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Greatmats 5th Annual National Horse Trainer of the Year Contest

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Greatmats 5th Annual National Horse Trainer of the Year Contest


Accepting nominations for 2019 National Horse Trainer of the Year


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 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 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
2018 National Horse Trainer of the Year Tammy Smith

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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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