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.
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.
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 top European professionals and competitors.
Peter boasts numerous wins in Grand Prix events throughout Italy, Chile, Austria and the United States, along with top finishes in World Cup competition. Peter, who also holds a Masters in Business Administration (from Institute of Management, Salzburg, Austria) 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)
- Sportheste Inc. (California)
- Markus and Beat Maendli (Switzerland)
- Willi Melliger (Switzerland)
At the age of 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 worked 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.
Currently, Peter is focused on competing and growing Petschenig Show Jumping a Hunter/Jumper facility in Pilot Point, Texas with his partner and fiancé’, Nathalie Cooper. Peter is a regular at all the major show jumping events throughout the southwest and west coast, including HITS, and has an impressive number of Grand Prix wins to his credit.
At age three, Nathalie Cooper began her lifelong adventure in riding under the guidance of her grandfather, USEF Hall of Fame Inductee, Morton “Cappy” Smith. Her family has built a legacy in the riding community through competitions, running a barn and training others to ride. Horsemanship and the art of riding has always been a family tradition for Nathalie. This love of family, riding and horses has cultivated a genuine passion in Nathalie to help others gain a similar one-of-a-kind experience.
Nathalie is a tremendously successful rider, having won multiple awards for her riding and horsemanship since early childhood. Nathalie graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2007, where she won individual National titles in Open Fences and Flat competing on their IHSA team.
Nathalie first started to excel in her leadership skills while captaining the Mount Holyoke Equestrian Team to National Titles. After graduating college Nathalie moved to California in 2007 where she started Acorn Farm and continued developing her strong riding ability winning several west coast medal finals, in addition to successfully competing with new mounts in the upper-level jumpers, placing in several Grand Prix’s, in addition to winning her first Grand Prix in 2015.
As a training and coaching facility, Acorn farm produced top-level Equitation, Hunter and Jumper horses and riders. At Acorn Farms, Nathalie successfully brought students from the lower levels up to qualifying for numerous medal finals including the Maclay Regionals, CPHA, PCHA, along with many other West Coast finals, as well as Jumper Champions and Hunter Derbies.
Now Nathalie is focusing on building the equitation and coaching program at Petschenig Show Jumping, a facility she co-owns with her partner and fiancé, Peter Petschenig. As a coach and mentor, Nathalie allows her student’s true talent and abilities to shine through in every lesson and show experience. She understands that this success can only be realized through a family-like bond between horse, rider and trainer.