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  • Casey Surface and Carousel Farm

    Bluefield, West Virginia, a small town nestled in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, is home to Carousel Farm. A training facility for American Saddlebreds and Hackney ponies, Sherri Surface and her son Casey Surface offer everything from riding lessons for the beginner, to show experiences for the accomplished... Read More
  • Integrity, Hard Work & Patience: Key ingredients for Bruwer’s success

    Most horse enthusiasts will agree, the mere thought of any Saddlebred trainer making it in Kentucky, regardless of how big his dream may be, is a long shot scenario marked by challenges and stiff competition in more ways than one. Add to that scenario the young and aspiring “dreamer” is literally from another country and starting out from total scratch, the odds become even slimmer... Read More
  • Suit Up: Hallie Blaine

    Celebrating the Journey from Academy to a Suit with Hallie Blaine! Read More
  • A tale of two horse lovers: Meet Autumn Hills

    A love story that begins with two young souls, from many miles apart, developed and deepened when fate brought Tiffany and Steve Wheeler together by way of the Bluegrass State — thanks to a shared desire to pursue their passions centered around the American Saddlebred.   Read More
  • Reminiscing with Martin Cockriel

    The view from Martin Cockriel’s front porch and from the barn as well is absolutely spectacular. You can see the snowcapped Rocky Mountains all the way from Longs Peak in Estes Park to Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs. A person could sit there for hours and just enjoy looking at those mountains. But not if you are Martin Cockriel. He’s much too busy... Read More
  • Prized Partnership Sets Eyes on Santa Barbara

    Lance Bennett and Scott Hickey have a unique management style that makes them the perfect choice for leading the efforts of some of the country’s most prized equestrian events spanning several breeds. This year — just in time for its 100th birthday — the Santa Barbara National is one of the very lucky events to fall under the expert guidance of this one-of-a-kind power house pair of managers. Read More
  • Great Things Ahead for Southern Legacy Stables

    Only a few years have gone by since Caitlin and Chris Jarriel opened Southern LegacyStables in Allenhurst, Georgia, and they have already experienced a magnitude of success.Caitlin grew up with horses and operating as how stable has always been one of her dreams. Although Chris did not grow up with horses, his interest was perked after meeting Caitlin. Together, these two have built an incredible operation in just a short time. Read More
  • Wentz Stables: Passing the Reins through Generations

    Diane Wentz has experienced all of the many facets of the Saddlebred industry. She has witnessed her husband train champions, cheered wildly as her children rode down victory lane, and been at the helm of all organizational tasks associated with being a stables’ office manager. However, nothing brings her greater pleasure than the way that the breed has touched her entire family. Read More
  • Tricia Waclena: Promoting the Morgan Horse in Georgia

    Tricia Waclena moved south to Georgia for warmer weather but was soon tasked with helping the state to “warm up” to the idea of Morgan horses. She made the decision to uproot her life and travel to a location free from the dreary winters that continuously plagued her then life in the Northeast. This move led her to the land of the peaches, choosing Canton,GA. Read More
  • New Beginnings for Mike and Amanda Aponte at Simmons Stables

    The original barn of Simmons Stables was built in 1887 in Mexico, Missouri, with the reputation as “America’s No. 1 sales barn,” for American Saddlebreds at the time. Art Simmons brought life to the training operation, putting one world’s champion into the ring after another. The stable is the oldest known building in the United States that was continuously devoted to boarding and training American Saddlebred horses. Read More