Charlotte Dougherty

Horse Owner & Trainer, USA

How long have you been a member of Equitopia?

Since the very beginning.

Why did you join Equitopia?

Loved the education

What do you enjoy most about Equitopia?

I love all the ways we are able to learn to take care of our horses and ride them in a more humane way.

What do you love most about horsemanship?

I love being able to connect with horses. I love how they help you heal yourself and others.

How do you define success in horsemanship?

Being able to be a complete partner with horses.

Who inspires you – and why?

Amberlee Snyder she is a barrel racer who after a car accident became paralyzed from the waist down. She inspires me because not matter what obstacles were put in her way she still followed her dream of horses and riding. She is one of the most amazing horsewomen I have ever seen.

If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would you choose?

Julie Larsen Program Director of Giant Steps….. she believed in me when I wasn’t able to believe in myself. Julie is smart, strong, fair and always puts the horses in Giant Steps first.

What’s one thing – either horse-related or not – you learned in the last month?

I learned you should learn to communicate on the horse’s level.

What’s something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know?

I was the Russian River Rodeo Queen in 1981 when I was 15 years old.

What’s your favorite book?

Any horse magazines that I can look at pictures and not have to read….. as I refuse to wear glasses LOL

What’s your favorite movie of all time?


If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Watermelon & Grapes

If you were told you could say 1 thing that the entire horse world would act on, what would that be?

Stop pulling on the reins.