team

Johnson horses

Desiree Johnson

OWNER/MANAGER

Desiree was born in 1967 in New Westminster Canada. She began competing as a junior and jumped at her first international competition at the age of 16. In partnership with her parents they ran their own stable in Pine Meadows (Canada) where they had about 30 dealing and breeding horses.
In 1998 Desiree moved to the Netherlands and competed with the 3 horses that she brought over from Canada, which she sold while competing there. In the Netherlands she worked together with Jan Broek who introduced her to the fantastic horse source that only Europe can provide. She successfully combined this exclusive horse source with the client base that she had already accumulated from Canada and the USA. In 2008 she founded her own company “Johnsonhorses GMBH” in Germany and since then has sold a lot of top hunters and jumpers to the USA, Canada and worldwide.
She is not only a successful businesswoman but also is an “R” judge in hunter and equitation.
Desiree recently represented Team New Zealand as chef d’equipe, winning the 5* Abu Dhabi nations cup. Amongst the team was Daniel Meech riding “Cinca” which is owned and bred by Johnsonhorses. The mare performed outstandingly with the only double clear round in the cup.

Daniel Meech

RIDER

“Daniel joined Johnsonhorses in 2017. He brought with him a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion for the sport and a simple training style. His optimistic attitude and drive for perfection have helped him achieve outstanding results in his career.  We really appreciate having Daniel as part of our team.”

Meech is a New Zealand equestrian. He was born in 1973 in Hastings. At the age of 20, he relocated to Germany for an apprenticeship with Dutch showjumper Paul Hendrix 1995-1996. He then worked for Paul Schockemöhle from 1997-1998. From 2000-2005 he was the manager and rider at Stall Klaas and in 2006 he became self-employed working between Europe and New Zealand riding, training and selling horses.

Daniel’s achievements include:

  • 1994 New Zealand YR Champion
  • 1995 New Zealand Champion
  • Atlanta Olympic Games 1996
  • 12th in Athens Olympic Games 2004.
  • Winner of the Kuala Lumpur Grand Prix 2004, attended by the best 30 riders in the world.
  • Winner of the Caen 4* Grand Prix 2003
  • Winner of the Munich 4* Grand Prix 2008
  • Nominated Olympic Games Beijing 2008 (did not compete due to injury)
  • 2010 New Zealand Champion

Most recent:

  • Abu Dhabi 5* Nations cup win aboard “Fine” 2018 (his own horse that he produced as a youngster to Olympic level)
  • Tryon World equestrian games aboard “Fine” 2018
  • Abu Dhabi 5* Nations cup win upon “Cinca” 2020
  • Daniel as an individual and team  New Zealand have qualified for the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo

Sarah-Jane Franklin

RIDER

“Sara-Jane joined Johnsonhorses in 2018, she has a genuine love for horses and a very hands-on grassroots approach to horse training. In addition to her great riding skills she has a very deep understanding of the North-American Hunter market which makes her a very valualbe part of our team.”

Sarah-Jane Franklin is originally from Canada, where she spent several years training with Canadian Team member Jill Henselwood. She spent 10+ years in the United States first as a rider for Maffit Lake Farms/Melinda Antisdel and then as the owner of Acadia Farms where she produced hunters and jumpers for clients.  In 2013 she relocated the business to Canada continuing to produce horses and train riders.
Sarah-Jane has won numerous hunter championships throughout North America including multiple top 10 placings in hunter derbies. She has also found success in the jumper ring from the young jumpers all the way up to the 3* Grand Prix ring.

Sarah-Jane’s achievements include:

  • 3rd overall International Hunter Futurity Finals 2012 (Lexington, Kentucky)
  • Winner of the GO show Hunter Derby 2012 (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
  • Winner of the Concours Hippique de Blainville Hunter Derby 2017 (Blainville, Quebec)
  • Winner Pepiniere Grand Prix 2015 (Quebec)
  • Winner Concours Hippique de Levis Welcome Prix 2017 (Quebec)
  • 12th overall Canadian Senior National Championships 2016 (with Canberra PJ, her own horse, produced from a 3yr old)