From a very young age what started as a hobby quickly turned into a passion and a lifestyle.
By the age of 15 I had numerous victories in national competitions and represented the Colombian national team in the children’s division three consecutive years during South American Championships and International Invitational Champions in Brasil, Venezuela, Peru, Panama and Ecuador.
By the age of 18 I had six years of experience learning from Pan American and Olympic riders and I decided to start my professional journey in the sport while assisting college for business administration. I Represented Colombia in 2 more South American Championships in the junior division and became head trainer at La Lomita Equestrian Center in Bogota - Colombia.
In 2003 my competitive spirit and desire to challenge myself and expand my knowledge motivated me to move to the United States and take a job as assistant rider for Gran Prix rider Aaron Vale in Aiken, SC which was a great opportunity to learn new training techniques and understand the American riding and training system.
In 2004 I moved to Ft Myers Fl, where I spent the next 8 years gaining experience as barn manager as well as head rider/trainer at Hunters Sound Stable, Pennington Farms, Detour Farm and Grace Equestrian Center.
During this period of time I was also hired to ride for Orange Clover Farms, a business of importing dressage horses competing at all levels, I had the opportunity to train with German dressage gold medalist Bob Braren for a year and proceeded to compete in different horses from training level to Prix St George while continuing a successful jumping career up to Grand Prix.
In 2012 I relocated to Winter Garden Fl where I was head trainer at Crown Pointe Equestrian and later Seacrest Equestrian Center, at the same time I started my own business of importing top quality show jumpers. At this point I became very passionate about establishing national and international relationships with honest trainers and breeders to find exceptional quality horses at fair prices, and up to date I have been able to built an honest and reputable brand of performance horse sales and have sold over 20 of my horses to students and top trainers in the sport. I was also able to import my personal horse in 2010 as a 2 1/2 yo colt and he is currently competing and winning at Grand Prix level.
By 2016 I had invested many years of training and learning from top riders and trainers in the US including Pan American rider German Camargo, clinics with George Morris amongst others and learned how to properly care for, manage and train high performance horses.
I have invested an entire life to developing and improving my training, riding and management skills to provide a facility that offers the best and safest environment for our horses, while using training methods that are fair and reasonable to get the best out of our riders and horses, while building trust and confidence to succeed in the show ring. As a rider I keep challenging myself to find new training techniques and compete at the highest level possible to improve my skills and gain daily knowledge that I can pass along to my riders and horses.
My name and reputation stand behind the quality of care that we offer to any horse boarding with us, the personalized attention, honesty and respect for our riders and owners, and I personally ride and assess every horse I represent for sale or lease to ensure it’s performance plus mental and physical condition. Carlo Graziani