Passion | Experience | Diligence
We, Justin Watkins and Joshua Carr, met while doing...well what we love, showing horses. Justin's focus has been showing primarily western events such as trail, western pleasure, and western riding and Joshua's experience has been showing hunters on the A circuit, and later hunt seat in AQHA. Each of us bringing a unique history of horses to the team. Using our unique expertise we would like to help you and your horse grow and achieve your goals.
From showing horses as a youth in the early 2000's to beginning my professional career in 2012, I've been training horses and clients at all skill levels for nearly 15 years. Some of my success includes world champions and reserve world champions at both Pinto and Paint world shows, along with my clients leading the honor rolls in different events. Raising and showing horses is my life's passion and work; it is what drives my tenacity for excellence in the show pen!
Farms and horses have been a big part of my family for three generations. My career with horses began at the young age of four-years old! Beginning with hunters, as that's what my mom showed, and later moving to quarters. As a hunter I showed on the A circuit with success until 2003. From there I made the transition to quarters, and began my training in North Carolina where I finished out my youth years. Following my youth years I took time to follow my academic passions, and completed both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in both psychology and business. After finishing up my academic career I decided horse training was where my heart was. In 2013 I began training professionally with success at quarter world and other quarter shows. Then in 2015 I started showing paints, met Justin, and well, the rest is history!
M.A. Professional Counseling
Christopher Newport University
B.A. Psychology | Business Administration
Kate Turner, Assistant Trainer
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I am a teacher at heart, and actually, come from a long line of school teachers. I love sharing insights about riding, and helping students develop to the best of their abilities. One of the best things about teaching riding is seeing a student have a moment of understanding that takes them to the next level.
I started riding at the age of 9 and became a working student shortly thereafter. Growing up riding hunt seat in the west end of Richmond I spent several years riding fox hunters, and occasionally showing them for the owners. Working several summers as the head riding instructor for Saint Catherine’s School in Richmond for their Cats Camp at SwiftCreek stables. Where we competed successfully against some of the top schools on the East coast.
I worked with a very talented western trainer training 4H children in horsemanship, hunters, and trail. Many of my students competed successfully at the State level, and I too was competing successfully in hunters and trail classes.
I have a son who loves riding almost as much as I do and he competed in the hunter ring and loves jumpers. His love of history lead to reenacting and I learned how to gun break our previous show and trail horses for their new hobby. Needless to say I am a family mom who enjoys fostering the knowledge of horses and riding in my students.