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TEAM SAGUARO - SPONSORED RIDERS

We are proud of our sponsored riders' excellence in their disciplines and appreciate them showing off the best Saguaro Show Pads has to offer. Check out these leaders in the equine industry riding in style while doing what they love!

Abby Mixon

Training quality performance horses. Abby Mixon Performance Horses specializes in reining and cow horse events! Multiple NRHA Open Futurity and Derby Finalists!

Cardinal Ranch and Franco Bertolani

Dedicated to the Global Pursuit of Reining Perfection - Located on 200 lush acres in Aubrey, Texas, Cardinal Ranch is an elite reining horse operation quickly moving to the forefront of the performance horse industry. The facility was purchased summer of 2013 by Joao Marcos. A native of Brazil, Joao Marcos is fully committed to supporting and developing the sport of reining on an international level.

Home of the Legacy Sale each October, Cardinal Ranch features the largest private covered arena in the world, first class show barn, 200+ stalls, as well as a state of the art breeding operation and Stallion Station featuring 9 of the industries best sires.

Cardinal Ranch exemplifies international ties developing throughout the reining industry, and serves as the training base for NRHA Million Dollar Rider Franco Bertolani.

 

 

Marisa Maddy

Marisa Maddy

is an AQHA/NRCHA competitor from Norton, Kansas. She currently rides and trains out of Monte Wedel Performance Horses in Scottsdale, Arizona focusing on colt starting and reined cow horse. Marisa's horse passion began with a feedlot grade quarter horse and the local 4-H club as a 12 year old and from then grew to a position on the Kansas State University Western IHSA team during college, and a move to Scottsdale to pursue her dream of training reined cow horses. Along with working for several trainers, Marisa has gained experience through internships with sales and breeding operations and her goals are to run a comprehensive training, sales, and breeding operation. Marisa's favorite events are the reined cow horse and ranch riding. In her rookie professional year of competition Marisa was the 2019 Arizona Sun Circuit Limited Open Hackamore Champion, the Arizona Fall Championship Limited Open Hackamore Champion, the Arizona Reined Cow Horse Year End Limited Open Hackamore Champion, Arizona Reined Cow Horse Year End Open Hackamore Reserve Champion, and Northern Arizona Cutting Horse Year End Hackamore Reserve Champion. Marisa believes in developing quality cowhorses from the ground up and especially enjoys riding 2 and 3 year old prospects. We are looking forward to a successful 2020 with more competition in the NRCHA and the AQHA! Follow her training program on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/maddyperformancehorses/

Matt Palmer    Performance Horses

Matt Palmer is a NRHA Top 20 Professional and finalist at every NRHA major event, five time NRHA World Champion, and a multiple time Congress Champion and Reserve Champion. He also has multiple FEI Gold Medals and was a member of USA’s gold medal winning team at WEG. He trains out of Santa Hill Ranch in New York, and is proud to represent the east coast in reining! He believes presenting a sharp look in the show pen is an important part of each run, and is proud to have Saguaro Show Pads helping him do just that. 

Shawn Flarida

Family is the most important thing in his life. Shawn does also very much love his reining horses. Shawn was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2011 & just set a record as the first ever to reach $6 Million in rider earnings. He credits many of his accomplishments to his parents, his wife, his brothers & his children.

Shawn has made history quite a few times in the Reining Horse Industry with notable wins such as Multiple NRHA Open Futurity titles, NRHA Derby Open titles, and NRBC titles along with several All American Quarter Horse Congress wins. Shawn has also acquired five gold medals at the World Equestrian Games. It is no secret that he loves being a great horseman and great husband & father.

Jason Vanlandingham

The primary goal of Vanlandingham Reining Horses is the success of your futurity and derby horses. Jason Vanlandingham, owner and head trainer, has been a professional trainer since 1998. His accomplishments include NRHA Open Futurity Champion (L4), NRHA Open Derby Champion (L4), NRHA Open Derby Reserve Champion (L4), NRHA Open Futurity Champion (L3), Two time NRHA Open Derby Champion (L3), Tulsa Open Futurity Champion (L4), Tulsa Open Derby Champion (L4 & L3), Tulsa Open Novice Derby Champion (L4), High Roller Reining Classic Open Futurity Champion (L4), High Roller Reining Classic Open Derby and Open Stakes Champion (L4), AQHA World Show Res Champion, SWRHA Open Futurity Champion (L4 & L3), SWRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion (L4), NRBC $25,000 added Open Champion, Sandhills Slide Futurity Champion (L3).

Jeremy Gates

Stony Ford Ranch - Campbell Hall, NY Jeremy has been an NRHA member since 1999. A graduate of SUNY – Morrisville, Gates became interested in reining while a student of Lewis “Spike” Holmes. After graduating, he went to work for Dutch Chapman, where he had many opportunities to show and grow as a professional. During this time he earned the 2003 NRHA Limited Open reserve world championship aboard Ms Peppymint Chic. 
Jeremy struck out on his own in 2004 when he moved to Campbell Hall, NY. He continued his winning ways earning the 2008 NRHA Novice Horse Open World Championship aboard Peptos I Brow and earned the 2017 NRHA Novice Horse Open Level 2 reserve world championship riding Watchitgalsgottagun.
Gates also excelled in aged events, most notably with Lil Dreamin Magnum. This duo made the finals at the Congress Open futurity, the NRHA Open futurity, as well as the NRBC and the NRHA Derby. The won back to back Carolina Classic Derby & ABI Derby championships in 2016 and 2017.
Over the years, Jeremy has also coached multiple Rookie of Year finalists as well as local and regional non pro champions. He currently has lifetime earnings in excess of $340,000 and over the course of his career he has mastered all facets of the reining horse industry.

Marcos Guimaraes

Marcos Guimaraes

has been riding reining horses since he was a kid and started his showing career in 1998 as a non-pro. He became a professional here in the United States in 2015. Marcos is very passionate about training reining horses and that is what brought him here to the United States from Brazil. After working for many of the world’s best trainers such as Todd Bergen, Tracer Gilson, and Jason Vanlandingham, he decided that he would start training and building his own program, utilizing the skills that he picked up from each of those talented individuals. MGRH is conveniently located in Whitesboro, Texas and specializing in 2-year olds, futurity and derby horses as well as non pro horses.

Emily Pamela Jansson

I am a small town Swedish first generation Canadian Barrel Racer. I was a very young girl growing up in Sweden when my mom got me into horses and since then she couldn't keep me away from them! It is truly thanks to her I am the women I am today.
In 2019 we packed the trailer and we drove down to Las Vegas to enter the 2019 AIBR barrel race. Getting out of your comfort zone...The outcome was unreal for a small town girl. So to speak "grabbed the bull by the horns! "  I managed to qualify 2x to the big finals short go on my birthday on both our horses. Ended up a 3x money earner and whole lot "braver" after that day and whole lot humbler. We have two amazing horses "MoonsATruckin" & "Valacat" our new Derby barrel horse.
I live with my spouse, Tyler Rempel who is a cutter. I honestly not sure where I'd be without him in my corner. We currently live in Langley, British Columbia Canada
"Strength my dear doesn't come from what you can do. Strength comes from the things you thought you could never do. And you can do absolutely anything just GO do it.." - Emily Pamela Jansson 
 

Sunni McCormick

Specializing in Reined Cowhorse Sunni McCormick of Encore Performance Horses trains out of Sister Equine Facilities in beautiful Temecula, California wine country. She caters to Non-Pro clients and has her own show horses. She has been involved in the Cowhorse industry since 2006, and around horses her whole life. She had a great 2019 earning the titles of: 2019 NRCHA Level 1 Open derby champion, 2019 NRCHA Res. LTD Open bridle champion (Paso Derby), 2019 NRCHA LTD Open Hackamore Champion and Res. Champion(Paso Derby) , 2019 NSHA Level 1 Open Derby Champion, 2019 NSHA LTD Open Bridle Champion, #1 in the Nation in the LTD Hackamore #1 in the region in the LTD Hackamore and #4 in the world LTD Hackamore. Sunni pays attention to the details, no detail to small. It shows through her style in the show pen! Saguaro pads help to complete the picture-perfect image.