Our Team

What makes DiCorti Bush Equestrian the top equestrian training stable in the area is our incredible team. Passionate, experienced, talented and friendly, we truly have the best of the best. We have trained and competed extensively in the U.S. and Europe. We bring decades of experience to make sure your needs are not only met, but exceeded.

Nicole Dicorti Bush

Owner, Head Trainer

Nicole DiCorti Bush began riding at the age of 10 in Santa Cruz County. As a junior, she rode any horse that was available as well as showed in the jumpers and equitation with her own horse under the tutelage of Dick Widger. Nicole graduated from Lake Erie College (Painesville, OH) in 2010 where she received a degree in Equine Entrepreneurship and a minor in Business Administration. While attending Lake Erie, she was an active member of Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) all four years.  Nicole rode as a working student for Denize Borges while home on school breaks and still has an active professional relationship with her. Post college, Nicole briefly worked at a sales barn outside of Hamburg, Germany followed by taking an assistant position at McIntosh Stables (Portola Valley, CA) where she managed the day to day training and care of the stable’s home and show team through 2012.

In the fall of 2012, Nicole set off on her own to develop DiCorti Bush Equestrian. Over the years her program has grown into a successful show, sales and lesson barn with a fantastic group of riders of all ages. With a variety of hunter, jumper and equitation riders, she is very proud to run a program that she herself would want to ride in!

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Grand Prix - Woodside 2021

National Derby w/5 yo Investment Horse

Stephanie Novas

Assistant Trainer

Originally from Chicago, IL, Stephanie was introduced to the sport at the age of 6 while living in Belgium. She continued her junior career back in Chicago as a working student for Lance Williamson where she competed sale horses, along with her own horses, to top placings in the junior jumper divisions. At the age of 17, she began training with Laura Kraut in Wellington and continued on to work and compete for her and her partner, Nick Skelton, in Europe.


Stephanie graduated from Santa Clara University in 2020 with a degree in Psychology. During her time at college, she was a member of the SCU Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team where she met Nicole DiCorti Bush. She now begins her professional career under the guidance of DiCorti Bush Equestrian. 


Jumpers - Vilamoura, Portugal

Lani Sutherland


Lani Sutherland joined DBE in August 2020 as a rider. She brings over 30 years experience with hunters, jumpers and equitation. Most recently, she spent 4 years going to/from Europe where she competed in internationally ranked 1.30-1.40 events in Holland, Belgium, France and Spain with Yves Houtackers. Lani also competed on the East Coast in jumpers and A/O hunters with Bobby Braswell and Courtney de Hechavarria at Terapin Hill Farm.


Over the years, Lani has been fortunate to train and learn from many others as well including Simon Nizri (Mexico), Darragh Kenny/Oakland Stables, John French, Harley Brown, Frank Madden, Keri Kampsen, Stephanie Simmonds and Penny Wahler.  Lani has lots of experience with young horse starting and difficult horse retraining.


South Spain

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