ABOUT US

DAWN WENIGER

Although Dawn rode as a child in weekly hunter/jumper lessons, she didn’t own a horse until after college.  In 1990, Dawn married Andrew, they moved to North Carolina, and Firstview Farm was founded, initially as the family farm for their three horses.  Since then, Dawn left her career in marketing behind, instead choosing to use her MBA skills to support a full time dressage teaching and riding career.

 

Dawn now teaches as many as 40 lessons a week, and rides as many as 13 horses a day on a long day!  She has ridden to the large tour CDI level, and has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals.  Dawn and her current mount, Don Derrick, started together when Dawn found him in Belgium as an unbroken 2 year old.  Now 14, Derrick is finishing his second year at Grand Prix with scores over 70%, and has also carried Anna to success in the Young Riders division.

 

Dawn’s competitive successes include:

Four consecutive trips to the US Dressage Finals

2017 – 4th, Open Intermediate II

2016 -  8th, Open Intermediate II

2015 – 7th, Open Intermediate II

2014 – Reserve Champion, Open Fourth Level Freestyle

20 plus years attending USDF Regional Championships from Training to Grand Prix

 

20 plus years NCDCTA Horse of the Year Championships at every level

 

Dawn’s coaching successes include:

  • Multiple students earning Bronze and Silver Medals

  • Taking novice riders from first rides to upper levels

  • Redirecting unhappy riders and horses to harmony and lightness, inside and outside the show ring

 

Dawn’s training successes include:

  • Indecent Proposal – from 2 years to Intermediate I before “retiring” to schoolmaster

  • Wylie Q – from 3 years to 10th at National Championships for Young Horses, 5 year old, and on to earning a Bronze Medal for Andrew Weniger

  • C.K.Emily Grey – from 3 years old to USDF National Champion First Level, and continued to national top ten rankings at Second and Third Level, as well as Preliminary eventing

ANNA WENIGER

Anna, who grew up riding under the tutelage of her parents,  is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist and a competitive FEI Young Rider. 

 

Anna's competitive successes include:

2019 - Riding Don Derrick:

  • USEF "Brentina Cup" Young Adult National Championship, Sixth Place

        - Riding Claudius:

  • North American Young Rider Team Gold

  • USEF Young Rider National Championship, Eighth Place

2018 - Riding Don Derrick:

  • North American Young Rider Freestyle Gold Medalist & Team Bronze Medalist

  • US Equestrian Young Rider European Tour Team Member

  • CDIO-Y Hagen, 6th Place Young Rider Freestyle & 9th Place Individual Test

  • CDIO Compiegne, 8th Place Young Rider Individual Test & 9th Place Freestyle

  • CDI Aachen Dressage Days, 9th Place Young Rider Team Test

2017 - Riding Don Derrick:

  • AGCO/USEF Young Rider National Championships, Third Place

  • North American Young Rider Championship, Team Bronze and Individual Ninth Place

2016  - Riding Don Derrick:

  • AGCO/USEF Junior National Championship, Fourth Place

2015 - Riding Izeffia:

  • AGCO/USEF Junior National Championship, Third Place

  • Represented Region 1 at the North American Junior Championships

Anna's training successes include: 

  • Taking Izeffia from First Level to scores over 70% at Fourth Level and the NAJYRC Junior Team

  • Taking Big Bear's Royal Finnegan from ex-hunter pony to Prix St. Georges

 

Along with training and competing, Anna attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is a member of Honors Carolina and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Geology. 

ANDREW WENIGER

Andrew grew up riding saddle seat and driving Morgans, adding dressage lessons to his repertoire in his teenage years.  He likes to remind us that he groomed a horse at the dedication of the Kentucky Horse Park in 1978! After moving to North Carolina in 1990, Andrew returned to spending more time in the saddle before and after working hours. He earned his USDF Bronze Medal on Wylie Q, a young horse he and Dawn brought up through the levels, and his Silver Medal in only three shows (Thanks Indy).

Andrew’s competitive successes include:

  • Silver Medal on Indecent Proposal

  • Bronze Medal on Wylie Q

  • Scores over 70%  on new import, 2010 Hanoverian gelding Claudius

  • CBLM First Level Championship

When Andrew is not working to help transform the nation's healthcare system to one that rewards doctors for helping keep their patients well, instead of paying them only for performing more procedures, he can be found around the farm, hammer in hand and riding the easiest horse of the day!  

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