Meet the Trainers


The Vanguard Eventing team is run by Joe and Danielle McKinley, a husband-wife duo and veteran eventers with a passion for equestrian sport and teaching.


Joe McKinley

Joe McKinley, founder of Vanguard Eventing, is a veteran rider and trainer who has competed in the upper levels of eventing and dressage. A graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Joe draws on his military experience in his process of training horses.

Joe has years of experience coaching event and dressage riders and helping them to successfully climb up the levels.

With young horses, as well as horses he has produced himself and brought through the levels, Joe has numerous wins and top three finishes at varying levels, and has successfully competed at the Intermediate level. In addition to his primary focus of eventing, Joe has competed and won through Prix St Georges dressage, and has multiple wins and places at 3rd and 4th level.

Danielle McKinley

Danielle McKinley, a Bay Area native, started her work with horses from a young age with a focus on three-day eventing and dressage. Danielle has brought up several horses from the race track through Preliminary and CCI* levels in eventing, and now specializes in working with young and green horses as well as teaching riders of all ages and levels.

Having worked as a groom, barn manager and assistant trainer in several FEI barns, Danielle is able to draw her knowledge from all aspects of the industry, including her Bachelors of Science degree in Equine Science and Management.