Color backgroundShawna Karrasch, Positive Reinforcement Trainer and Behaviorist at Terra Nova Equestrian Training Center in Santa Fe, NM with a horse.

Terra Nova Equestrian
Training Center is proud to be
the new home of legendary
positive reinforcement trainer,
Shawna Karrasch.

Meet Shawna >


Color backgroundTraining with a mounting block at Terra Nova Equestrian Training Center in Santa Fe, NM


Experience intensive learning
and training practice in our
friendly, effective Positive
Reinforcement clinics
and workshops.

View current offerings >

Color backgroundA boarder at Terra Nova Equestrian Training Center in Santa Fe, NM jumping over hurdle with her horse.


Terra Nova means
‘new ground’ to explore,
enjoy and master. We believe
Positive Reinforcement Training
can create happy, polite,
confident horses.

Read Our Philosophy >


Become fluent in the language your horse already understands.


We make positive reinforcement the priority in training. Our trainers Gilly Slayter and Shawna Karrasch work together to apply powerful, science-based, positive training methods, not only to improve motivation and performance in traditional equestrian pursuits, but to add joy and fun to the learning process for horses and their humans. Read Our Philosophy >


Experience intensive learning and practice with legendary positive-reinforcement trainer and behaviorist Shawna Karrasch. With guest housing and conference space under construction, dedicated R+ training paddocks and equines of many sizes and talents, Terra Nova hosts clinics, workshops and students in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. Learn more in our Calendar >


Terra Nova recommends Connection Training: “The Heart and Science of Positive Horse Training.” Co-founded by Shawna Karrasch, Hannah Weston and Rachel Bedingfield, is a vibrant online resource with training videos, professional knowledge base and a forum linked to Connection Training Qualified Instructors worldwide. Read more >



Terra Nova means ‘new ground’.  Our goal is to provide support for Positive Reinforcement Training in a safe, welcoming place.

We recognize Positive Reinforcement Training as proven science and humane best practice for our horses. Read our philosophy. >
Photos by Evalyn Bemis / @ebemisphoto

“Shawna has a whole new perspective on the horses, and I have enjoyed working with her immensely. She adds a lot to what we are already doing with Gilly.” – Julie R.

“Working with Shawna has been a tremendous help to my relationship with my horse. Now he is eager to work with me and it has improved his confidence tenfold.” – Elizabeth U.

“Not only does Shawna understand my horse, she understands me. She trains BOTH of us with expertise and passion.” – Sandy C.

“It is such joy working with and watching Shawna. She has an indisputable knack for training but more than that, she is just a darned lovely person to be around.” – Evalyn B.

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