Dannette Plaster-Williams, Owner of DOK
Dannette was born in Atlanta, Ga to non-horse loving parents. She attended a horse camp at the Little Hope Ranch in Conyers when she was 5 years old. She immediately became hooked and was fortunate enough to go to Little Hope Ranch until she was 12 years old. That same year she purchased her first horse, and from then on horses have been the highlight of her life!
In 1971 Dannette's family moved to Miami and she had to sell her (now) three horses to make the move. Her family lived in a townhouse and having to board horses she was only allowed to keep one.
Overtime Dannette bought the horse of a lifetime, Espie. Espie changed her life! As it turned out Espie was pregnant, which meant no riding, so Dannette went to a trick riding/English school in Chile, South America. This is where she really learned to ride English, even though her instructor was only Spanish speaking. She was as happy as she had ever been and just soaked it up!
Dannette came home in 1973 and finished High School, began riding her beautiful Espie, and applied for college at Meredith Manor Equestrian College, (MMEC).
The time she spent at MMEC was more than she bargained for, and the only truly difficult thing she had done to date. It prepared her for life as an employee, a boss, a friend, but mostly they found the teacher in her.
Since leaving Meredith Manor in 1975 as a Riding Master. She has taught, trained and showed her entire life. Her most memorable moments have been with kids showing horses.
"I find satisfaction in students that I taught to ride as young teenagers that are now in their forties and fifties that still come back to visit me. I like to make a difference", says Dannette.