A true blue American cowboy with a boyish enthusiasm for life and strong family values, Ken McNabb grew up in a traditional ranching family in the mountains of Wyoming . This modern day Roy Rogers knew from a young age that he wanted to help others. As a boy he was unsure of how he would achieve this, but it became crystal clear when he was 16 years old. Sitting in the audience at a horsemanship clinic, he knew within the first fifteen minutes that horsemanship and teaching was his calling.
Josh was born and raised in Mora, Minnesota
were he grew up showing in speed and roping events. It wasn’t until Josh's Junior year while attending the University of River Falls Wisconsin that he was introduced to the sport of reining by Larry Kasten. Upon graduating from college in 2000 Josh married his high school sweet heart Carri. Together they moved to Oklahoma where Josh had the opportunity to work for Bob Loomis under the instruction of Duane Latimer. In the 5 years Josh worked for Loomis he acquired the foundation for a successful open training and showing program.
Mark lives in Ocala, raising and training horses for 35 years, and is 57 years old and competing in the open not senior divisions in CMSA, Mark has a personal goal to earn a level 6 in open before moving to the senior ranks. Father of two, and grandfather of one Mark, started mounted shooting in 2011 with SASS, earning the Florida. state championship for men's level one and two for 2011. He began shooting with the Florida peacemakers in the CMSA organization in 2012, winning the Florida state championships in men's level 3 and limited rifle. In 2013 Mark won the National championship in limited Calvary and Florida state championship in limited rifle and men's level 4. Mark has just retired his horse, "Hotrod", a 17 year old gelding and going on in the 2014 season with "Cayenne Pepper" a 6 year old sorrel quarter horse mare.
Todd began working for his father, Jake Pletcher, as a hot walker at the age of 7 at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico. Todd graduated from college with a Bachelor of Animal Science in May, 1989. Todd traveled to New York to begin working for D. Wayne Lukas as a foreman immediately upon graduating from college. In 1991, Todd was promoted to assistant trainer for D. Wayne Lukas, splitting his time between New York and Florida.
Todd was Lukas' East Coast assistant until the end of 1995, in which time he was instrumental in the development of such horses as Thunder Gulch, Harlan, Serena's Song, A Wild Ride and Flanders. Todd took out his trainer's license in December of 1995 and saddled his first winner, Majestic Number, in February of 1996.
At the age of 5 Iris discovered her love to horses, by 11 years of age she finally acquired her first own Quarter Horse. Her ambitions grew worked hard on her skills, training and learning as much as possible. At the age of 16 Iris began her competitive career where showed her horses mostly in Italy in Youth and Limited Non-pro classes.
At the age of 19 Iris began an 2 year long apprenticeship-journey to the United States where she learned from several great trainers including Darren Stancik, Dean Latimer, Scott McCutcheon, Brent Loeske and Craig Johnson.
Back in Europe Iris worked for Karin & Ruggero Prevedel in Italy. After that she started her own training facility in Austria, the original home of Rosevalley Performance Horses...
To expand her skills in the all-around division, Iris attended clinics and returned to the United States yearly to work with trainers including Doug & Stacy Huls (Hunter, Trail, Pleasure, Pleasure Driving, Horsemanship, Showmanship, Western Riding) and Charlie Cole.
Peter has won numerous Grand Prix events in Italy, Chile, Austria and California along with top finishes in World Cup competition. Peter, who also holds a Masters in Business Administration, has ridden and trained for an impressive list of top owners/sponsors around the world including Sportpferde Puchner (Austria), Haras Siracusa Osorno (Chile and Austria), and Sportheste Inc. (California). Peter will focus on building a successful Hunter/Jumper barn and will soon be a regular at all the major events starting with HITS Thermal.
Peter began his riding career at 8 years of age and started winning his first ribbons in the m 1.30 by the age of 13, training with Bernhard Maier.
At 19 Peter went out to work for Hank Melse at his prestigious show jumping barn in the Netherlands. Later Peter trained with and worked for the great Swiss riders Beat & Markus Maendli, in addition to Willi Melliger in Switzerland
Following his time in Switzerland, Peter went to work for a private barn Sportheste Inc. in Woodside, CA which was followed by a term in Chile to ride for Haras Siracusa where he showed throughout Chile and Europe. Later Peter returned to Europe and worked for Sportpferde Puchner in Linz/Austria.
When needed, Peter still asks the best for advice......Peter's mentors include Hugo Simon and Thomas Frühmann, 2 of the top European riders.
Jayde and Jerrad Dittmer
Jerrad Dittmer is 16 years old and lives in Weatherford, TX. He trains horses with his twin brother Jayde and his father, Travis Dittmer. Jerrad has been training and showing mustangs in the Mustang Makeovers for three years and has made through to the finals every year. Jerrad is thankfull for his dad, Travis for helping him and teaching him true horsemanship skills. When Jerrad gets older, he hopes to still be training and showing mustang horses.
Jayde Dittmer is 16 years old. Jayde is enrolled in FFA and he is also on the horse judging team at Millsap High School in Millsap, TX. Jayde and his twin brother Jerrad, train Mustangs with their dad, Travis Dittmer. Jayde has been working with mustangs for three years. Jayde has made the top ten every year. Jayde is thankful for his dad teaching him how to train and show horses.