About Sara

Sara grew up on the east coast of Italy in the city of Ancona. She first rode a horse when she was just four years old on a family vacation in northern Italy, which is where her love of horses began.  Her mother encouraged her to try many types of sports, instruments, and activities when she was young. Sara asked to take horseback riding lessons when she turned eight years old. Just a year later, she gave up all other sports to pursue her passion for horses and give 100% of herself to the equestrian world. She went on to give up two other passions she had for horses: Conservatory as a pianist, and a law degree.

Sara was competing in international eventing when Johan Hinnemann, international dressage trainer from Germany, suggested that she specialize in dressage. Since switching disciplines in 2008, Sara has trained with Hinnemann and Olympians Coby Van Baalen, Marlies Van Baalen and Anna Merveldt. 

Sara came to Texas in 2013 and has been successfully competing in all levels up to Prix Saint George. Major accomplishments includes USDF Silver and Bronze medals, the Hedley Lamberty Trophy, GAIG Champion, SWDC Champion and she has earned many high score champion ribbons in recognized shows, achieving scores over 70%.

Toolin Dressage LLC was founded in 2020 with the aim of high quality training and care of the horses in European style. At Whispering Farms Equestrian Center in Prosper, Texas, Sara has found a great home and the high standards they provide for horses and clients. 

Sara during a training session with Dutch Olympians Coby and Marlies Van Baalen (2017)

Young Horses selection with Dante DVB, 3 years old KWPN gelding. The Netherlands (2011)

Coby Van Baalen and Olympic Ferro during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sidney

FEI CIC* Ravenna, Italy (2007)

Award Ceremony at a Dressage Show in Milan, Italy (2009)

Show Jumping 125 in Milan, Italy (2009)

Show Jumping 115 in Torino, Italy (2008)

Sara on her visit to Dressurstall Van Baalen in Brakel, The Netherlands (2017)

Sara during a training session with olympians Coby and Marlies Van Baalen in The Netherlands (2017)

Coby, Marlies Van Baalen and Sara at a dressage horse show in Uden, The Netherlands (2017)

Sara and her idol, Coby Van Baalen at Dressurstall Van Baalen (2016)

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