Seascape Sport Horses

Charis Dankert

Shannon Wilson

About


Seascape Sport Horses is a boutique Hunter/Jumper training barn located at the beautiful Stagnaro Stables. Primarily serving the Gilroy, Morgan Hill, San Jose, and the Bay area, we offer exceptional horseback riding lessons for all levels.

Charis Dankert established Seascape Sport Horses in 2016 at the Bonny Doon Equestrian Park. The initial focus of the business was the importation and sale of European sport horses. After several successful sales, the business expanded to include a riding lesson program and client horses in training. Shannon Wilson joined the team in early 2017 as business partner and trainer.

In 2018 the business moved to Stagnaro Stables in Gilroy, California. The new location is a fantastic fit, providing top notch care for the horses and a private facility for SSH to train out of. We have a close knit barn family and strive to provide our clients and their horses with impeccable care, training and attention. Providing our riders and their horses with the skills and encouragement they need to be the best they can be at any level is our top priority.

Highlights from last year's competitive show season include SkyFall, Zone 10 Five Year Old Jumper Champion and Lucca, Zone 10 6th place 3’3” Young Hunter Division.


Charis Dankert



Charis has had a love of horses her entire life. Her decision to pursue a professional career in the industry came while riding as a junior on the A-Circuit at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center under trainer Tracy Cotchett.

Charis attended the University of Findlay in Ohio, where she completed two baccalaureate programs in Equestrian Studies and Equine Business. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2008. She participated on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team and competed in the equitation and jumper divisions for Findlay's rated show team. Following graduation, she worked in Virginia where she fell in love with the hunters. It was here she was introduced to importing and working with young horses and inspired by the high levels of sportsmanship and professionalism. She was thrilled to compete at Upperville, Loudoun Benefit, HITS Culpeper, and the Kentucky Horse Park, where she observed some of the best hunter riders in the country.

Returning to California, Charis worked as an assistant trainer for several professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area, while also being employed as a licensed RVT ICU Veterinary technician for an emergency animal hospital in Santa Cruz. In 2016, Charis established Seascape Sport Horses with a focus on importing European horses while developing specialized training programs for both horse and rider.

Charis strives for impeccable planning, preparation, and safety for both horse and rider. The happiness and well-being of every horse remains at the center of all her professional goals.

Shannon Wilson



Shannon grew up in San Diego with a love of horses that began at a very young age. Her first lesson at 8 years old quickly turned into weekly lessons and then grew into a lifelong passion. As a junior rider she was guided by Pat Lautenbach of Newmarket Farms in Del Mar and found success in the Equitation and Medal classes. She owes her love of the sport to Pat and feels extremely lucky to have had such an amazing trainer during her junior career. Coming from limited funds, she worked summers and groomed at shows to help afford her riding. She was given amazing riding opportunities on horses that taught her many important lessons both in and out of the show ring.

During college she took time off from the horse world to focus on her studies and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geographic Information Science with a minor in Computer Science from San Diego State University. An internship at the USGS in Menlo Park moved her up north to the Bay Area. During her days off she began riding for a local trainer which reignited the spark all over again. Deciding to follow her true passion in life, she quit her internship and worked as an Assistant Trainer for many of the top show barns in the Bay Area. She has found success in the show ring as a professional in the hunters and jumpers on the A-circuit in Northern California. In 2016 her former colleague and good friend, Charis Dankert, began Seascape Sport Horses. It was a natural fit for Shannon to join SSH in January 2017 as business partner and trainer.

Shannon brings her love of horses and positive personality to each horse and student she works with. She believes that a systematic, enjoyable and customized training schedule brings out the best in horse and rider. Seeing a young rider or young horse learn a new skill and become more confident in their abilities is one her favorite parts of the job.

Facility


Seascape Sport Horses is located in Gilroy, CA out of Stagnaro Stables.


Stagnaro Stables is a small, privately-owned facility, on 11 flat and gently sloping acres. The grounds are maintained with the utmost care and concern of our animals. Every spacious stall has an attached sand paddock so your horse has access to sun and shade and can freely walk between both all day. All paddocks are equipped with large fresh-water sources, and all stalls are rubber matted. We have several large turnout paddocks for horses to forage and play on a daily basis. The entire property is surrounded by perimeter fencing and a gated entry for security.

Our large arena has new Pos-A-Trac footing, which allows for maximum cushion and traction while jumping, and is meticulously cared for. Amenities include, washracks, cross-ties, tack-room, space for tack trunks, and arena viewing area. The property also boasts an olive-tree lined bridle path around the property's vineyard and a round-pen for exercising. The owners of Stagnaro Stables, Michelle Arani and Xan Owens, are on site 24/7 and treat each horse as if they were their own.

Shows


2018 Rated Show Schedule

Northern Winter Classic II

Murieta Equestrian Center
February 19th–25th

Woodside Spring Preview

Woodside Horse Park
April 23rd–29th

Woodside Spring Classic

Woodside Horse Park
April 30th–May 6th

Woodside Circuit Opener

Woodside Horse Park
June 18th–24th

Almaden Farms Horse Show

Brookside Equestrian Park
July 10th–15th

Oregon High Desert Classic

Bend, Oregon
July 25th–29th

Menlo Charity Horse Show

Menlo Circus Club
August 6th–12th

Silicon Valley Classic

Woodside Horse Park
August 29th–September 2nd

Sacramento International Welcome Week

Rancho Murieta
September 25th–30th

Las Vegas National

South Point Equestrian Arena
November 13th–18th

2018 Schooling Show Schedule

JK Presents Spring Fling

Woodside Horse Park
April 6th–8th

Fox n’ Horn

Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
May 11th–12

JK Presents Summer Challenge

Woodside Horse Park
June 9th–10th

Paso Robles Harvest Special

Paso Robles Horse Park
October 13th–14th

Horses for Sale


Hotline Bling

Super flashy imported Polish Warmblood Gelding. Tons of show experience on the A circuit. Lovely trot and jump. Shown in the 3ft Greens this past show season. Scope for 3’6"+. Will make an amazing Eq/Medal horse and will excel in the hunter derbies. Junior/Amateur safe.

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Pop Style

Multiple Championships in the baby green divisions at Woodside, Sacramento International and Paso Robles. Has also won multiple large open training hunter classes. Shown by a beginner in the long stirrup at Paso Robles with great ribbons. Coming 5 year old, Pop Style, AKA Bowie, was imported from Holland in June 2016. Bowie is a beautiful hunter prospect by acclaimed stallion Bustique. He is currently 16 hands but will continue to grow. Coursing 3ft with flying changes. Incredibly calm and easygoing personality and not spooky. Very safe and forgiving for a junior or amateur! He will have an amazing future in the hunters and will make and excellent Junior Hunter/Derby Horse. Pop Style's price will increase with training and show experience.

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Fortune Cookie

SOLD! Congratulations Katie and Judy Mannina. Can't wait for Katie and Finn's future together. Thank you for trusting us in the sale and training of such an amazing horse!

Lucca

SOLD! Congratulations Jill Slater and trainer Missy Froley-Sereni. We are so excited to watch you show this special horse!

Amaretto

SOLD! Congratulations Audra Robinson. Best of luck to you both in your future together!

Flashing Lights

SOLD! Congratulations Nancy Mynott and trainer Carolyn Biava. Best of luck in the Young Hunter division!

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