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.


  Cari Gomer

Cari is the Manager of Riding School Lessons Program as well as teaching additional adult and show team lessons. She has been riding since she was 8 has competed in the Buckskin circuit, very similar to AQHA. She has competed in all events from showmanship, reining, trail, English, jumping, Western to speed events. She has won numerous awards in IBHA including Circuit Champion Barrels and Poles as well as holding the 2006 National Honor Roll for both Barrels and Poles on a horse she trained. In high school she was the president of her local 4-H Club. Her horse was her best friend growing up and the relationship with that horse has helped mold her into the Equestrian she is today. She continued her college studies majoring in Equine Science. Her passion is helping her riders grow and develop into accomplished equestrians.


  Nichole (NIKI) McDonnell

Nicole (Niki) McDonnell comes to us from Boston, Massachusetts. 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. 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!



Hannah Houston

Hannah Houston has been riding at the Equestrian Reserve since she was 9 years old, more than twelve years ago where she competed on our show team for 4 years. In 2011, she and Sunny were Year-End Champion in the Western Riding Division and the Open Western Division. Hannah has been an Assistant Instructor since 2010. While in high school, Hannah worked 20+ hours a week while maintaining a 97% CNA (Cumulative Numeric Average) and has been an honors student for all 4 years of high school. Now as a senior in college Hannah continues to teach at The Equestrian Reserve one weekend a month and coaches our show team. Most summers she is a full time instructor always working to enhance her students' love of horses instilling the love of horses.



Alex Parrish

Alex Parrish started riding at the Equestrian Reserve when she was 12 years old. In 2014, she joined the joint-ownership program and enjoyed the privileges of 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 in personal health and nutritional fitness. As she pursues her college plans, she continues to teach students and coach the show team at the Equestrian Reserve. Alex is a full time instructor and 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. She is currently is a full time instructor here. Tempest motivates our students to accomplish their goals as a rider and pushes them to do their best. Tempest plans on majoring in Business Management and continuing her passion for horses during and after college.



Kiera Black

Kiera came to the Equestrian Reserve over ten years ago and became an assistant instructor in 2010. During high school she competed on Lambertís IEA Equestrian Team. During Kieraís time working and riding at the Equestrian Reserve, she developed the desire to take her passion for horses farther than the saddle, and pursue a career in Large Animal Veterinary medicine. She began her college studies at the University of Kentucky where she was able to work with Thoroughbred racehorses. She transferred her studies to Auburn University to finish her degree and to apply to Veterinary School. Kiera is able to make it home to Alpharetta once a month and the summer to continue her instructing role here. She sincerely enjoys sharing her love of horses with our students and seeing them succeed both at and outside of the barn. The Equestrian Reserveís program has played a key role in inspiring her life goals.



Morgan Teeter

Morgan Teeter has been riding with us since she was 12 years old. She is now attending Mercer University in pursuit of a degree in mechanical engineering. She participated in the joint partnership program with Sunny for 3 years before leaving for college, and was on our western show team for 3 years earning Year-End Champion and Reserve Champion awards more than once. Morgan has helped train several of our newer horses in showmanship, pattern work, and basic ground and riding work. She loves working with dedicated students and will do whatever it takes to help them go above and beyond their goals.



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