January 2017 - Flying Changes
Written by CRM
Friday, 30 December 2016 00:54

John French Moves to Central Coast

A four-time winner of the World Champion Hunter Rider title, John French has amended his mission for Waldenbrook Farm. Now working out of Templeton Farms in Templeton, near Paso Robles, French is accepting a select group of sale horses as well as horses in training. He will also maintain an active show schedule, continue to catch ride and coach for clients at competitions as well as give clinics by request.

Focusing on horse development was a natural step for French, as he noted, “What I really like to do is ride, and bring a horse to its full potential.”

Bringing his own special magic to Templeton Farms with this move, French and Waldenbrook Farm have now transitioned from a full-service show barn to buying and selling, training and competing a select group of horses at home and on the road.

Templeton Farms, a state-of-the-art facility that opened in August of 2011, features a picturesque 24-stall center aisle barn, 130’ x 235’ hunter/jumper Ring, a 35,000 square foot covered arena, a covered walker, irrigated grass day pastures, a mile-long perimeter trail and much more.

Located along the Salinas aquifer, it boasts beautiful topography, and enough water to keep the pastures green. And, says French, “It’s only 15 minutes from my house.”

As always, horse shows will be a priority for French, with the show schedule tailored to the development and benefit of top-notch hunters. In order to have a group of talented horses for sale as part of the overall program, French will travel from coast to coast, as well as in Europe, to compete and to find prospects to sell.

For more information, visit www.waldenbrookfarm.com.

Fairview Farms Opens Second Location in North San Diego County

Busy hunter/jumper trainer Erin Rorabaugh is growing her business with the recent purchase of the former Foxwood Equestrian facility in San Diego’s horsey North County.

Located in Vista at 1646 Old Gopher Canyon, top grand prix rider Bjorn Ikast is basing his successful businesses at the beautiful facility with jumping arena, eurociser, Spanish style barn and more.

Erin’s Fairview Farms in Moorpark has expanded its riding school program with Karen Curtis at the helm at the facility at 2182 Tierra Rejada Rd.

Both facilities are excepting new clients and consignment horses. Erin also owns Fairview Transport and provides hauling services in addition to her hunter/jumper training.

For details about the two facilities and all the amenities, visit www.FairviewFarmsInc.net or call Erin 818-519-8121.

Matt Williams Joins Charlebois Farm

Australian Olympian Matt Williams joins John Charlebois’ hunter/jumper training program at the Portola Valley Training Center in the Bay Area. Based on the East Coast for the last few years, Matt represented his native country at the Rio and London Olympics. While continuing his international jumping career, he’ll also help out with the hunters and students of Charlebois.

For more information, visit Charlebois Farm on Facebook.

Pat Hunt Joins Equal-i-zer Hitch

Provo, UT-based Equal-i-zer® Hitch welcomes Pat Hunt to the RV sales team. Pat is working with RV dealers in the west and northeast regions.

“I’m excited to have Pat as part of our team here at Equal-i-zer Hitch,” says Rich Elliott, VP of Sales and Marketing. “Pat has 20 years of experience in the RV industry and will be an incredible asset to our company and brand.”

“The Equal-i-zer Hitch has always been my favorite hitch,” says Hunt. “It’s the only hitch I had on display in my stores, it’s the only hitch I would sell to our customers. It was never hard to sell the Equal-i-zer Hitch, because it’s the obvious option. The hitch is made in America and backed by a great company! I never had to worry about customers coming back to me upset about their purchase. I fully believe in the product.”

For more information, visit www.equilizerhitch.com.

New President for Parelli Foundation BOD

Kerul Kassel has been named the new president of the Parelli Foundation Board of Directors, replacing Lori Northrup, who led the board for the past five and a half years.

“It is an honor to step into this role,” said Kassel. “Lori has set the bar very high and provided incredible leadership, unwavering vision, peerless acumen and profound dedication that helped this foundation grow into the successful organization that it is today. We can’t thank her enough for all that she has done and accomplished. I look forward to continuing to expand the Foundation’s mission of creating a better world for horses and humans.”

Based at the Parelli headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ, the Foundation is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for the natural horsemanship community that focuses on education for youth horsemanship, therapeutic horsemanship, horse welfare and scholarships for the talented and for career minded individuals. It follows the principles of Parelli Natural Horsemanship (PNH) but operates independently of PNH.

For more information, visit www.ParelliFoundation.org.

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