In 1997 Brenda turned her equine hobby into a business and lifestyle commitment, founding Feather Hill Stables as a breeding farm dedicated to producing athletic Paso Fino Horses suitable to carry larger riders over long distances.
Sparks turn to flame as she researched pedigrees and studied anything she could get her hands on related to Competitive Trail, Endurance or the occasional Long Rider tale. CTR and Endurance are two sanctioned forms of Distance Riding that provide a "fix" for the childhood dream of riding coast to coast.
As Mike puts it, "If you're having fun with your horse, you're doing it right." He went on to say that horses are meant to be enjoyed and can be what we want them to be. No one else can tell you how you should be enjoying your horse. Mike's theories on training have a proven track record. He can boast with his training endeavors that there have only been two horses he was unable to rehabilitate to safely have new homes, making him quite different from other trainers who could have easily given up. Mike and his wife Maggie have recently celebrated the birth of their first son, Cullen. I predict another talented horsemen has joined the Martin family. Mike's calm attitude, horse sense and handyman skills make him a trusted member of the Feather Hill Team
Rachel Snoddy, Assistant Barn Manager and Riding Instructor
Rachel first started riding when she was 6 years old at summer camps with riding lessons soon to follow. She immersed herself as much as she could in horses by volunteering for therapeutic riding, joining 4-H, showing locally, and of course trail riding. During high school she started teaching summer camps, giving riding lessons and was asked to start training young horses and offering training rides to "problem" horses. Rachel's resume includes herd health manager at a large breeding farm, loan officer, and veterinary technician. Rachel's passion is teaching and training. Rachel is happily married to husband Sean. Together they raise their toddler, Asher. Rachel is also busy with her OTTB, one dog, multiple goats, and a sheep. All of which keep her happily busy. Rachel is an important member of the Feather Hill Team!
Brenda & Steve Perrin, Owners
Brenda started riding at age 7, when her mother placed her in the front of her own saddle, taking Brenda on the first of many all-day trail rides. Thus sparked a young girl's love affair with horses. Soon followed an ex-carnival pony named Ginger who provided many a misadventure. Later, inspired by a Walt Disney movie, The Calypso Kid (story of a palomino Paso Fino Stallion) and a chance encounter with a cross country wagon train that came thru the area where the family lived, Brenda was struck with the adoration of the Paso Fino Horse and the dream of riding horseback, coast to coast, across this great country.
Mike "Mater" Martin, Trainer
Feather Hill's resident trainer Mike Martin originally hails from Mifflinburg, Pa. Mater got started with horses when he became interested in team roping. With no experience and no horse, he purchased a horse with no training and taught himself how to stay on, the rest is history! Mike now has nine years of training experience and joined the Feather Hill training team as a green breaker, colt starter, and problem horse guru. His goals for his horses in training are to make them safe and suitable to pass them along to less experienced riders to give those people a sense of independence with their new mounts. His training philosophies include gaining control of the horse while all the while being a patient teacher. (And anyone who gets to know Mike will marvel at his patience!)
Steve and Brenda married in 2013. Steve brings an amazing level of energy and enthusiasm to the team. After the Navy Steve spent 32 years with PPL retiring as an Electrical Foreman. With an extensive background in maintenance Steve enjoys keeping busy with projects around the farm. The Paso Fino Horses smooth gait has won Steve's loyalty and appreciation for them as the only choice for a trail horse.
Steve has long been involved in the sport of Team Roping and he looks forward to weekly practice sessions with the guys and hosts Team Roping Jackpots as well as Team Sorting Clinics and Jackpots. He is currently building a breeding herd of Corriente cattle enjoys watching his young roping horses develop. Steve is also an avid hunter and fisherman.
Together Brenda and Steve offer over 80 years combined experience providing for your equine needs.
Feather Hill Stables
While continually refining Feahter Hill breeding and training programs she enthusiastically continued to promote the Paso Fino Horse in an area where the breed was practically unheard of. By 2003 and 2004 Feather Hill owned and trained Paso Fino horses earned the PFHA High Point Competitive Trail Horse of the Year awards. Almost 20 years later many "de Pluma" Paso Fino horses have participated in the sports of Distance Riding, either Competitive Trail or Endurance. With over 100 foals produced and hundreds of horses trained and sold Brenda enjoys keeping in contact with clients and hearing their success stories.
Brenda has been an active Small Business Owner for 30 years with experience in the area of business management and accounting. Horses are Brenda's true passion. There is no better day than the day spent on the trail with her beloved Paso Fino Horses. The dream of riding cross country lives on....
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