former Ontario Young Riders Coach
  • Both operate and coach at Dreamcrest

Diana has developed the skills, perseverance and patience that will allow her to make the next step to the National Team … It is important that riders of Diana’s ability and dedication be supported to allow them to compete for Canada.”