We Share Your Passion
You love horse jumping and so do we. You like the self-discipline of training, relish the companionship of “barn people,” and long for your next ride. You’re a horse person just like us. Is there anything better?
We love what we do.
We are a professional group of equestrians with a long history of riding and training experience.
At First Flight we pride ourselves on:
Pairing people with the proper horse
Providing one-on-one training
Creating a fun, educational environment
Instilling confidence in our riders from beginners to show veterans
Come join our family team. We’re here to serve you.
Mission Statement - We believe in ethical, serious fun,
that instills the values of work and discipline
First Flight Team
I’m a 5 th generation farm girl, born and raised outside of Lafayette, Indiana. My childhood days were spent riding, showing, and fox hunting. In college, I dabbled in other outdoor activities
like rock climbing, snowboarding, and kayaking.
After graduation, I returned to my equine roots and began teaching. I studied the American System of Forward Riding and became a certified ANRC rider. Other qualifications soon followed: USHJA/USEF certified trainer, local show judge, and clinician.
My goal as a trainer/instructor is to utilize the graded system of teaching to ensure that horse and rider become complimentary partners.
Dacia Funkhouser Johnson
Riding has been a part of my life since a very early age. At the age of nine I was recognized as having a natural talent and, under the tutelage of Coach Russ Walther, I successfully climbed the ranks as a junior.
When I turned 20, I became a professional rider and attained Large “R” judge status. My career took me many places and I had the good fortune of taking the Puerto Rico equestrian team to the Pan Am games in 1991.
Certifications include: ANRC Rider, WCHR Champion, Capital Challenge Champion, and AQHA Horse of the Year Champion.
We sold the farm in Indiana and moved to Monticello with plans to retire and fox hunt with LOH hounds.
I still enjoy riding, judging and showing as an amateur.