Brianna Zwilling grew up in Minnesota, working at a local horse stable in exchange for lessons and board for her first horse – a feisty, stubborn Arabian. She explored various disciplines (including western), but was drawn to dressage in the end because of the harmony that is achieved between horse & rider and the immense depth of learning needed to excel.
In 2009, Brianna and her Oldenburg gelding DiMaggio represented Region 4 in the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. They earned 6th place in the team competition. During that year, they also won two regional championship titles, Young Rider Prix St. Georges and Fourth Level Freestyle with a score of 77+%. DiMaggio is still going strong & now teaching some of Brianna’s students, even helping one of her riders earn a Bronze medal in 2015.
Brianna enjoys training horses at all levels, but is especially interested in working with young horses to patiently build strong basic skills. So she started the journey again with a new horse in 2012. While not really looking to buy for herself, she sat on a 4 year old that was for sale. After one ride, Brianna knew she had to have this horse and scraped together everything she had to buy Griffindor (“Opie”), a sensitive and big moving Oldenburg.
The two successfully qualified and competed at the first US Dressage Finals in 2013 where they placed 6th in the nation at First Level. They returned in 2015 earning National Champion Third Level Freestyle. In 2016, Opie showed his first season of Prix St. Georges and the pair have their sights set on Grand Prix in a few years.
The rider that inspires Brianna the most is Betsy Steiner. She is a very dedicated and hard working horse woman who is always positive and has a true love and passion for horses. “Her riding shows beautiful harmony and grace, and her horses are so happy in their work. I have been clinicing with Betsy for about 3 years now and I feel inspired every time I ride for her.”
Brianna’s busy horse life based in St Louis Missouri includes training, teaching and showing. She currently has over 20+ horses in training, teaches lessons everyday, including students that trailer in for lessons. During the summer months, she’ll travel to shows 2-3 weekends a month and hosts clinics at her own barn as much as possible to keep learning and exposing her horses to new challenges. If this is not enouch for this young equestrian entrepreneur, she is also trainig hard to start her own horse “Opie” at Grand Prix level.
Brianna likes to present herself in a stylsh and professional way. Her riding wear is her ‘office’ wear and she takes her appeareance as seriously as her strive for perfection in working with her horses and students. She loves combining rich blues, maroons, shades of grey and black and a bit of bling when competing with her Rock House Couture stock ties (one of her proud sponsors). We have compiled a versatile and stylish layered look for Brianna today to take her from those chilly Missouri mornings all the way though hot afternoons and cool evenings.
Brianna was ademement that her look included some of her favorite brands, especially Mastermind breeches: “they are my absolute favorite”. So we included a pair of Mastermind Mindy Slate breeches paired with a Arista Equestrian technical quarter zip training top layered under an Ariat basis full zip light weight sweater and Silver Pikeur down vest.
She loves Cavallo boots and these beautiful maroon Primus Pro lace-up boots are a perfect fit for the look, especially when combined with a matching light weight Bikkembergs scarf and Charlotte Russe velvet skinny belt.
We added in a pair of no miss Julia gloves by Roeckl, a pair of her favorite New Balance sneakers to change into in between rides and finished it off with her signature Samshield helmet.
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Have a stylish ride!