Tania Evans, owner of REA, has written award-winning equine articles for international and national magazines for over 40 years.  

Riding for the whole family.

It has been a lifetime of riding for Tania. She had a pony of her own that she rode bareback, named Dutch. She often splashed into Lake Michigan on summer days.  Dutch, for chocolate, stood in the water, bracing slightly against the current while Tania stood on his back and dove into the next big wave.  He was the kindest horse!  He let her swim between his legs, crawl again up onto his sturdy back and dive once more.  Was he perfect?  No.  At night, sometimes, he would escape and walk to a nearby orchard to eat apples.  She would get a stern call in the morning, "Come get your pony."  Sometimes, he walked in the night over several miles to a pasture he knew where work horses, Belgians, lived.  Someone would drive her out there to get him. She rode Dutch back into town. It was a long ride. They ended up down at the Empire beach for a swim.

Tania's mother and her siblings had ponies.  The kids, loving the Peter Rabbit stories,  named the ponies after the rabbits - Topsy, Mopsy and so on.  Tania's grandfather Peter and her great-grandfather Peter ran logging camps on the Manitou Islands in Lake Michigan. The Peters were the amateur farrier and vet for the 350 head of horses that pulled the logs out of the winter woods on skid wagons.

See 2009 Interview in Great Lakes Horse Sports for a detailed discussion with REA owner Tania Evans of appraisals and consulting.

Use the above form or:
riverbendfarm@comcast.net or 734-904-3106 


Qualified Expert Witness

Senior Appraiser (only 30 in the US) based on equine experience, advanced education and over 1,000 hours of appraisal practice; American Society of Equine Appraisers

Appeared in state and federal courts as expert 2012-current;

Hired to review appraisal reports;

USPAP Updated National Course, 2016;

USPAP National Course, 15 hours, October, 2011;

Advanced Appraisal Certification, 70 hours study, 2010;

Appraisal Certification, original: 2003
conducted in accordance with Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, adopted by the Appraisal Foundation, Washington D.C.;

30 years running a competitive sport horse barn - training OTTBs, warmbloods, QH-crosses, grades in eventing, foxhunting, polo; buying, selling, consulting, rehabilitating, coaching, mentoring

Formerly,. advanced eventer, 3-star experience; rated polo player; foxhunter;  jumpers to Level 3; dressage to 2nd level.

30 years as a photographer in photojournalism, event photography



Education, Traditional:

Masters in Linguistics, University of Michigan 1976;

Bachelors, Literature, University of Michigan 1972;

AAS Photography and Digital Design, Washtenaw Community College 2005

CELTA certified - English as a Second Language instructor, 2015
by Cambridge University, London

National Geographic ESL worskhop 2015; MITESOL 2015-16

Adjunct Lecturer, City University of New York, Manhattan

Educational updates in horses, photography, teaching:

Future/Young Event Horse USEA 3-day seminar, 2015;

Vet Teaching Hospital, Michigan State U Lecture series, 2010-13;

Photo Workshops in Santa Fe Photo, Maine Photo; Advanced Techniques, 2013-16; U Berkeley; New School NYC;

National Press Photographers Association -  photo short course;

US Polo Association Rules, 4-day course, 2007

Equestrian coach; soccer coach, mentor 1980-2015





  • American Association of Equine Appraisers since 2003;

  • Equine Welfare Committee, US Polo AssocIation 2012-current

  • Member, Club de Polo, Casa de Campo, DR (rated player)

  • Vice President (former), Detroit Polo Club

  • Member, Women’s International Polo Committee 2008, USPA.

  • United States Equestrian Federation, United States Eventing Association 1980-2016


  • National Press Photographers Association ;

  • American Society of Media Photographers;

  • University of Michigan Alumni Association;

  • MITESOL (English as a 2nd Language)


  • Stewardship Committee, Legacy Land Conservancy 2014-current; Photo-Monitor of Legacy Properties, 2009-current

  • Washtenaw Literacy-ESL tutor

  • Coach - soccer and equestrian