About

Brian Hafner is an International Grand Prix Dressage Competitor and trainer. He is one of few trainers in Northern California to compete at this level and he takes that level of excellence into his training program. As a lifelong equestrian originally from Minnesota, he relocated to California in 2006 and landed in Northern California where he started Brian Hafner Dressage. Brian is well known trainer with a relaxed yet determined approach to the sport. Throughout his career Brian has shown to be successful at all levels of dressage. His biggest accomplishment is training his own horse Lombardo up to be a successful International CDI Grand Prix horse from a 4 year old. Brian’s resume’ includes:

  • US Team member for 2015 Nation’s Cup team Falsterbo, Sweden CDIO5*
  • US Team member for 2014 Nation’s Cup teams for Rotterdam CDI05* and Hickstead CDI3*
  • USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist
  • 2015 CDS Horse of the Year Grand Prix
  • 2014 Carol Lavell $25,000 dressage grant recipient through The Dressage Foundation (dressagefoundation.org)
  • 2013 Top Six USEF National Championships at Grand Prix (Lombardo)
  • 2013 Top Ten USEF National Championships at I-1 (Chablis)
  • 2012 Brentina Cup Champion
  • 2009 NAYRC Triple medalist
  • Numerous CDI wins and top placing’s
  • Numerous Regional and Year end championships

Brian’s training philosophy comes from a culmination of working with some of the world’s top dressage trainers and judges including; Johann Hinneman, Robert Dover, Debbie McDonald, Ernst Hoyos, Juan Matute, Gary Rockwell, Janet Foy, Axel Steiner, Jane Wetherwax, Heidi Gaian, Laurie Falvo Doyle. Brian has also spent time training throughout Germany.Brian is known for his calm yet effective approach to dressage and is great with riders and horses of any level and ability. This approach has proved to be successful both in and out of the show arena. Contact him for more information.