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Greatmats 5th Annual National Horse Trainer of the Year Contest

Accepting nominations for 2019 National Horse Trainer of the Year


Congratulations to Tammy Smith of Fox Mask Basic Horsemanship of Chandler, Arizona for being named the 2018 Greatmats National Horse Trainer of the Year. Read about Tammy and fellow National Horse Trainer of the Year Finalist John Joyner Jr.

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Want to honor a horse trainer for his/her outstanding achievements, unique style, humanitarian or animal rights efforts, etc.? Then nominate him/her for the Annual National Horse Trainer of the Year Award, sponsored by Greatmats. The award, part of Greatmats National Award Series, is designed to recognize Horse Trainers who have made a difference in the lives of their clients, animals and community through the virtues of service, integrity and quality.

Learn more about Greatmats National Award Series.

How to Nominate

To nominate the trainer for this award, email the following information to brett@greatmats.com before Nov. 1, 2019. Nominators will not be identified.
  1. Trainer's Name
  2. Name and location of the training facility (Must be located in the USA)
  3. A brief description of why you are nominating this trainer, including how he/she meets the criteria of high-level service, integrity and quality
  4. A photo and/or video of the trainer



How the winner is chosen:

  1. Voting will take place in Nov. 2019 for the Fifth Annual National Horse Trainer of the Year Award. The two horse trainers with the most votes will be named finalists.
  2. Greatmats will judge the two finalists to determine the winner based on:
  3. Demonstration of Service
  4. Demonstration of Integrity
  5. Demonstration of Quality

Grand Prize

  1. $250 in Greatmats Products (or $150 Cash Option) for the training facility
  2. Trainer/training facility profile to be released with the announcement of the winner in December 2019.
  3. National Horse Trainer of the Year Certificate

More than 10,600 votes have been cast in the first 4 years of the contest, which is part of Greatmats' Annual National Award Series. The Greatmats National Award Series is designed to recognize instructors, trainers and coaches, who have made a positive impact in their communities and the lives of their students/clients.

Voting Instructions:


Visit the contest page during the voting period to vote for the National Horse Trainer of the Year. Click the vote button next to the photo of the Horse Trainer you'd like to win. Feel free to share the ballot with friends and family and encourage them to vote. The two horse trainers with the most votes will be named finalists. From that point, Greatmats will choose the winner (scroll down to see prizes) based on demonstration of service, integrity and quality.

Greatmats is a national horse stall, stable and trailer flooring leader based in Milltown, Wisconsin, since 1999. Identified as one of the top 3,000 fastest growing companies in the USA three times since 2008, Greatmats gives back to its local community by donating 5% of its annual profits to local non-profit organizations. It also supports green initiatives through the use of solar energy at its Wisconsin headquarters and by offering a large variety of products made from recycled and renewable resources.

View all of Greatmats' horse stall mats at http://www.greatmats.com/horse-stall-mats.php.

All media submissions, including text, photos and videos become property of Greatmats.

Read about past winners of the award:
2016 National Horse Trainer of the Year Jessica Montezuma
2017 National Horse Trainer of the Year Kelly Murphy-Alley

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Past Greatmats National Horse Trainer of the Year Nominees



Arizona


Tammy Smith - Fox Mask Basic Horsemanship - Chandler (2018)
Chelsie Kallestad - Chelsie Natural Horsemanship - Holbrook (2018)
Austin VanWyck - Victory Lane Training Center - Phoenix (2016)
Andrea Fappani - Fappani Performance Horses - Scottsdale (2015)

California


Ashley Salter - iRide4U - Santa Ynez (2017)

Colorado


Tina Wright - Diamond in the Rough Horsemanship and Training - Fort Lupton (2018)
Ben Grogan - Drifter's Hearts of Hope - Franktown (2018)
Justin Dunn - Justin Dunn Horsemanship - Guffey (2017)
Frances Carbonnel - Mariah Farms - Castle Rock (2017)
Andrea Datz - Integrative Horsemanship - Fruita (2015)

Connecticut


Stacey Pierce - Jumpers Academy - Mystic (2016)

Florida


Tom Johnson - Costa Nova Farm - Pierson (2018)
Lacey Salvatore - Haven Horse Ranch - Saint Augustine (2018)

Georgia


Sandra Williamson - Rackettown Mustangs - Toombs County (2018)

Idaho


Gena Loper - Duns N Roses Ranch/Post Falls Equestrian Center - Post Falls (2016)

Illinois


Jessica Moctezuma - Moctezuma Stables - Woodstock (2016)

Iowa


Cody Keller - Keller Horse Training - Seymour (2016)

Kansas


Farold Russett - Russett Quarter Horses - Kinsley, Kansas (2016)

Kentucky


Kelly Murphy-Alley - Striking KMA Performance Horses - Wilmore (2017)
Beth Harris - Walnut Way Farm - Simpsonville (2017)
Maria Borell - Borell Racing, Beacon Hill Farm - Lexington (2015)

Louisiana


Rachel Bertrand - Bertrand Training Stables - Crowley (2018)
Susan Morris - 333 Ranch - Pride (2018)

Michigan


Bill Thomas - Bill Thomas Performance Horses - Saginaw (2018)
Bill Brown - Chase Lake Equine Center - Fowlerville (2017)

Minnesota


Terry Nowacki - American Equine Scenting Association - Argyle (2018)

New Jersey


Pete Corby - Overview Equestrian Center - Belvidere (2018)

New Mexico


Kendra Loring - Enchanted Equine Adventures - Albuquerque (2018)

North Carolina


Carley Wheelis - CW Horsemanship - Hillsborough (2018)
Mandy Helton - Helton's Horsemanship - McDowell (2018)
Kelly Woodlief - Woodlief Show Horses - Ruffin (2017)

North Dakota


Rylan Sundsbak - Sundsbak Performance Horses - Hazen (2018)

Ohio


Lisa Moad - Seven Oaks Farm - Hamilton (2018)

Oregon


Jan Lindsay - Diamond Bar Z - Coos Bay (2018)

South Carolina


TR Potts - Potts Performance Horses - Fountain Inn (2017)

Tennessee


Chrystal Crispin - Crispin Unlimited - Jonesborough (2017)

Texas


John M. Joyner, Jr. - Joyner Arabians - Canutillo (2018)
Jeremy Dull - Jeremy Dull Horsemanship - Hempstead (2017)

Vermont


Claire Silver - Up North Stables - Derby (2018)

Virginia


Clarence Crumpton - Crumpton Horsemanship - Thornburg, Virginia (2016)

Washington


Heidi Bach - Genuine J - Kennewick (2016)

Wisconsin


Sharlyn Fellenz - Mytalisha's Dream Riding Center, LLC - Eau Claire (2017)
Jessie Baillargeon - Victory Farms - Amery (2015)
Sid Zacharias - Rockin Z Ranch - Spooner (2015)
Bryanna Larson - Pony Tales Refuge and Rehab - Colfax (2017)

West Virginia


Mike Hurst - Mike Hurst Horsemanship - Philippi (2017)



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