Dianna Robin Dennis knows the horse world intimately, having ridden, foxhunted, pony
clubbed, and shown in a variety of disciplines, since she was a small child. With inside
knowledge of horse showing coming from years of participating and watching at the highest
levels, she easily duplicates the real world on paper.
Dianna has two non-fiction horse books in print - the first, 101 Jumping Exercises written
with Olympic Course Designer, Linda Allen, is published in the US by Storey Press (2002)
and in the UK by David & Charles (2003). It has also been translated so far into at three
other languages: German (2004), Spanish (2005), and Polish (2006); other translations are in
the works. It was the fastest selling first printing in Storey's history - selling out within a
month of publication. Her second book, The Rider's Fitness Program (2004), has been selling
consistently all over the world, including Ireland, where it is part of the Irish Farm
Journal's book program. Both books were chosen as "book of the month" for the US, UK, and
Aus horse book clubs.
Dianna has been an active composer and singer/songwriter since her high school days. The
first movement of her symphony was performed by the Princeton Symphony in 1994. Her
choral works arqe performed regularly all over the world.
Athenry, Co Galway, Ireland is Dianna's current home - a farm with eight horses, one
lurcher, and three cats. (Any other animals resident on the farm are not by invitation.) She
has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied writing with Joe Papaleo and
others, and an MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden School. She has also taken
courses at Princeton University, Westminster Choir College, and CCNY, and is an active
member of Galway's Dead Serious Writers' Group. She has been an antiquarian book dealer,
Director of Marketing for a plant nursery, Assistant to the Director of a Museum,
Professional Ski Patrol, exercise rider for a boarding stable, free-lance magazine
editor/writer, and a technical writer for major US and international corporations.
She has ridden/shown horses, composed music, sung, and written poetry / prose through all