About Dana Hokana
I grew up as an only child in Southern California and was in love with horses. I would think about horses non stop! The highlight of my life was when summer came and my mom would send me to Montana for the summer to stay with my grandparents and they would take me to rent horses. My mom would also take me when she could to rent a horse in Pasadena, California. When I was 11 or 12 we moved to Newport Beach, California, I saved up about $400 mowing lawns, pet sitting, and baby sitting and bought my first horse. When I was 15 I got my first job working at a rent string in Laguna Canyon. When I was 19 I went to work for 3 years for a show horse trainer named Morey Leavitt, that job started my love for showing and training show horses. After working for Morey I worked for Larry Gimple. I then started on a mission to learn from many of the people that I had admired. I would go to ride with some of these great trainers and I am so grateful for all I learned. The trainers that I learned from were so open and giving with their knowledge. I have taken some of their methods and joined them with my own and have developed my own program, which I feel I am able to explain and share with other people through my DVDs and articles. I love horses and I am a strong supporter in kind and humane training techniques and building a solid foundation. When you take the time to do it right, you have a horse that lasts a lifetime!