Mel Montagano




Washington Township, NJ

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To represent the USA in as many Olympic and WEG games as possible.

About Mel

I’m committed to making seemingly ordinary horses extraordinary! Any breed, confirmation or age of a horse can benefit from Dressage in some way. I love helping horses find their balance and cadence that brings out the best in them.

Impression about One K

One K has been my helmet of choice since I discovered the brand. The fit, simplicity and style makes me feel my most confident and safe.

Memorable sporting achievement

Winning the Region 1 GAIG championship which qualified us to compete and win at US Dressage Finals in the Open Grand Prix In 2017. Deva and I have been together for 11 years and the road hasn’t been easy. This win made me reflect on how far we’ve come, but also look forward to more successes in the future.

Non-Equestrian Accomplishments

I graduated from University of Delaware in 2013 with a Pre-veterinary degree. One of the hardest things I’ve ever done!

Something you might not know about me

I’m in love with all things leopard print!

Whacky superstitions or traditions

I always wear red lipstick during competitions! I believe in making an impression. I also have 3 black cats that I rescued. I think they’re lucky!