By the age of 9, Amanda had found her passion for Dressage with a blanket Appy named Mr. Bodacious. At 15, she graduated high school and moved to Southern California to begin her career as a working student to Hilda Gurney.
In 1998, Amanda was a member of the gold medal winning team at the National Junior Team Championship. During this time, she also worked as a vet tech at a referral hospital. In 2000, she was a member of the silver medal team at NAYRC and was invited to represent USET at a European CDI.
For 12 years Amanda ran Mandolin Dressage training in Northern Nevada, followed by 8 years of managing one of the country's largest dressage sales programs. In early 2018, she returned to the Pacific Northwest to establish Amanda Olson Dressage along with her husband, Aaron, and their long-haired miniature dachshund, Fudge.
Amanda has shown over 75 horses, representing over 20 breeds, while earning her Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals.
Amanda believes that every horse can benefit from dressage, and she strives to provide fair, consistent training for both horse and rider in a fun and supportive environment.
About High Hill Farm
In March, 2021, Amanda and Aaron purchased High Hill Farm, an 18.6 acre property in the heart of Washington's Skagit Valley.
High Hill Farm features a 22 stall main barn and a 6 stall secondary barn. It has two heated wash racks, four cross tie bays, a large shared tack room, and an 80' x 195' indoor arena. High Hill Farm also features five dry lot turnouts and nine grass pastures. When the weather cooperates, the AOD team does its best to provide horses with turnout and outside hacking opportunities.
Quality of care is AOD's number one priority! Stalls are kept deeply bedded and horses receive a diet of local grass, orchard grass, and alfalfa that is customized to their needs. Every horse's workload and diet is overseen directly by Amanda, who takes pride in finding the perfect regimen for each equine athlete.
Amanda, Aaron, and several other members of the Amanda Olson Dressage team live on site. The barn is equipped with wifi-enabled cameras, which allow the AOD team to keep a close eye on the horses at any time of day.