A veteran of the show ring for over 40 years, John started his riding and training career in California, moving to the Seattle area in 1979 and later forming Thumbs Up Farm in 1986 with his partner, Jack. His training and expertise have produced numerous champions, regional and national award winners in Zone 9 of the USEF and USHJA, WSHJA, and World Champion Hunter Rider Programs.
John is known for his uncanny ability to match horses and riders to create winning teams. He has an amazing ability to observe a horse and quickly devise safe, kind and effective training and riding strategies to solve problems.
John’s clinics are in demand as they are educational as well as entertaining. His affable personality and no-nonsense approach to riding, teaching and training account for the continued success of his clients.