The Equestrian Reserve
739 Old Alpharetta Rd.
Alpharetta, GA 30005

 Questions? Call Us! 770 205-1230


The Equestrian Reserve - Our Staff


  Donna Romeu

Donna Romeu is the Founder/Director of The Equestrian Reserve. Because of her previous years as a teacher and elementary school principal in the school system, she has truly created a unique equestrian academy and horseback riding school that has sound educational practices with safety always at the forefront. Her career as an educator is extensive as well as her years of affiliation with 4-H, Pony Club of America, CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association), AQHA, CQHA, and GQHA. She has trained young horses from the ground up and has competed extensively with numerous Championship titles.  Her passion now is to see that each of her riding students succeed with their own individual goals with horses. Whether it is for pleasure, enjoyment or to be highly competitive, Donna takes a special interest in each individual student.  Parents can schedule conferences to set goals or meet at any time to address any concerns.  This is your school!  This is the place where we donít just say we have a program to fit your goals and desires but where we make sure it does happen.  Read more about Donnaís philosophy by returning to the home page and clicking on About The Equestrian Reserve.



Hannah Houston

Houston is the Manager at the Equestrian Reserve. She has been with us for over 17 years. She started as a young child in our lesson program advancing to competing on our show team for four years, ultimately earning the title of Year-End Champion in the Western Riding division and Open Western division with Sunny. She became an Assistant Instructor in 2010, working 20+ hours a week while maintaining a 97% CNA (Cumulative Numeric Average) and being an honors student all 4 years of high school. She attended Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, during which time she returned to the Equestrian Reserve once a month to coach our show team, and teach weekend lessons and worked full time here all summers throughout her college years. She has always been a big part of our program. At Georgia College, she earned her degree in Mass Communication with a minor in Marketing, and graduated as Valedictorian of her class. After graduation, Hannah worked for a Public Relations & Marketing agency before returning to the Equestrian Reserve to continue pursuing her love of horses and instilling that same love of horses in her students.


  Nicole (NIKI) McDonnell

Nicole (Niki) McDonnell comes to us from Boston, Massachusetts. Niki is our Assistant Manager and also works extensively with our younger or green horses. She was ranked 5th in the Nation by the United States Eventing Association (USEA) in 2010 with her horse, Satchmo whom she raised and trained herself and is now in the lesson program here at The Equestrian Reserve. Niki has successfully competed nationally in Eventing, Dressage, and Hunter Jumpers and has been named Champion several times in IEA at the collegiate level in Hunter Equitation and Hunter Over Fences. She has traveled all over the country competing and training with top riders in the world, several who have competed in the Olympics. She has also enjoyed long distance endurance trail riding and competing in Hunter Paces. Niki has a Bachelors Degree in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) and has combined her education in psychology, special education and equine studies with her lifetime of horse experience to effectively instruct her riding lesson students and help them reach their goals. She loves to help riders learn, grow and evolve into accomplished equestrians. Come see her do yoga with her horse too!



Alex Parrish

Alex Parrish started riding at the Equestrian Reserve when she was 12 years old. In 2014, she participated in the joint-partnership program and enjoyed the privileges of co-owning Rita. In 2015, Alex and Rita were awarded RHSC Junior Horse Western Pleasure Champion. Alex started instructing 3 years ago. While in high school, Alex earned both the Girl Scouts Bronze and Silver Award, and was awarded the Presidential Service Award in 2011. Alex is working towards a degree from Georgia State University. As she pursues her college plans, she continues to teach students and coach the show team at the Equestrian Reserve. Alex is always working hard to help students grow and motivate them to progress with their skills.



Tempest Young

Tempest has been riding at the Equestrian Reserve since she was 7 and was on our show team for 5 years and has owned a horse with us as well. In her sophomore year of high school she rode on Lambert High School's IEA team and placed first in her region. She won grand champion in her division at the end of the year in 2013 and 2014. Tempest has been a barn worker since she was 13 and started instructing during her junior year of high school. Tempest is currently instructing while she is attending the University of North Georgia, and plans on majoring in Business Management. She is continuing her passion for horses during college, including competing on the UNG Equestrian Team. In 2018 Tempest was the Reserve Champion with Sunny in the Hunter Hack and Mini Hunter Division. Tempest motivates our students to accomplish their goals as a rider and pushes them to do their best.



Samantha (Sam) Pistacchio

Samantha Pistacchio (Sam) is an Army veteran and seasoned rider and trainer. Samantha started riding at the age of 3 and has extensive knowledge in English hunter/jumpers, showmanship, horsemanship, and equitation. Before joining the Army, Sam rode on her middle, high school, and college teams including Kennesaw State University and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. While competing on these teams, Sam also instructed and ultimately lettered both academically and athletically each year in high school, graduated with honors, and went to college on equestrian and academic scholarships. Samantha successfully competed on a national level with the horse she rescued and trained herself during high school, Murphy, earning two national championships in the hunter ring and equitation. Sam won the National Sportsmanship and Horsemanship awards for IEA in 2014, won Regionals and Zones for her high school team each year from 2011 through 2015, and trained under a nationally ranked judge for two years. During her five year service in the Army as a combat medic, Sam taught lessons both to private horse owners and the Army Mounted Color Guard of Fort Carson, Colorado. After her service to our nation, Samantha came home to Georgia and is proud to be fulfilling her life-long dream of turning her passion for horses and riding into a career.



Brittani Blase

Brittani has been working with horses for over 20 years. She began her riding as a young girl with an Arabian lesson program, but shortly after, fell in love with rodeo. She competed in the Georgia Junior Rodeo Association (GJRA) up until her teenage years. After high school, she attended Central Georgia Technical College and received a Veterinary Assistant certification for both large and small animals. Following school, she worked with the Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the Georgia Equine Rescue League rescuing impounded horses, an contributing to their rehabilitation, training and helping them find new homes. She has also experience teaching riders of all ages and varying abilities. At home, she currently owns an adopted mustang which she has gentled and started training.



THE EQUESTRIAN RESERVE   ●   739 Old Alpharetta Road, Alpharetta, GA 30005   ●   (770) 205-1230