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Greatmats 6th Annual National Horse Trainer of the Year Contest

By Created: June, 2017 - Modified: December, 2023

Congratulations to Bill Brown for being named the Greatmats 2020 National Horse Trainer of the Year!
Bill Brown

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 before Oct. 26, 2020 or fill out the online nomination form. 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 Nov. 2-16, 2020 for the Sixth Annual National Horse Trainer of the Year Award. The two horse trainers with the most votes will be named grand prize finalists.
  2. Greatmats will interview the two finalists to determine the winner


Grand Prize:
  1. $250 in Greatmats Products for the Facility
  2. National Dance Instructor of the Year Certificate
  1. Runner Up: $150 in Greatmats Products
  2. Third Prize: $100 in Greatmats Products
  3. 4th-10th Place: $50 Greatmats Coupon toward purchases of $200 or more
    1. 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.

      Greatmats National Horse Trainer of the Year History

      Nearly 25,000 votes have been cast in the first 5 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.

      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

      All media submissions, including text, photos and videos become property of Greatmats. Greatmats reserves the right to revoke titles of those determined not to represent the virtues honored by this award.

      Past Greatmats National Horse Trainers of the Year

      Past National Horse Trainer of the Year Nominees


      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)


      Bill Cameron - Bill Cameron International Horsemanship - Mojave (2019)
      Ashley Salter - iRide4U - Santa Ynez (2017)


      Karen Stone - Stone Ranch - Littleton (2019)
      Nicki Wilcox - Nicki Wilcox Show Jumping - Parker (2019)
      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)


      Alyssa Gagnon - ABF Equine - Coventry (2019)
      Stacey Pierce - Jumpers Academy - Mystic (2016)


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


      Sandra Williamson - Rackettown Mustangs - Toombs County (2018)


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


      Jessica Moctezuma - Moctezuma Stables - Woodstock (2016)


      Cody Keller - Keller Horse Training - Seymour (2016)


      Farold Russett - Russett Quarter Horses - Kinsley (2016)


      Khari Pearson - Nydin Farms Equine Rehabilitation Center - Georgetown (2019)
      PJ O'Connell - Cowboy Way Ranch - Elizabethtown (2019)
      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)


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


      Bill Thomas - Bill Thomas Performance Horses - Saginaw (2018)
      Bill Brown - Chase Lake Equine Center - Fowlerville (2017, 2019)


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


      Heather and Sterling Slemp - Slemp Performance Horses - Eugene (2019)

      New Jersey

      Pete Corby - Overview Equestrian Center - Belvidere (2018)

      New Mexico

      Kendra Loring - Enchanted Equine Adventures - Albuquerque (2018)

      New York

      Wick Hotchkiss - Stony Hill Stables - Amagansett - (2019)

      North Carolina

      Victoria Shaw - Astoria Equestrian Center - Boonville (2019)
      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)


      Kaity Colliver - Walnut Hill Stables - Marengo (2019)
      Lisa Moad - Seven Oaks Farm - Hamilton (2018)


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


      Lauren Nelson - Straight On Till Morning Farm - Little Marsh (2019)

      South Carolina

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


      Chrystal Crispin - Crispin Unlimited - Jonesborough (2017)


      Lorrie Grover - Lorrie Grover Horsemanship - Corpus Christi (2019)
      John M. Joyner, Jr. - Joyner Arabians - Canutillo (2018)
      Jeremy Dull - Jeremy Dull Horsemanship - Hempstead (2017)


      Claire Silver - Up North Stables - Derby (2018)


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


      Karen Yuckert - Yuckert Ranch - Ellensburg (2019)
      Heather Flores - Desert Lane Performance Horses - Pasco (2019)
      Heidi Bach - Genuine J - Kennewick (2016)


      Mike Hansen - Mike Hansen Performance Horses - Ladysmith (2019)
      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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