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Vote to help Acadiana horse trainer win national award

Posted at 5:48 PM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 18:48:57-05

Twenty horse trainers in the U.S. find themselves in a friendly competition for the 2018 Greatmats National Horse Trainer of the Year award. The award is designed to recognize trainers who have demonstrated service, integrity and quality to make a positive impact on the lives of their clients, animals and community as a whole.

This year’s nominees hail from the states of Louisiana, Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, Arizona, Florida, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, New Jersey, Georgia, Ohio, North Dakota and Vermont.

Up for the award are:

Tammy Smith – Fox Mask Basic Horsemanship – Chandler, Arizona

Chelsie Kallestad – Chelsie Natural Horsemanship – Holbrook, Arizona

Tina Wright – Diamond in the Rough Horsemanship and Training – Fort Lupton, Colorado

Ben Grogan – Drifter’s Hearts of Hope – Franktown, Colorado

Tom Johnson – Costa Nova Farm – Pierson, Florida

Lacey Salvatore – Haven Horse Ranch – Saint Augustine, Florida

Sandra Williamson – Rackettown Mustangs – Toombs County, Georgia

Rachel Bertrand – Bertrand Training Stables – Crowley, Louisiana

Susan Morris – 333 Ranch – Pride, Louisiana

Bill Thomas – Bill Thomas Performance Horses – Saginaw, Michigan

Terry Nowacki – American Equine Scenting Association – Argyle, Minnesota

Pete Corby – Overview Equestrian Center – Belvidere, New Jersey

Kendra Loring – Enchanted Equine Adventures – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Carley Wheelis – CW Horsemanship – Hillsborough, North Carolina

Mandy Helton – Helton’s Horsemanship – McDowell, North Carolina

Rylan Sundsbak – Sundsbak Performance Horses – Hazen, North Dakota

Lisa Moad – Seven Oaks Farm – Hamilton, Ohio

Jan Lindsay – Diamond Bar Z – Coos Bay, Oregon

John M. Joyner, Jr. – Joyner Arabians – Canutillo, Texas

Claire Silver – Up North Stables – Derby, Vermont

Finalists will be determined by an online vote at https://www.greatmats.com/2018-greatmats-national-horse-trainer-of-the-year.php between Nov. 15 and 25, 2018.

Greatmats will choose between the two finalists to determine the winner based on their demonstration of service, integrity and quality.