Sporthorse Seminars at Sea


     Our lecture series is an engaging, two-day program set in a classroom environment. Presentations are geared for those who have an interest in the correct principles of breeding, raising, training, and competing of sporthorse atheletes for dressage, show jumping, or eventing.  All levels of riders - amateurs and professionals - will benefit from these seminars.

     Guest Speakers are also available for personal consultations during the cruise to discuss the specifics of your riding, training, and sporthorse breeding decisions. We encourage you to bring photos or dvds of your horses,  and take advantage of this exclusive opportunity.



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"The featured speakers were excellent. I'm now inspired to apply my new found knowledge to my riding."  - Julia Peterson,  Sporthorse Cruise Guest  

Sporthorse Seminars at Sea

Thank you to our past Guest Speakers !

Our popular enrichment program provides engaging seminars covering  equine health management, nutrition, breeding, and training. Open discussion is encouraged. 

-2024 Alaska Cruise Guest Speakers- 

Donna Stevens, VMD

Dr Stevens is a licensed equine veterinarian with extensive experience in lameness, reproduction, geriatric,and herd health preventative medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia, and earned her Master's degree in Large Animal Surgery, Radiology, and Anesthesiology from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, where she was also a professor of Large Animal Surgery for 7 years. Although recently retired from her Southern California equine veterinary practice, she continues to provide comsultation services for horse owners throughout the U.S. Dr. Stevens returns for her third Sporthorse Cruise.     

Steffen Peters      

A highly accomplished equestrian, Steffen is a five time Olympian representing the United States in dressage. His international competition experience includes the Pan Am Games, World Equestrian Games, and World Cup Championship, which he won with Ravel in 2009. Born in Germany, Steffen emigrated to the United States in 1985 with his beloved horse Udon, whom he rode in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The pair won a bronze team medal in their first competition as part of the U.S. squad.   Nationally, he's earned the U.S. Equestrian Federation's Equestrian of the Year award an unprecedented 3 times. Steffen and his wife Shannon have their training business at their own farm in Southern California. He returns for his second Sporthorse Cruise.     




Natalie DiBerardinis 

Managing DIrector, Hilltop Farm, Inc.

President, Executive Committee, American Hanoverian Society (AHS)  

Located on 400 acres in the Maryland countryside, Hilltop Farm is renown for their success in breeding and raising international quality sporthorses. Natalie oversees breeding stock, young horse development, and farm managment while supporting the U.S. breeding community through her affilations with the Mid-Atlantic Hanoverian Breeders club, KWPN-NA Stallion Committee, the North American Stallion Sport Test committee, and American Hanoverian Society Inspection Committee.                       Natalie returns for her third Sporthorse Cruise. 

2023 Danube River Cruise

Willy ArtsDirector, KWPN-NA, owner DG Bar Ranch 

Natalie DiBerardinis - Managing Director, Hilltop Farm, Inc.  

Terri Miller-SteinerAward winning Equestrian Photographer and Artist

Steffen Peters - USET Dressage Olympian, FEI World Cup Champion   

Robert Jacobs, PhD - Equine Nutritionist, Equine Innovation Manager for Purina Animal Nutrition    

Dr. Christian Schacht -  Breeding Director American Trakehner Association, Former Breeding Director Oldenburg NA, Conformation and Equestrian History lecturer

Silvia Steen -   Founder, The Silva Project (Corfu, Greece)    

Jeremy Steinberg  - Dressage clinician, Chronicle of the Horse columnist, Former USEF Dressage Youth Coach

Axel Steiner - World Cup and Olympic Dressage Judge, Horse Show Livestream Commentator  

Dr. Donna Stevens - LIcensed veterinarian and former University of Minnesota Veterinary School Professor               of Equine Surgery. Member of American Association of Equine Practitioners.  

2023 River Cruise Sporthorse Seminar will be in Vienna as we visit the world famous Spanish Riding School. This exclusive tour will be guided by Christian Schacht, Breeding Director of the American Trakehner Association, and past Sporthorse Cruise Guest Speaker.

2023 Danube River Cruise Group Leader