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Greatmats 3rd Annual National Horse Trainer of the Year Contest

Accepting Nominations for 2017 National Horse Trainer of the Year

Nominations open Oct. 1, 2017 for Third Annual Contest
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 3rd 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 Nov. 1, 2017. 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 on Greatmats' Facebook Page from Nov. 16 through Nov. 30, 2017. 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:
A. Demonstration of Service
B. Demonstration of Integrity
C. 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 on Dec. 15, 2017.
3. National Horse Trainer of the Year Certificate

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 has earned an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and 9.5 TrustPilot rating. 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.

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This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.

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

Read about 2016 winner Jessica Montezuma and runner up Cody Keller!!!

More than 1,400 votes were cast in the second year 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 Greatmats Facebook page during the voting period to vote for this year's National Horse Trainer of the Year. Find the photo gallery ballot associated with the National Horse Trainer of the Year Contest and click like on the photo of the Horse Trainer you'd like to win. Each ''like'' counts as one vote. Only likes to the original post count as votes. Feel free to share a photo or the gallery ballot with friends and family and encourage them to vote, but remind them to like the original post to make sure their votes count. The two horse trainers with the most ''like'' 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.

2017 Nominations Received
(If you have submitted a nomination and do not see it listed here, please contact us for confirmation.)


Ashley Salter - iRide4U - Santa Ynez


Justin Dunn - Justin Dunn Horsemanship - Guffey


Sharlyn Fellenz - Mytalisha's Dream Riding Center, LLC - Eau Claire

Bryanna Larson - Pony Tales Refuge and Rehab - Colfax


2016 Nominees

Austin VanWyck
Victory Lane Training Center, Phoenix, Arizona

Gena Loper
Duns N Roses Ranch/Post Falls Equestrian Center, Post Falls, Idaho

Cody Keller
Keller Horse Training, Seymour, Iowa

Jessica Moctezuma
Moctezuma Stables, Woodstock, Illinois

Heidi Bach
Genuine J, Kennewick, Washington

Stacey Pierce
Jumpers Academy, Mystic, Connecticut

Clarence Crumpton
Crumpton Horsemanship, Thornburg, Virginia

Farold Russett
Russett Quarter Horses, Kinsley, Kansas


Learn more about Greatmats National Award Series.

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