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Johnson Named Arboria Morgans Trainer

Posted February 5, 2002
Dale Farabee owner of Arboria Morgans, Inc. has announced the appointment of Tom Johnson as trainer of the Port St. Lucie, Florida farm. Johnson joined Arboria as assistant trainer upon its move to Florida from Nebraska following the 1999 show season. Arboria eagerly anticipates the results of Johnson's hard work, talent and total commitment to the wonderful Morgan horse breed.

Tom Johnson's hometown is Stanford, Kentucky where his mother, dad and brother still live. He graduated from the University Of Kentucky with a degree in chemistry. Johnson began riding as a youngster under the direction of Dick Gray and continued instruction with Dick Boettcher upon Gray's death.

As a teen and following college Johnson worked as an assistant to Sam Brannon, where he developed his fondness for Hackney ponies. He then worked as an assistant trainer for Jim B. Robertson and later as assistant trainer and riding instructor for Jimmy Robertson at the renown Rock Creek Riding Club in Louisville. His love and skill with the ponies led to him being hired as assistant trainer to the legendary pony trainer, Bill Robinson at the famous Cismont Manor. In recent years Johnson had been co-trainer at the historic Cotton Hill Farm in Illinois prior to joining Arboria.

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