Jeri Catherine Matheny & Wind Ridge Farm

Formerly from central Ohio, Jeri grew up riding Quarter Horses in western pleasure, halter, hunt seat equitation, and the lower levels of dressage. She has lived, trained or shown in Colorado, Virginia, Kentucky and Florida.

Jeri began eventing in 1986, and has competed thru the international one star level. In 1994, Jeri was selected to compete in the A.H.S.A. Olympic Field Trial in Georgia for the heat studies to benefit the Atlanta Olympics. She has shown through 3rd level dressage and trained through the FEI level of Prix St. George. She has trained long term with Jean Luc Cornille, Dorothy Trapp-Crowell, Peter Atkins, and Chrissa Hoffman. Jeri has ridden in clinics with Jimmy Wofford, Denny Emerson, Nina Fout, and Peter Grey among others.

In 2011, Jeri earned her “r” as a licensed Eventing Technical Delegate with the United States Equestrian Federation. Prior to starting her family, Jeri worked as a veterinary technician for several Kentucky area equine veterinarians.

Jeri is currently coached in dressage under Grand Prix trainer Chrissa Hoffmann and “S” dressage judge Linda Zang as available per travel and schedules. Jeri trains her FEI event horse under the coaching of Australian 4-Star event rider Peter Atkins who also represented his country at the World Equestrian Games 2010.

Training

Jeri has trained long term with the following accomplished Riders from the Eventing world:

  • Canadian Olympic Equestrian Team member, Jamie Smart, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Former French Equestrian Team member, Jean-Luc Cornille, of Orange, Virginia, with whom she trained through Prix St. George level in Dressage
  • Several clinics with former U.S. Olympic team member, Denny Emerson
  • U.S. Olympic Team Rider and World Championship Silver Medalist, Dorothy Trapp Crowell, of Lexington, Kentucky, with whom she has trained and competed through the Preliminary and 1-Star levels of Eventing

Accomplishments

  • 1991-1993 Assistant Farm Manager at Sunshine Farm in Shelbyville, Kentucky, a Thoroughbred race horse and breeding operation
  • Summer 1993 — Managed Undulata Farm in Shelbyville, Kentucky, a residential childrens’ equestrian camp and riding facility
  • Fall 1993 — accepted Jesus Christ as Personal Lord and Savior
  • Summer 1994 — Selected to compete in the AHSA Olympic Field Trial in Chatsworth, Georgia.  One of the U.S. Riders selected as a precursor to the Olympic Games to be held in Atlanta in 1996
  • 1999 — Competed our Trakehner Stallion, Elijah, to the NATA (North American Trakehner Association) High Point Champion in Eventing and also In-Hand Stallion
  • Also in 1999 — Rode Elijah to the USDF (United States Dressage Federation) Training Level Champion All-Breeds Winner for NATA
  • 2000 — NATA Eventing Reserve Champion
  • 2001-2012 time off to develop our breeding program and care for chronically ill family members

Dressage Specific

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  • 2013 USDF Bronze Medalist
  • 2013 USDF North Central Region Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Grand Champion Mare
  • 2014 USDF North Central Region Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Grand Champion Mare
  • 2015 USDF North Central Region Dressage Sport Horse Qualifier — Did not compete due to scheduling conflict

Eventing Specific

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  • 2014 MSEDA Regional Champion Preliminary Event Horse
  • 2014 American Eventing Championships, 13th place national finish, Preliminary
  • 2015 American Eventing Championships Qualifier, Preliminary

Samantha Pearson & Mint Equine

Deciding to make Ocala, Florida our permanent home in 2019, we are so happy to be based in this thriving horsey area. Our property is named after a beautiful place in Namibia that we love – “Onduruquea”. We are excited to build up this property into our dream farm and very excited for the future here!

We utilize a rare combination of training skills, professional competition experience in Europe and the U.S., plus years of working in disadvantaged areas in Africa in less than perfect conditions. As a result we possess a unique perspective on training and care of the horse in general. We enjoy all aspects of training, working on mental happiness and constantly striving to achieve optimum mental and physical balance in all aspects of care and training.

Our main focus is Dressage, however we are often asked to train and help horses and riders from other disciplines, which we welcome. Any and all levels are welcomed and encouraged. We utilize Natural Horsemanship techniques as part of our training program.

We try to get Dressage back to its original beginnings, producing a more correct, obedient and beautiful horse, without sacrificing movement or happiness.