June 11, 2015

We have now returned home to our picturesque farm in Campbellville, Ontario. It's great to be back here and all of the horses are thriving. Some of our young rider students, in their bid for the North American Junior Young Rider Championships, have already been successfully competing since our return home. Later this month we look forward to more students competing at the Equivents CDI in Newmarket, Ontario.

On another topic, sadly my wonderful groom Alison has decided to make a career change, thus I am in search of an experienced professional to take over the care of my top competition horses. Please check out this wonderful article in Atlantic Horse and Pony magazine which highlights Alison, giving her the deserved recognition she deserves for all the hard work our grooms do for us and our horses. A Groom's Life.

For more information about this position please contact me, information on how to do so can be found on the contact page of this website.

Thank you again for visiting my website, Enjoy!!


January 2015

Happy New Year!! We have successfully concluded a wonderful and exciting 2014, culminating in a Canadian team spot at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Caen, France!! Please take a look through the website to see what else we have been up to.

Our whole team have now moved south for the winter and are settled in and enjoying Tuny Page's Stillpoint Farm. We have an exciting year ahead with students and horses at all levels, including numerous students declared for the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games which will be held only an hour from our home in Campbellville, Ontario.

Please enjoy the website and please don't hesitate to contact us for any reason.


October 2014

We all had a wonderful experience at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Caen, France but are happy to be home. I am currently busy teaching and training at home as well as traveling regularly teaching clinics throughout North America. My next competition will be The Royal Winter Fair in downtown Toronto. Quickly after our return home from "The Royal" we will pack up all of our horses and dogs and make our way to Florida for the winter months where we currently have an opening in our training program. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any help. David

June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day!! I'd like to not only recognize my father but also my good friend, the late Jon Costin, father of four. Last night I was fortunate enough to be awarded the Jon Costin Memorial Cup for winning the GP freestyle. Thank you Alicia Costin and Lesley Degroote.

John Costin Memorial Cup
Being awarded the Jon Costin Memorial Cup

June 15, 2013

I believe in Canadian Hockey they call it a hat trick. This weekend with my wonderful horses Chrevi's Capital and Don Kontes I was able to win the GP, the GPSpecial and the GPFreestyle. I'd like to first thank my amazing owner Deborah Miculinic Kinzinger as well as the sponsors of the GP divisions Leatherdale Farms!! I'd like to also thank my groom Alison Malatestinic who worked her butt off all weekend, Nicholas Fyffe for being perfect eyes on the ground, as well as the rest of the great support team and students that I have. Thank you!!

June 3, 2013

"We have now been home in Canada since May 1st and things haven't slowed down and don't look like they're going to in the near future. To see what I have been up to please take a look at my press page. Currently Nicholas and I still have limited openings for training. Please come visit us at the Rockwood CDI June 15-16 where we will both be showing some of our top horses. I can also be found teaching clinics in New Brunswick, British Columbia and Missouri over the next few months. At the moment I have two top 5 year olds for sale if anyone is looking for beautiful, talented, well trained horses with great temperaments. I look forward to spending the summer developing and showing all of the horses in training in Canada. Please check back here for more updates."

"Capi and I enjoying the English weather." "The Hartpury CDI competition arena"
"Capi and I enjoying the English weather."

"The Hartpury CDI
competition arena"

"The Canadian Olympic team with our grooms
after the jog."

July 10, 2012

We have just finished competing in our European debut at the Hartpury CDI and have now been officially named to the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team for Dressage. What a feeling!!!

If you would like to follow my journey approaching the Olympics please follow me on Twitter or friend me on Facebook for daily updates. You can find links at the top of this page.

For a brief synopsis... The Hartpury CDI was a huge success not only for myself but for all the Canadian riders!! With Chrevi's Capital I finished in 4th place in the Grand Prix that was won by world record holder and hopeful 2012 Olympic medalist Charlotte Dujardin riding Valegro. In the Olympic Grand Prix Special I moved up one slot to finish third, less than one percent behind the winning ride.

On the Monday immediately following the competition myself and the rest of the Canadian Olympic team headed over to Stratford Upon Avon where we will be based at the facility of Natalie Allen (natalieallen.com) right up until the games. I'll make sure to let you know how things are going here as our training camp continues. Until then...

June 18, 2012

It doesn't seem things will be slowing down for team David Marcus Dressage!! Normally I would start the news update with News. Not this time... There is so much to report on and so much still ahead that I thought before I get to the updates I would start with my Thank You's. As most are now aware I am ranked in the number two spot in Canada coming into the 2012 Games which means Chrevi's Capital and I will be heading over to England on the 24th. It has taken a team of great people surrounding me to assure the stars have all aligned for this to happen. To name only a small few I would like to firstly thank my parents for their unwavering support and love. Deborah Kinzinger Miculinic for her incredible generosity!! She has given me the opportunity to train and compete such high quality horses including Chrevi's Capital, Don Kontes and the youngsters we have coming up. Without her friendship and kindness I wouldn't be in the fortunate position that I am today. Nicholas Fyffe for believing in me even when I didn't believe in myself, helping me daily from the ground and for doing such an amazing job of taking care of everything on the home front in my absence. Robert Dover for being truly instrumental in my show ring success. He is an amazing trainer and has transformed my horse and I into the Olympians that we will soon become. All my staff at David Marcus Dressage, especially Alex Reid and Alanna O'Neil who will both spend time grooming for Capital in England. And not to forget all of my clients, friends and family.

Ok... Onto the news. My last update was about Milton which was a turning point for us in our Olympic Bid. To follow up on Milton we travelled the next weekend to the Kentucky Horse Park to compete in the Lexington CDI. Capital and I again swept both the Grand Prix and the Olympic Grand Prix Special. Not to go unmentioned Don Kontes (DK) had a personal best score in the Grand Prix and was 3rd on 68% in the GpKur. These results for Capital moved us into 2nd place and secured our placement to the team.

Now we are home from Blainville CDI which was the last opportunity for Canadians to get their scores for the Olympic Team. The official team announcement will be from Spruce Meadows July 5th. Unfortunately Capital was a bit tired from all his travels but nonetheless finished 4th in both the Grand Prix and Olympic Grand Prix Special. DK rose to the occasion and was 3rd. He felt world class. I can't even believe I'm lucky enough to have two such top horses!!

And lastly, Not to go without mention are the students who did so well in Blainville. Alex Reid won the FEI Young Rider Team test and the FEI Young Rider Freestyle. Kerry Houlahan and Ally Dunlop had great rides in the FEI Junior division staying in the ribbons and Maya Markowski won the open Prix St. Georges on Friday with a personal best score of 66%. Congrats!!

Well, next update will be from the other side of the pond. Wish us luck and stay tuned!!

May 20, 2012

I told you I would keep this updated so as promised... What a weekend, and it's not even over yet. My two Grand Prix horses Chrevi's Capital and Don Kontes, both owned by Deborah Kinzinger, were stellar this weekend. Capital made a clean sweep of the Grand Prix and Grand Prix special divisions with personal best scores in both. His score of 72.356 was also the highest score so far of any Canadian qualifying for the 2012 London Olympic Games... wow!! Who would have thought, and only five months after our first ever GP together. Don Kontes was also no slouch posting his personal bests in the GP, placing 4th with over 66% and doing his first GP Special ever receiving over 64%. Don't count him out, he's definitely a horse for the future.

On top of my horses doing so well, my students Ally Dunlop, Jonah Freedman, Kerry Houlahan have had lots of success so far this weekend in the FEI Junior division. My wonderful groom and student Alexandra Reid has also shined all weekend on her beautiful new horse VIP by Rousseau in the FEI Young Rider Division.

May 14, 2012

So much has happened in the almost year since my last news post. My two small tour horses Don Kontes and Chrevi's Capital have bumped up to Grand Prix and are now serious contendors in the race for the 2012 London Olympic Games. My students have been very successful competing nationally and internationally, I've taught many clinics, traveled numerous times to Europe horse shopping, had a very successful season competing in Florida this winter and am now looking forward to welcoming Nicholas Fyffe to David Marcus Dressage. Nicholas will be spending the summer training out of David Marcus Dressage. For more information check out his website at www.nicholasfyffedressage.com. It's been such a whirlwind and I apologize for not keeping this news page up to date. I'm going to be so much more diligent about this... I promise!! I encourage you to become my facebook friend or follow me on twitter and you will be able to keep track of everything we've been doing and everything we're going to be doing in the next months as we continue our bid for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Next two competitions will be Milton CDI May 18-20 and Lexington CDI May 25-27.

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July 9 - 10, 2011

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January 7, 2011

David's taking 5 horses today to Wellington, Florida to train and compete until mid March. David Marcus Dressage will be leasing the beautiful Kismayo Farm in Wellington and attending 4 horse shows. Keep checking back for updates.

January 1, 2011

We at David Marcus Dressage wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!! We had a very successful year this year and we're all looking forward to seeing what 2011 brings!! Wish us luck!!

November 8-12, 2010

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

David, riding Wenonah and Whitney riding Klouseau were two of the four members of Los Mysterios. Joined by Meaghan Lane and Stephanie Jensen to make up Los Mysterios, we four riders were the first team to win the inaugural Quadrille competition.

Watch Video

September 30 - October 3, 2011

CDI Dressage at Devon

Congratulations to Whitney Harris on Klouseau and Deborah Kinzinger, owner of Don Kontes. Both horses were very competitive at this prestigious show competing against the top 36 Small Tour horses on the east coast..

In the PSG

David was 6th with 66.474
Whitney was 7th with 66.263

In the Inter 1

David was 5th with 67.105
Whitney was 7th with 66.526

In the I1 Freestyle

David was 3rd with 72.100
Whitney was 5th with 68.700
Watch Video

September 16-19, 2010

CDI-W Y/J Saugerties

Congratulations to Carla Bahr and Deborah Kinzinger!! Both owner's horses did very well at the first CDI of the year.

David was 1st and 2nd with Don Kontes and Wenonah respectively in the Open PSG on Thursday.
Don Kontes continued the week with a 3rd 4th and 5th placing in the CDI Small Tour.
Wenonah continued the week being just out of the ribbons with an 8th and 9th place in the CDI Small Tour.

August 20-22, 2010

Cornerstone Summer Classic

Congratulations to Deborah Kinzinger, whose horse had one 1st and two 2nds in the Advanced division, ridden by David. (one of the 2nds David was beaten by his own student, Whitney)
Congratulations to Sharon Nilsson who brought home yet another Amateur PSG Championship!
Congratulations to Whitney Harris who brought home another Advanced Open Champtionship!!
Congratulations to Kim Izzo who was consistently in the ribbons competing for the first time at 1st level with scores up to 67%
Congratulations to Yvette Penno who is a new student and had her highest score ever at 1st level this weekend!

August 7-8, 2010

Caledon Dressage Gold Show

Congratulations to Carla Bahr, whose mare Wenonah was Advanced Champion, ridden by David.
Congratulations to Deborah Kinzinger, whose horse Don Kontes was Advanced reserve champion, ridden by David.
Congratulations to Sharon Nilsson who won both of her PSG Amateur classes aboard her horse Cosmos.
Congratulations to Diane Phillipson who competed at her first dressage show in the pouring rain and still received scores over 60% in the training level division
Congratulations to Kaye Pollock for another succesful outing in her first season at 3rd level.

July 25, 2010

Working Student Position Available..... please inquire for details!!

July 16-18, 2010
Cornerstone Summer Festival

Congratulations to Deborah Kinzinger whose newly imported horse Don Kontes, ridden by David had a 70% in the PSG, a 69% in the I1 and won the PSG on Sunday with a 72%.

David was also successful with Carla Bahr's mare Wenonah, scoring 67% in both the PSG and I1 and a 71% in the I1 Freestyle for 2nd place.

Whitney proved to us again how strong and consistent she and Klouseau are with top scores and placings in the PSG, I1 and I1 Freestyle this weekend.

Congratulations to Sharon Nilsson and Cosmos who were PSG Amateur Champions!!

Congratulations to Betsy Bishop on successfully competing in her first PSG ever on her horse Optimist!!

Congratulations to Kaye Pollock and Sophia who at her 2nd ever horse show brought her scores up to 65% in the 3rd Level.

Another great horse show for David Marcus Dressage!! Thanks everyone for your help and support.

Don Kontes and David

June 26, 2010

It is on this day that we say goodbye to our beloved "Wilson" A special horse was taken unfairly from us by colic today. You had the makings of an international star. You will never be forgotten. Thank you to all for your kind sympathies.


June 25-27, 2010

Equivents Summer Classic

Congratulations to Carla Bahr, whose mare Wenonah was Equivents Summer Classic
Advanced Champion

Prix St. Georges

2nd Place, David Marcus and Wenonah, owned by Carla Bahr, 69.474%
6th Place, David Marcus and Ribot, owned by Carla Bahr, 62.763%

Intermediaire I

1st Place, David Marcus and Wenonah, 68.816%
3rd Place, David Marcus and Ribot, 67.105%

Prix St. Georges (Sunday)

1st Place, David Marcus and Wenonah, 69.474%

Carla Bahr, David Marcus and Wenonah

June 4-6, 2010

Cornerstone Spring Into Dressage CDI*

The ribbons and placings were too many to list, but...

Congratulations to Whitney Harris who was the CDI Advanced Reserve Champion

David had a very succesful show with both Ribot and Wenonah with top placings and scores up to 70% in the Intermediaire I with Wenonah.

Congratulations to Kaye Pollock on her first ever horse show with Sophia, debuting at 3rd level with scores up to 63%

Congratulations to Kim Izzo and Astaire who had scores between 67% and 68.9% in the training level division.

May 21-23, 2010

Equivents Spring Classic

Congratulations to Whitney Harris, Equivents Spring Classic Advanced Champion

Prix St. Georges

1st Place, Whitney Harris and Klouseau
3rd Place, David Marcus and Ribot, owned by Carla Bahr
4th Place, David Marcus and Wenonah, owned by Carla Bahr

Intermediate I

1st Place, Whitney Harris and Klouseau
3rd Place, David Marcus and Wenonah
5th Place, David Marcus and Ribot

Intermediaire Freestyle

1st Place, David Marcus and Wenonah

March 8, 2010

We have all returned from a successful season in Florida. We brought home too many ribbons to name them all.... Ribot made his debut in the FEI ring at PSG/I1 with scores as high as 67%. Wenonah finished her season on a high with a second place finish in the CDI Intermediaire I freestyle at the Wellington Classic Spring Challenge CDIW/Y/J.

Also, a big congratulations to Whitney Harris and Klouseau on her big win in the Prix St. Georges at the Wellington Classic Spring Challenge CDIW/Y/J with a score of 68.421%

January 10, 2010

David will be spending the next 5 weeks training in Wellington, Florida with Robert Dover, Canada's team coach. David will also be competing at the January 22-24, 2010 Gold Coast Opener Festival CDIW/CDIY/J/CDIP, as well as the February 12-14, 2010 Wellington Classic Spring Challenge CDIW/Y/J.

Please keep checking back for photos and results from Florida.

January 1, 2010
Happy New Year from the team at David Marcus Dressage

Please check out our stallion page. We have added CENTENARIO GRI.

We look forward to representing Centenario GRI. This beautiful stallion is a wonderful representation of the Pura Raza Espanola breed.

December 25, 2009
Happy Holidays from the team at David Marcus Dressage

December 21, 2009
Congratulations to Amy Jager and Jive on their recent successes at the 2009 FEI Young Rider World Cup!!

Amy and Jive

Amy, Jive and David before the FEI Vet Inspection

November 26, 2009

Enjoy this picture of the newest addition to the David Marcus Dressage team..... Lola.

November 15, 2009

Rosie has been leased for 2010 to Katrina Noonan to try and help her qualify for the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships. We wish her the best of luck and look forward to her progress.

November 1, 2009

Congratulations AMY and JIVE!!!!!

Amy has been selected to compete against the best young riders in the world, as the sole representitive for Canada, at the 2009 FEI Young Rider World Cup Finals to be held at the CDI-W Frankfurt in Germany on December 17-20, 2009.

Amy qualified with an average score of 68.725%.

Dressage Canada Article

EuroDressage Article

Amy & Jive

October 16, 2009

David riding on vacation in The Acores, Portugal.

September 14, 2009

DMDressage had a great show in Saugerties, NY while at the New England Dressage Association Fall Festival CDI.

David & Wenonah
David competed Ribot, owned by Carla Bahr, in the 3rd level division. Ribot won his first class on Thursday and continued his high scores all weekend with scores consistently in the high 60s.

David also competed Wenonah, owned by Carla Bahr, in her first CDI!!!!! Wenonah was a star and held her own in a very competitive field of the top Advanced horses on the east coast, with scores up to 67%.

Michelle had a good show on Debutante, culminating with a win in the
2nd level 4.

August 21 - 23, 2009

Summer Classic - DMDressage had another successful horse show with 5 horses. David started off the competition with a first in the open Prix St. Georges with Klouseau, owned by Whitney Harris and a second with Fenix, owned by Leslie Degroote. David also competed succesfully with Rosie in her first show at PSG.

Whitney went on to place 3rd in the open I1 and won the very competitive open PSG on Sunday, riding her own Klouseau.

Kathryn Martin had a great start winning the PSG Amateur on Friday. Riding Wilbur, owned by Betsy Bishop, Kathryn had a successful rest of the weekend as well.

Michelle Filsinger had a successful show riding her mare Debutante, finishing one point away from the reserve championship in the 2nd level Adult Amateur division.

August 18, 2009

David Marcus Dresage sponsors and will be attending.....


In Support of the TEAL HEART Scholarship Fund
at Ovarian Cancer Canada
Monday, September 28th, 2009

6:30 pm - Cocktail Reception & Silent Art Auction; 08:30 pm - Live Performance;
10:00 pm - Post-Reception & Prize Giveaway
Betty Oliphant Theatre, National Ballet School of Canada
400 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario Tickets $100
For more information and to purchase tickets visit

August 17, 2009

If you haven't already seen the most recent Dressage issue of Horse Sport please check it out. This issue featured David along with four others in an article titled "Rising Stars", highlighting the top 5 up and coming trainers in Canada!!

August 15, 2009

DMD attended the Caledon Cadora Gold Show last weekend and won all the classes entered. David won all three third level classes with scores as high as 69% on Ribot. David also won the Intermediate 1 both days with 64% on Wenonah.

After returning from the horse show on Sunday, David left again on Tuesday evening to teach a very successful two day clinic in New Brunswick hosted by Dressage New Brunswick.

Next weekend is the Summer Classic, August 21 - 23, 2009 at Palgrave where DMD will have 6 horses competing. Keep checking back for results.

August 2, 2009

We have returned from a successful NAJYRC. Congratulations to the Ontario East team on placing 4th, just out of the medals. Amy had her best results ever at this year's championships, finishing as the top Canadian in the individual finals with an 8th place finish and a 10th place finish in the freestyle finals. Congratulations!!

July 11, 2009

A big CONGRATULATIONS is necessary for Amy, her family and support team. Amy has been officially named to the 2009 Ontario Team at the Adequan I.M. North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. This year's NAJYRC will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington Kentucky, home to the 2010 World Equestrian Games. David competed at these championships 5 times with two horses, winning a bronze and silver medal as well as the Captain Andrew B. DeSzinay Sportsmanship awards and is looking forward to being on the other side of the arena now as Amy's trainer. Good luck Amy!!

July 2009

Well I know I have been slow to update the website, but for good reason. We have been so extremely busy here at DMD and it is not going to slow down anytime soon. We have had had a few very succesful shows so far this season and are looking forward to more starting again at the Summer Festival at Palgrave July 17-19 followed by the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park.

We had a very successful first show hosted by Kawartha Lakes Dressage Association at Saddlewood. DMD took 5 horses to this show. David had a successful show with Ribot in the 3rd level and Wenonah in the PSG. DMD student Andrea Martin competed with great success in the Young Rider division as did Amy Jager with both of her horses Jive and Key West. The highlight of the show must have been Amy's win in the Young Rider freestyle with an incredible score of 73%.

The next outing was the Springfest Dressage Show at Halton Place. David rode Fenix, owned by Leslie Degroote, and ended up with two top place finishes in the Prix St. Georges. Andrea Martin again showed her horse Optimist in the Advanced Young Rider division coming home with a reserve championship for her hard work this weekend.

Amy & Jive

June 5-7

DMD attended the Spring Into Dressage horse show at Palgrave, this time with 8 horses. David showed two horses for Carla Bahr, Ribot in the 3rd level division and Wenonah in the PSG division. Both horses had a very good horse show with many top placings and high scores. Kim Izzo brought her new horse Astaire for his first outing and ended up having a very succesful show coming home with the championship in the Starter Division. Michelle Filsinger competed her mare Debutante successfully in the 2nd level. Kathryn Martin competed for the first time with her horse Wilbur in the Amateur PSG division. She had a very successful weekend winning two firsts and one second and winning the Prix St. Georges Amateur division reserve championship. Andrea Martin picked up more qualifying scores for the North American Young Rider Championships on Optimist.

Amy Jager also acheived qualifying scores with her horses Jive and Key West
as well as the reserve championship with Jive in the FEI Advanced Young Rider
division. A great show for everyone!!!

And most recently, we just returned from a whirlwind two week long horse show in Blainville, Quebec. We competed in two national shows and two CDIs all in the span of these two weeks. DMD again brought Ribot, ridden by David. Ribot had a very succesful two weeks with scores up to 72% in the 3rd level and a 3rd level open championship. David also competed on Wenonah in the open PSG with scores as high as 70% and two advanced championships!! DMD student Andrea Martin again brought her horse Optimist to vye for a spot on the Ontario Advanced Young Rider team. Andrea had a very good show, but unfortunately was 00.125% away from qualifying. Another DMD student Amy Jager won the CDI Young Rider Freestyle with her number one horse Jive, and was FEI young rider reserve champion with her number two horse Key West.

David and Ribot

DMD ribbons from Blainville Summer Classic and Blainville International Classic 2009

April 2009

DMDressage took 6 horses to a local horse show as a warm up for this year's busy show season.

Congratulations to:

Betsy Bishop, owner of Wilbur who won the Prix St. George ridden by David,
Carla Bahr, owner of Wenonah who was 2nd place in the Prix St. George ridden by David,
Sara Pederson, Sara is a groom and rider here at DMD and was 3rd in the Prix St. George on her horse Barra's Destiny,
Whitney Harris, owner and rider of Klouseau who was 2nd in the Intermediare I,
Andrea Martin, owner and rider of Optimist who was successful in the FEI young rider team and individual tests,
Diane Phillipson, owner of LaVieda who was 3rd place in 2nd level test 2 ridden by DMD working student Alyssa Goodrich.

You can find results here from our first National show which will be the KLDA Spring Classic 1&2 May 1-3, followed by the 2nd show of the season, Equestrian Springfest at Halton Place May 8-10.

Congratulations to Kim Izzo on the arrival of her newly-purchased 2004 Imported Oldenburg gelding, Astaire!

We look forward to working with everyone again in 2009! See you at the shows!

On December 13th 2008 DMD hosted its inaugural Christmas Party to officially toast our new home and to thank our clients for another fabulous year.

We presently have an opening in our Working Student Program for a hard-working person who wishes to increase their riding and horsemanship skills under the training of David Marcus.

David Marcus Dressage is thrilled to have opened the doors of its brand new facility in August 2008. We welcomed all our clients to our 15 acre farm in Campbellville, Ontario.

Kim Izzo's Astaire!

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