In 1950, he left Chicago and moved to the Detroit area. His vocation at that time, was
training hunters and jumpers - avocation dressage. In the course of his career Chuck
trained 17 horses to the Grand Prix level of Dressage, a feat never accomplished by any
other American; all of these horses have shown in recognized shows and ten of those have
shown in national dressage trials.
Chuck Grant was a member of the American Horse Show Association, and a founding member of
the United States Dressage Federation and the Midwest Dressage Federation, as well as
authoring four books and numerous magazine articles.
Throughout his life Chuck Grant stressed the importance of teaching Americans to trainAmerican horses in hopes of one day fielding an American Dressage team with Americanhorses, however, this has to date not happened since prior to World War Two. Therefore,we stress the philosophy the late Chuck Grant had relayed in his teachings and pass this
information on to those who are willing to learn to train horses.
Chuck Grant continued his work up until the time of his death in 1990. He left a richlegacy in the many fine horses he trained and those who were privileged enough to knowhim and work with him received an irreplaceable gift from him with the knowledge
A graduate of Duke University, Mari Monda Zdunic is a top dressagecompetitor having earned USDF gold, silver, and bronze medals, Olympic Sports
Festival silver, bronze and team medals, along with numerous USDF top ten horseof the year
honors from the United States Dressage Federation from Training through Grand Prix
levels, open and all breed awards. Mari competed in the Olympic Trials in 1980,Gladstone, NJ; and the 1981 World Championship Trials. She is equally admired forher spectacular exhibition rides which have thrilled spectators from coast to coast.An associate of Mr. Chuck Grant for fourteen years, Mari
is continuing his fine work since his death in 1990, as owner and trainer of Shine-A-BitFarm.
Mari Monda spends the summer months at her cattle ranch in western South Dakota, Shine-A-Bit West. She invites the interested to visit and share in this unique experience.