Yvonne barteau

Founder & Executive Director, HWH Rescue Organization
Founder, KYB Dressage
Head Trainer, Oaks Equestrian Center

A world-renowned FEI Horse trainer, clinician and competitive dressage rider, Yvonne is also a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist. Through her business, KYB Dressage, which has locations in both Bell and Lake City, Florida, she has trained over 30 horses to the Grand Prix Level/Olympic level dressage and over 100 to Prix St George. She has also qualified horses and riders for World Championships and World Cups and earned dozens of National and Regional titles.

With the highest ranking of 5 stars on the Center Line Scores rating system, Yvonne has been long-listed for the U.S. Olympic Team on Grand Prix stallion Liberty. She was also the trainer of the Most Winning Horse in USDF History, the Holsteiner stallion GP Raymeister.

For six years Yvonne was also the Principal Trainer and Director of entertainment operations at the popular equine dinner theatre attraction 'Arabian Nights' in Orlando Florida. From that start, she became a national equine theatre producer producing the sold-out Breyerfest evening performance at the Alltech Arena in Lexington Kentucky. She also produced 'An Evening of Dancing Horses®' for multiple years at The National Western Stock Show.

Barteau’s empathy for horses led her to become the Founder and Executive Director of HWH, which has grown in five short years to become one of the top horse rescues in the United States.

The Organization houses and cares for up to 90 horses, including over 50 rescue horses and 20-30 high-level dressage horses at the 125-acre facility, Rock Bluff Ranch. Endorsed by the ASPCA, The Right Horse Initiative, Equine Welfare Data Collection, and Guidestar, the Organization is also a data collector for Purina Equine Feed Products.