We’re on the road to the future in R+ with Priority to Positive®!


We make positive reinforcement the priority in training. Our team applies science-based and positive training methods to improve motivation and performance in traditional equestrian pursuits and add joy & fun for horses and humans. Read Our Philosophy >


Learn more about the Priority to Positive® principles with our team. Via Nova offers workshops, and sponsors and presents at events to introduce our philosophy and principles to the equestrian community. Learn more in our Blog and Calendar >


Via Nova has a vibrant international and online community! Keep in touch and connect with us via social media and our newsletter. Learn about events and new skills, plus updates from Via Nova. Sign up below and visit our Newsletter page to get to know our friendly community.  Read more >

Gilly Slater, Dressage and Eventing Trainer, Barn Manager at Terra Nova Equestrian Training Center in Santa Fe, NM with a horse.

Betsy S.

“If you can go to one of these DO IT! Best experience EVER!”

Betsy S.

Patricia Lincourt, Lincourt Stables, Los Angeles

“Love the vision and experience of this lovely group of people at a top notch facility in Santa Fe. A week of training leaves me inspired and energized!”

Patricia Lincourt

Julie R.

“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.”

Elizabeth U.

“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.”

Sandy C.

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

Evalyn B.

“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.”



Via Nova means ‘new road’. Our mission is to bring awareness of Priority to Positive® to the mainstream equestrian world — from top competitors to casual enthusiasts.
Meredith and Taz

Meredith and Taz R+

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