Across the country riders of all ages and disciplines are loving the results that our products bring to their horses. We are happy to have top riders from all ends of the industry represent the core values of Excel.
Sydney is the daughter of Jill Shulman and one of the head trainers at Back Country Farm. Now representing Israel, Sydney has competed across the United States and Europe for many years. In addition to training with her mom, Sydney has also trained with the help of John Roche, Brianne Goutal, Stacia Madden, Max Amaya and Frank Madden over the years to continue to expand her knowledge in the hunter, jumper and equitation rings.
Sydney experienced an incredibly successful career in the ponies and throughout her junior years, winning the Ronnie Mutch Award, multiple championships at Pony Finals, the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, and more. Sydney turned professional in 2015 and quickly grew to be one of the most competitive U25 and Grand Prix athletes in the industry.
Since then, Sydney has continued to accumulate top placings at the most renowned horse shows in the country, such as the Devon Horse Show and the Washington International Horse Show at the Grand Prix level. 2020 has continued to bring success for Sydney and her impressive string of horses, including Villamoura, J-Boston S.E, Ardente Printaniere and Azilis Du Mesnil, by capturing an impressive list of wins all the way up to the 5* level.
Amanda owns and operates Ashmeadow Farm based in Califon, NJ and Ocala, Fl. She specializes in hunters and jumpers with a focus on developing young hunters and coaching amateur riders. Amanda has ridden and coached to overwhelming success up and down the East Coast for the last 20 years. She has ridden to tricolors at all of the major Horse Show’s including the Devon Horse Show, Hampton Classic, Capital Challenge, and The National Horse Show. 2018 was a banner year for Steege…. she won the $500,000 Devocoux Hunter Prix Finals aboard Cheryl Olsten’s Lafitte De Muze and then continued on to be champion and green hunter champion at The Capital Challenge and The National Horse Show. She also won the $50,000 professional challenge at the capital challenge Horse Show and was named 2018 WCHR National Champion. Also in 2018, Amanda coached long-time student, Lisa Arena Davis, to Champion at Devon aboard Balou.
Kristy McCormack Herrera began her professional career after winning the USET Finals in 2002 while riding with Frank and Stacia Madden at Beacon Hill Show Stables. During college, Kristy rode for and learned from some of the nation’s best riders and trainers including Beezie Madden, Nona Garson and Aaron Vale. In 2006, Kristy began working for Missy Clark and North Run, where she became Missy’s assistant trainer and helped train their students to win numerous national championships including her sister Kimmy, winner of the 2007 USEF Medal Finals and ASPCA Maclay Finals on their horse Sundance. During Kristy’s time at North Run, she was given the opportunity to spend a year riding show jumpers and sales horses at Stephex Stables in Brussels, Belgium. In Europe, Kristy competed in both National and International FEI horse shows, winning five national Grand Prix classes and competing on up to twenty horses a month. Since returning to the United States and establishing her own business in 2010, Kristy has focused on training young horses and competing in both the jumper and hunter rings. Kristy specializes in training both junior and amateur riders who compete in hunters, jumpers, and equitation.
Martin Muehlstaetter’s updated NRHA earnings are $968,000. He hopes to hit the million mark this year. Martin’s latest accomplishments are: 4th in L4 Open Reining Futurity riding Seven On Seven
Martin’s prior accomplishments consist of:
2011 NRBC L4 Challenge Champion
2012 AQHA World Championship Show Sr Reining 3rd
2014 NRBC Open Classic Champion L4 and L3.
3x Reining By The Bay L4 Open Futurity Champion
2014 AQHA World Championship Show Sr Reining 3rd
2016 Reserve World Champion Sr Reining AQHA World Show
2018 Reserve World Champion Sr. Reining AQHA World Show
2018 Best of The West Futurity Champion L4 and L3
2017 NRBC L4 Challenge Champion
2019 NRBC L4 Challenge Champion
2019 Reining By The Bay L4 Stakes Champion
Rachel Kennedy began riding at the age of three outside of Philadelphia at Jack Trainor’s Here and There Farm. As a junior rider Rachel showed horses for a number of Jack Trainor’s clients and for other professionals such as Rodney Jenkins, Ray Francis and Gerry Goldman as well. As the professional rider for Trainor’s Here & There Farm she rode to seven AHSA Horse of the Year Titles along with numerous State Titles. In 1995 Rachel moved to Maryland and started her own business ESP Farm.
Rachel has trained and shown numerous hunters and jumpers to championships on the USEF “AA” Circuit at shows such as the Winter Equestrian Festival, Capital Challenge, Devon, Ocala, Washington International, Upperville, Vermont Summer Festival, Kentucky and Fairfield. Rachel has won multiple National and International Hunter Derbies, Her students have represented the United States in FEI Nations Cup Competition and have won 20 Grand Prix classes at such shows as Devon, Upperville and an FEI World Ranking class at the CSI 3* Lexington, KY. She has trained riders to Team Gold and Silver at the FEI North American Young Rider Championships, and Team and Individual Gold at the USHJA South Children’s /Adult Jumper Championships.
A USEF Licensed Hunter and Equitation Judge since 1995. Rachel judges a number of major horse shows each year including the 2016 ASPCA Maclay Championships and at such shows as the Winter Equestrian Festival, Kentucky Horse Shows, Hampton Classic, The Legacy Cup, Indio, Del Mar, Menlo, Pebble Beach, Fairfield, Saratoga, the USEF Pony Finals, USEF Pony Equitation Finals, the USEF Junior Hunter Finals and the USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Finals. In 2015 Rachel judged the West Coast Canadian Equestrian Team Medal Finals.
Rachel has served on the Board of Directors of the MHSA and PHSA, and as a member of the USHJA Zone III Jumper Committee.
Ronan Moloney was born and raised in County Offaly, Ireland, where he began his career by breaking and preparing horses for foxhunting, racing, and steeplechasing. He moved to the USA in 2002 and started working preparing Thoroughbreds for the track in Millbrook NY. A few years after that, Ronan and his wife Kristy moved to Sharon CT where they ran a farm that specialized in eventing. In 2008, Ronan and Kristy opened up their own business, Kinnitty Capall Stables, first in Millerton NY, and now at their permanent farm in Ancramdale NY. Ronan rides and trains event horses 9 months a year in NY and 3 months a year in South Carolina.
Ronan and Kristy run a breeding program with their two stallions, Kharacter C, an RPSI stallion with an impressive list of successful offspring, and Dartangion, a KWPN stallion who will be making his Intermediare 1 debut in dressage this season. Ronan takes great pride in starting all of his own youngsters and bringing them up in their careers. He also has a small string of older competition horses that he trains and competes yearlong.
(HHS Dollar 12 year old Irish Sport Horse Gelding)
Ronan is a cross country course designer who holds his ‘r’ license. He designs lower level events in Area 1, and was instrumental in revitalizing the Kent School Horse Trials in Kent CT. In 2019, he and 2 other people came together to take over the organization of the horse trials and to give the whole event a facelift. Ronan oversaw and designed the entire cross country course overhaul.
Ronan owns the 12 year old Irish Sport Horse gelding, HHS Dollar. Dollar was bred in Ireland by Marion Hughes and was imported to the USA in 2012. Dollar was competing successfully at both Intermediate and CCI* before undergoing colic surgery in 2018. He and Dollar are now back in training and are rising up the levels this year. Dollar’s first CIC** will be in August 2019.
This is what Ronan had to say about The Excel ProElite Oil Supplement: “I have found that it has worked great on Dollar. His weight gain and his attitude have changed tremendously. I have noticed that his legs don’t swell up after training anymore, and he feels much less tense in his body. The Excel ProElite has helped Dollar with his body condition and manages his muscle soreness. Ever since his colic surgery, Dollar has been tight and tense in places he never was before. Since using the ProElite, Dollar has gained more muscle in his topline and is able to hold his weight very well. Working back up to the upper levels has been a long, hard process, but with the ProElite, Dollar is 10 times better than he has ever been. As a naturally high energy and anxious horse, Dollar used to burn off all of his fat and become very tight in his body. Now that he is using the Excel supplement, Dollar is gaining weight as he should be and is developing proper muscling throughout his body. I’m very happy to have found this product. It’s a game changer.”
Genevieve’s training style effectively places her knowledge and experience into the hands of her students. She offers an energetic, encouraging, and positive perspective in her program, which translates into motivation and progression for both her students and horses. Students walk away with a newfound confidence in their abilities, and horses are always eager for their next session!
Genevive’s Passion for Thorough Training
Genevieve’s true talent lies with the careful development of young horses. Her patient system of training, which is highly focused on developing correct and strong horses through groundwork, educated flatwork, and conditioning has resulted in much success with young horses in both the hunter and jumper rings at the largest shows. She has an astute feel for soundness and physical problems with horses, and with her support team develops precise plans to help each horse overcome their limitations and become the best they can be, most times surpassing all expectations!
Genevieve prides herself on her work ethic and tireless desire to improve in every which way possible. She continues to lesson and clinic with top level trainers and riders to keep herself, her horses, and of course her students sharp and at the top of their game.
Pictures are all Vantablack de Muze, 2011 BWP gelding. She imported him as a green broke coming 4 year old and has been developing him herself through the YJC levels. They are jumping tons of clean rounds gearing up towards 7 yr old finals this year with the Grand Prix ring following up quickly on the horizon.
Emma Callanan, age 16, Show Jumping Junior Competitor, representing the USA. Riding has been Emma’s passion and love since age 1. She started out competing in the Hunter world from ages 3-8. From 9 years of age to 12 years old Emma mostly competed in Hunters and Equitation. From 12 years old to present she has been competing in All Major Equitation classes. Emma continues to compete in Hunters as well, on sale horses and green horses. She is focusing mainly on Jumpers now. Great accomplishments are; During 2016- 2017 Emma qualified for all equitation finals, placing 11th, with a score of a 90 in the third round of the USET Talent Search Finals- East, 2017. Devon 2017- 2nd in the Pesoa Medal, 3rd in the Maclay and 4th in the USET.
Emma has had several young hunters from Europe, the most recent one being, “Nevers” an eight-year-old, that was champion in the 3’3 Junior Hunters at Wellington Equestrian Festival, 2018. For Jumpers, my career has been really thrilling. A partnership beginning in 2017, Q-Two and Emma, represented the US Children’s team at Langley, British Columbia, CSIO 5*Nations Cup. Along with winning the Childs Grand Prix, during Langley. Emma also, represented Zone 2 at NAJYRC, 2017 placing 4th as a team. Emma’s most recent accomplishment was being on the US Children’s team for Ocala CSIO 5* Nations Cup, 2018. Q-Two put in double clear rounds helping the team secure the first place. Also, Cocu, another partnership, put in double clear rounds in Ocala, helping his team since the third place. Emma has a promising career having already accomplished SOOO much! Welcome to TEAM Excel Emma. We look forward to watching you thrive in your sport!
Tara O’Grady is a competitor and professional event rider and trainer from Area 1, soon to relocate her business in an effort to bring Eventing to South Florida!
Tara has well over 30 years of experience, and a background in biomechanics of both horse and rider. Although she works with all breeds and disciplines, she has been working with OTTBs her entire life and is a huge proponent of the breed and aptly coined by her clients “the throughbred whisperer”! She coached her junior riders to the top 3 year end placings in Area 1 for the past three seasons in a row, while bringing along young ottbs in the sport at the same time.
Tara’s thoroughbreds are all grain free and she is so excited to be working with Excel Supplements to help all her horses thrive with the omegas they need to build muscle, maintain joints and reduce inflammation finally at an affordable cost!
Read more about Tara’s business here: An Equestrian Edge LLC
Alexis is originally from Deerfield, WI, and is now a dressage trainer based in Aiken, South Carolina. She has spent her life surrounded by horses, being raised riding at her parents breeding and training facility, Tenacious Acres. Throughout her riding career, Alexis has had hugely successful and educational clinics with Christoph Hess, Charlotte Bredahl, Stephen Hayes, Christine Traurig, and an extended training opportunity with 2016 Olympic Team Bronze medalist, Kasey Perry-Glass. In 2016, she moved to Aiken, SC to finish her schooling and launch her own dressage training business. Alexis is a graduate of the University of South Carolina-Aiken where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science and a minor in Business Management.
Since graduating in 2018, Alexis has continued to train and teach horses and riders of all levels, while pursuing steps to reach her own personal goals to compete at the highest levels of international dressage, representing her country against the best riders in the world. She is currently beginning her journey with a very exciting 4-year-old Hanoverian, Debüt, [Dancier (DeNiro) x Davignon (Donnerhall)], and has a 2-year-old Oldenburg mare, Quelle Fleur, [Fabregas (Florencio) x Quaterback (Quaterman)] growing up beautifully. These two are helping to make the future look very exciting!
Lauren grew up in Rochester, New York and began riding at nine years old. Throughout her childhood and teenage years Lauren worked with and rode Thoroughbreds off the track and worked as a groom. In 2015 Lauren graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.A. in Equestrian Studies and a minor in business management. While at school, Lauren was an avid competitor on the SCAD IHSA team. In her time on the team Lauren placed third at the 2013 IHSA Nationals and was on the 2015 ANRC Champion team.
After graduating Lauren joined Bonham Stables in July of 2015 and has become an integral part of its daily operations. Lauren McGuire is the assistant trainer and professional rider. She actively competes, instructs and trains horses.
Current Horses: Charleton, Ekanga, Locomotion, Lorenzo, and Lycos.
Shannon Eckel, who originally hails from New Jersey, is a hunter/jumper trainer and rider based out of Aiken, South Carolina. After competing successfully in the Big Eq Finals for 3 years, including Top 30 at 2015 Maclay Finals and 7th place in the 2016 Zone 2 Maclay Regionals, Shannon opened up her own farm and business under the name of “Hat Trick Sporthorses.”
Shannon has a broad history and record of competing in the Big Eq, Hunters, and through the 1.35 jumpers at all major venues: including but not limited to, Old Salem, American Gold Cup, Lake Placid, WEF, Devon, Vermont, and many many more. After working and riding for some of the best names in the business; such as, Schuyler Riley, Frank Madden, Amanda Steege, Emil Spadone, Don Stewart, and Robert Beck, just to name a few, Shannon set her sights on working with younger and greener horses and building a training program to take riders to the top.
Jaimey Lancaster is a fourth generation horsewoman based in Red Bank, NJ where she trains and manages along side her mother at her family’s 500 acre 50 horse operation, Lancaster Equestrian.
Growing up on a farm in a horse-centric family has gifted Jaimey with a lifetime of hands on experience. With both parents having lifelong careers in the horse industry, she has had a strong sense of horsemanship instilled since a young age and has procured an extensive knowledge of many aspects of the trade.
Turning pro in 2013, Jaimey went on to become a USHJA Certified Instructor and has helped grow her family’s business from a simple boarding facility into a fully functioning show stable. She continues to coach and develop young riders into successful competitors and competes regularly in the Hunter and Jumper ring on both green and seasoned horses. Jaimey takes pride in developing horses as well as riders in a correct and effective manner.
Jaimey is a lover of the horse first and a firm believer in creating happy horses with top quality care at any level. Her horses’ feeding regime is mindful to exclude harmful GMO’s and careful to avoid “over supplementing” while still ensuring that the horses are receiving what they need. This is why Jaimey chooses ExcelEQ as a simple yet complete and effective addition to her program.
Ellie Celarek started taking riding lessons when she was five years old and shortly after, dedicated her life to the study and riding of the horse. She was active in her 4-H group competing and earning Grand Champion Working Hunter Over Fences at the Ohio state fair at age thirteen. Age thirteen was also when she began her teaching career in equitation. Then Ellie was a member of the USEA Area VIII Young Riders Program and from there went off to college to major in equine management.
While attending Midway College she also trained and studied in the United Kingdom at Bishop Burton College enrolled in the Bsc. (hons) Equine Science Program. Bishop Burton is known for producing excellent,well educated and capable riders, instructors, trainers, coaches and breeders. Fields of study included equine bio mechanics, the equestrian athlete, training and exercise, reproduction & stud management, veterinary science, therapy and rehabilitation, alternative therapies, and advances in equine science and technology. Bishop also included riding instruction, and the completion of her internship. Ellie was also given the opportunity to ride the instructors personal horses to further her training in eventing and dressage. Ellie rode in the Advanced Instructors (soon to be BHS instructors) classes and rode several advanced level eventing horses at Bishop as well as upper level show jumpers and dressage horses. Also while attending Midway College Ellie was a member of the Eventing Team, Dressage Team , IHSA Hunt, and IHSA Stock Seat teams riding in the open divisions winning numerous high point rider and high point team awards.
Classical Riding LLC was started four years by Ellie after completing her degree at Midway College; helping people in many disciplines attain their equestrian goals. Although she specializes in Dressage and Eventing, she competed in AERC endurance rides on an arabian stallion for a season and also rounded up a section for a polocrosse tournament. Currently Classical Riding LLC leases horses to students, and has begun a small breeding program to develop talented and good minded eventing horses for the eventing community and to personally chase those upper level goals.
Accomplished trainers and competitors Ellie has trained under
Dagmar Zimmerman-Classical Dressage
Dorothy Trapp Crowel-Eventing
Mary King – Eventing
Robin Walker – Eventing
Shelby Hume-Reining/Natural Horsemanship
Ann Paling-BHS (British Horse Society) examiner/instructor
Classical Riding’s mission is “Doing what’s right for you and your horse”.
FWF Princess Song Of Joy
10 year old registered Georgian Grande bred by Flying W Farms, Owned by Kevin Mckinney, ridden by Ellie Celarek from Oxford, Ohio.
2015 Horse Of The Year with the International Georgian Grande Registry for Eventing and Dressage.
2015 Flying W Farms Horse Of The Year Grand Champion.
2014 Fifth place finish at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships.
FWF Princess Song Of Joy also foxhunts first flight with Misty Morning Hounds Foxhunting Club in Gainesville, Florida and has many other placings and wins at USEA Events in Area VIII and Area III, boasting dressage scores as low as 18.3 in USEA sanctioned events.
Name: Rahul Desai
Occupation: Physician Assistant
Hometown: Greensboro, NC (by way of Gweru, Zimbabwe)
Club affiliation: Carolina
Years playing polocrosse: 17
What got you started in polocrosse?: As a young boy growing up in Zimbabwe, my best friends family was active in polocrosse, thereby exposing me to the game / sport.
Favorite or most memorable polocrosse moment: 1. The many weekend trips throughout Zimbabwe traveling to tournaments as a young boy, camping and making lasting memories with friends. 2, Winning the 2013 A grade nationals on our home field in Pinehurst, NC.
Greatest achievement in the sport: Helping coach and develop juniors starting from when they first started the sport to now consistently competing for international teams including world cup.
Goals: 1. Not only represent my country at the highest level, but to compete and help my country win at the highest level. 2. To be a positive influence and role model for everyone I interact with and to always put forth my very best effort, not only on the field, but in life in general.
Current horse(s): Keystone Specialist, Keystone Madalyn, Yahoo Paparazzi, Mopane, Tilly.
Accomplishments: 2007 USA Under 21 Tour vs Ireland, 2008 USA Adult Tour vs UK, 2011 USA World Cup Long List Member, 2013 A Division National Champions, 2015 USA Adult Tour vs Zambia – Head Coach, 2016 USA Adult Mens Test vs South Africa, 2017 USA Adult Open Quadrangular Tour vs South Africa and UK, Carolina Polocrosse Club Head Coach – several years running now.
Josiane moved to North Carolina in 2000 to start her life in the reining industry under the guidance of her father Francois. Her father knew she would have to learn all aspects of the business, in order to be a great horse trainer and a Ranch owner. Josiane began by getting involved with the breeding side of the business and within a year she was managing over 7 stallions and breeding over 200 mares on-site and using shipped semen. This opportunity helped her develop her ability to choose the right combination to match a mare and a stallion and produce well-balanced foals.
During that time, Josiane also bought, sold and showed Non-Pro horses. She always placed in the top 20 Non-Pro. She was also Reserve Champion at the NRHA Futurity, placed 3rd in the NRHA Derby, won the Florida Classic 2 years in a row and gained over $300 000 in her lifetime earnings.
Josiane resigned from her Non-Pro status and moved forward with her lifetime dream of becoming a top 20 Open rider. She concentrates on training Futurity prospects for Open and Non-Pro competitors and showing in all major NRHA events.
Some of Josiane’s accomplishments:
- Carolina Classic & ABI Futurity Champion Level 2, 3 and 4 both Futurities
- 2014 WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES – Josiane riding for the Canadian Team
- CAROLINE CLASSIC DERBY Champion Open Level 2
- FLORIDA CLASSIC DERBY Co-Champion Open Level 2, Reserve Co-Champion level 3
- NRHA Open Derby – 3rd Place
- Double Run Open Futurity – 3rd Place L2, L3, L4
- McGee Farm Open Derby – Champion Lv3 & Reserve Lv4
- Carolina Classic/ABI Futurity – Reserve Champion L2, L3, L4
- NRHA Futurity $75,000 Shootout – 10th place
Francois Gauthier is a respected reining trainer with over 40 years of experience training and showing reining horses and business management. His lifetime NRHA earnings exceed $675,000.00. Originally from Quebec, Canada, Francois relocated to North Carolina, where he owns and runs Sunny Pines Farm.
Francois Gauthier Titles & Achievements
- Multiple Congress Open Futurity Finalist finishes
- NRHA Futurity Open Futurity Finalist and Derby Open Finalist
- ABI and Carolina Classic Open Futurity and Derby Champion
- TNRHA Derby Champion
- 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games Silver Medalist in Germany
- 2005 Open Futurity 3rd Place
- 2003 Open Futurity Reserve Champion
- 2002 FEI World Equestrian Game Silver Medalist in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
- 1990 Congress Open Champion on Boggie Flashy Jac
- NRHA Limited Open Champion on Bran New Nic
JG Reining Horses is located at Sterling Ranch in TX, USA and is specialized in training, showing, promoting and selling reining horses. JG has won numerous titles in Europe and in the US and is a NRHA Professional.
Jonathan Gauthier, born 1981, has studied visual communications before he started training reining horses. With father, Francois Gauthier, a NRHA Professional, and mother Lyne Laforme, a world renown clinician and NRHA plus FEI judge Jonathan grew up in the world of reining. He started riding himself only at the age of 16 though and has made it his goal to become one of the best. He went to learn from the best and then started his own business in 2006 in Europe. After claiming numerous prestigious titles in Europe he and wife Janina, a native German, decided to move to the States where Jonathan could make the Open Finals and win Level 1 and 2 of the NRHA Futurity in his first year. Titles like NRHA Top 20 Professional, Derby finalist, Carolina Classic Derby Champion, ABI Futurity Champion and several more followed. Since December 2012 JG Reining Horses is working out of Rosanne Sternberg`s Sterlin Ranch in the heart of the industry in Texas.
Titles won by Jonathan Gauthier are:
- Americana Open Maturity Champion
- Austrian Open Futurity Champion
- NRHA Futurity Champion Open L1 and 2
- NRHA Futurity Finalist OpenL4
- Multiple NRHA Open Derby finalist
NRBC Open finalist
- Carolina Classic Derby Champion Open L3 and 4
- ABI Derby Champion Open L3 and L4
- Carolina Fall Classic Open Futurity Champion
- NRHA Top 20 Professional
- NRHA 2014 High Selling Two-Year-Old
- NRHA All-Time High Selling Mare
Carol Metcalf from Pilot Point, Texas, has been an NRHA Professional since 2005 with NRHA Lifetime Earnings of nearly $200,000. In 2004, Metcalf was the Intermediate and Limited Open Champion at the NRHA Futurity. She also has won innumerable World Championships with various breed associations and equine disciplines. Along with being the 2013 NRHA Horsewoman of the year Metcalf was also the 1996 AQHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year.
At her ranch in Pilot Point, Texas, Metcalf and her husband, Steve, and her son, Carter, have made horses their lifestyle. And it’s paying off handsomely. Their business is called, not surprisingly, “Metcalf Quarter Horses.”
To excel to Mecalf’s level in an organization with 318,000 members is no small feat in itself. Here’s but a sampling of top-of-her-game wins in AQHA-sanctioned events:
1991 Reserve World Champion, Junior Western Pleasure
1992 World Champion, Senior Western Riding
1993 Reserve World Champion in Senior Reining
1997 World Champion, Two-year-old Western Pleasure
1998 First, Junior Western Riding at the Congress World Champion, Junior Western Riding
1999 First, Second, Junior Western Riding at the Congress
As a child, Pedro grew up riding horses on his grandparents farm in Brazil. When Pedro grew into a young teenager, he asked his father for a show horse; but his father’s dream was for him to be a soccer player (which he did in the professional base category of a team in Brazil). During that time, Pedro attended a reining clinic with Franco Bertolani which inspired his passion for reining. At the age of 15, recovering from a broken ankle from soccer, Pedro made the decision to do an internship with Franco and spent a year with him. By age 16, he came to the United States to do another internship for a year with trainer, Doug Milholand. Pedro now lives in Scottsdale, AZ with his wife Ana, son Benjamin, and daughter Mya.
Pedro looks at the 2018 NRBC as his personal most important show to date, that year he tied the L4 Reserve Champion with Andrea Fappani and Epic Titan and won the L3. He says it was quite an experience, hard to describe, and this year he finished ninth in the NRHA ranking! Amongst many other accomplishments, Pedro won the NRHA Futurity L1 and L2 Champion in 2012 and L2 Champion in 2016, one the biggest reining competitions in the world!
“In my life, I usually say that many horses are important; those who don’t accomplish the desired performance teach us how to improve. On the other hand, the ones that we get better results on reinforce that we are on the right path! I don’t know if I would be able to do something else in life if I didn’t ride and show horses, my plan is to always be in search of knowledge!”
Martin is an established NRHA Professional Trainer located in Wilton, California. For the past two decades, he has competed at both the local and national level. His clients range from green reiner through non-pro and he offers coaching across all of these levels.
You can find more information on Padilla Performance Horses at @padillaperformancehorses on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. www.padillaperformancehorses.com.
NRHA Professional Sam Schaffhauser operates his own business out of Eads, Tennessee. An NRHA Half Million Rider, Sam has been a multiple finalist in every NRHA major event, an NRHA L2 Open Futurity Reserve Champion, NRHA L3 Open Derby Reserve Champion, NRBC L3 Open Derby Reserve Champion, and Congress L2 Open Futurity Champion and Reserve. He has coached Futurity and Derby champions, as well as NRHA world title contenders and successful NAAC competitors. Sam focuses his efforts on developing aged event horses to their highest potential, assisting in client investments, and coaching dedicated non pros, actively working day in and day out toward becoming an NRHA Million Dollar rider.
Nate is Located in Mineral Wells, Texas where he specializes putting foundations on all breeds and discipline. He has shown in reining, cutting & pleasure. But his greatest gift is taking wild horses & making them show quality in a short time frame.
Nate’s record includes:
4x Extreme MustangMakoverChampion
4x reserve Champion•
2020 & 2021 EquineAffairFantasia entertaining act
And a 2020&2021 Celebrity Magic Freestyle Performer.
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