Mario and Dacia (day-sha) Imperato have relocated to the Pacific Northwest and downsized their training program to specialize in clinics, consulting, and specialized farrier work.
Mario and Dacia use an optimistic and positive approach to helping each horse and rider become confident in their innate talents and improve in their equine sport by learning/practicing skills and drills necessary for their success. We recognize that each horse and rider is an individual and focus on the specialized development of each student.
In our program we strive to develop CONNECTION, strength, courage, focus, and accuracy. As well as we foster a sense of understanding and compassion for others by working closely as a team. Formerly known as Stepping Stone Sporthorse, now owned by a Renè Frilot in Temecula, CA. We are currently based out of Butler Hill Equestrian facility south of Bellingham, WA. We are proud to be known for a strong married partnership teaching together, unique resources (such as LuLu the Mechanical Horse and lots of metaphors) and putting the horse and rider first and sport second.
We have a holistic and approach and keep an eye on emotional and physical development while providing world-class training and ensuring safety and soundness of our students, human and equine alike. We are proud of our team of winning riders on top horses riding and showing together with camaraderie, passion, and most of all friendship with not only each other but with their horses.
Our riding program empowers horse and rider to be successful. At Northwest Sporthorse we make learning challenging, fun and rewarding! We build riders for top horses and prepare horses for top riders. Rich in experience in most show arenas including disciplines Jumper, Dressage, Hunter, equitation and Sporthorse breeding, we will customize programs for you and your horse according to your need.
Dacia Peters-Imperato has been riding and competing in the hunter/jumper discipline since the age of 4 and training her first pony at 11. She has interned and trained with several very successful professionals in the hunter/jumper, dressage, AQHA, eventing, breeding and veterinary worlds. Dacia graduated in 2002 Cum Laude from a privat
Dacia Peters-Imperato has been riding and competing in the hunter/jumper discipline since the age of 4 and training her first pony at 11. She has interned and trained with several very successful professionals in the hunter/jumper, dressage, AQHA, eventing, breeding and veterinary worlds. Dacia graduated in 2002 Cum Laude from a private liberal Arts college SMWC in Indiana with a double major in Equine studies and Digital Media Communications with an emphasis on Equestrian business. Dacia has placed in the top for Intercollegiate in both Western and English. She has successfully competed in USEF recognized levels of hunters, hunter derby's, jumpers, dressage, eventing, AQHA and international breeding within the warmblood registries. Dacia has earned her bronze medal lifetime achievement award in dressage with her special horse "For Play". She focuses on bio mechanics and how to physically become a better rider instead of just looking the part. She is very patient and always encouraging. She loves to help people learn how to "feel" their horse aka "have a feel"
She has developed a great network of current professionals around the world in all equine and business industries. Dacia has started and finished many horses/ponies and brought her students from leadline to professionals in the horse industry. Not only has Dacia produced champions but has the ability to recognize potential and has a background in judging both open shows and rating warmblood breeding horses. She has been invited multiple times to reside in Europe to ride professionally and work with the international warmblood registries but has always prioritized her family and politely declined.
Something you may not know about Dacia is that she grew up surfing because of her family's interest and use to pretend that she was jumping her pony when she would sit out in the water too scared to take a wave in.
Together Mario and Dacia make a dynamic team. Collectively they have over 75 years of experience in the horse industry and are very excited about their next chapter sewing into the equestrian community nationally and internationally
Mario Imperato wears many hats in his family. Mario has a talent for design and fabrication. He works with many mediums Metal, leather, and wood. He has a great gift for horse, rider, and facility development. Mario has a growth mindset, a CAN DO attitude, and excellent leadership skills. Not only is Mario a top farrier, he is an exce
Mario Imperato wears many hats in his family. Mario has a talent for design and fabrication. He works with many mediums Metal, leather, and wood. He has a great gift for horse, rider, and facility development. Mario has a growth mindset, a CAN DO attitude, and excellent leadership skills. Not only is Mario a top farrier, he is an excellent rider, competitor, coach, course designer, entrepreneur , husband and dad. Mario is mostly known for his work with young horses and his ability to longline and build a horse's confidence on the ground and on their back. What a lot of people don't know is that along side his mother Diana Muravez, he built multiple international grand prix dressage horses and trains and shows at FEI levels. Something else people may not know is that he started off riding roping horses and transitioned into riding and training race horses before he began with sporthorses.