Ron Danta showed on the Illinois hunter/jumper circuit in the 1960s before heading south. He eventually landed in Camden, South Carolina, merging his training business with hunter rider, trainer and judge Danny Robertshaw. Several horses whom Ron trained were U.S. Equestrian Federation Horses of the Year, and he’s won over 20 hunter championships at top A-rated shows. For several years, he chaired the task forces for the USHJA International Hunter Derby and the Green Incentive Hunter Derby and sat on the USHJA Hunter Working Group.
In addition to his professional success, Ron is equally well-known as co-founder of Danny & Ron’s Rescue, a nonprofit that rescues and rehomes more than 900 dogs a year. In 2018, they were featured in the documentary “Life in the Doghouse,” available on Netflix, which tells the inspiring story surrounding their rescue work.
In this podcast, Ron talks about hunter derbies, what makes a good horseman and training Thoroughbreds. He also shares how he and Danny started their dog rescue, what it’s like to have 90 dogs living in their home at any given time, how they manage the pack dynamics and the emotional aspect of animal rescue.
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