Train With the Best

 

Kent Farrington

AFEC is proud of its integrated training program with Kent Farrington. A Chicago native, Kent is an Olympic silver medalist in show jumping who earned the elite status as the number one ranked show jumper in the world, for eleven consecutive months. He is also the winner of the 2019 Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen, revered by many to be the most prestigious win in the sport of show jumping.

Kent and his team are passionate about helping dedicated riders grasp their potential while creating an environment for horses to thrive as top athletes.  As Kent explained at the 2012 George Morris Horsemanship Training Session,  “I keep it pretty simple.  Training horses is like anything—it’s all about being consistent. You do the same thing training the same way every single day—it becomes a habit. Horses understand that.”

To learn more about Kent’s style of teaching at the 2012 and 2018 George Morris Horsemanship Training Sessions, read Building Blocks of Success by the Chronicle of the Horse and Train What’s Difficult by Practical Horseman or visit his website at www.kentfarrington.com.

John French

 

Truly one the sport’s most natural talents, John has achieved high performance success in both the hunter and jumper disciplines.  He has represented the United States in Nations Cups and FEI World Cup™ Finals and was also the winner of the inaugural $100,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals.

For over two decades, John French has consistently proven to be one of the most accomplished hunter riders in the sport.  John won the WCHR Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and has held the title of World Champion Hunter Rider four times.  He was awarded the CPHA Pre-Green Incentive Rider of the Year three times.  He also claimed the title of West Region USHJA Hunter Derby Rider of the Year annually since 2016.   And John was recognized with the PCHA Perpetual Trophy as the professional rider winning the most championships in PCHA-rated hunter divisions almost every year over the last three decades.  In 2019 he claimed the distinguished title of WCHR Professional National Champion and in 2020, was inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame.

John is highly regarded as a clinician and a coach, has piloted countless horses to fame and success on both coasts, and is enthusiastic about his new chapter with Kent as trainer and rider for Farrington’s hunter division.

Alex Warriner

Alex Warriner (KPF) provides demonstrated expertise, training at the highest level of competition.  Her 25 years of experience in the sport started with a successful junior career, including second place finishes at both the USET Finals and Maclay Medal Finals as a junior rider.  She developed, built, and ran her own hunter/jumper training program before joining Kent Farrington (KPF) full-time.

Alex served as Kent’s Manager of Operations and Training for more than twelve years. She has consistently supported Kent in his achievements as a USA Olympic Team Medalist and the 2017 number one ranked rider in the world for Longines show jumping.  Alex has participated in every major international championship along the way; Global Champions Tour, World Cup Finals, Pan American Games, World Equestrian Games, and the Olympic Games.

Since 2016, Alex has dedicated her focus towards training the most competitive junior and amateur riders, traveling with her clients to the best and most challenging shows in North America, and championing their aspirations to achieve the highest levels of the sport. Alex’s students have earned wins and championships from the pony divisions through the high jumper divisions at all major North American shows including the Winter Equestrian Festival, American Gold Cup, Spruce Meadows, Hampton Classic, Great Lakes, Tryon Equestrian Center, etc.  In 2018, Alex served as Zone 5 Chef de Equipe for the FEI North America Youth Championships, guiding the teams to gold, for both individual and team medals, out of a field of over fifteen teams of the highest ranked junior and young riders from the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

Her extensive depth and breadth of equine training, equine management, and rider instruction makes her an incredible resource for our equestrian athletes.

Emily Reynolds

In her role as Manager of Equestrian and Equine Training Programs, Emily is a key member of the Alway Faithful team.  Prior to her current position, Emily served in various capacities including trainer, show manager, and professional rider with several of the most highly regarded horse development and rider training programs throughout the country.

Reynolds has over twenty years of riding experience, dedicated five years as a working student, and over a decade as a professional in the industry while supporting herself through college. Emily has successfully competed with, and trained, equestrian athletes in the hunter, jumper and equitation divisions at the most prestigious show venues, events, and national championship finals including, Devon, Pony and Medal Finals, Hampton Classic, Lake Placid, Old Salem, Pennsylvania National Horse Show – Harrisburg, USET Finals, Washington International Horse Show, Kentucky National Horse Show, Maclay Finals, and the World Equestrian Festival (WEF).  Emily was also an accomplished student athlete on the NCAA Division One Equestrian Team at the University of South Carolina, winning Conference Championships in both 2013 and 2014 before transferring to the University of Arkansas.

As a professional rider, Emily has extensive national and international experience in sourcing and developing equitation and hunter-jumper show horses. In the equitation discipline alone, Emily has individually developed and competitively shown nearly 30 young equine athletes. Her broad equestrian experience includes serving under the tutelage of Frank Madden, George Morris, Katie Kappler, Dianne Carney, Chris Gilman and Ellie Raidt.

Emily is passionate about creating, implementing, and managing individualized training programs based on the experience, capability, and personal goals of the aspiring equestrian, whether five or sixty-five. She thrives with challenge, exudes tremendous positive energy, and connects with sincere devotion to her students.  Emily spreads an infectious joy in the pursuit of developing and training both the equine athlete and the equestrian, with her ultimate objective of orchestrating the perfect harmony in partnership performance.

Emily earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Business Administration with an emphasis in Supply Chain Management.

Emily Drago

As Manager of the Equine Management Training Program (EMTP), Emily is responsible for maintaining the highest quality standards of horse care, conditioning, and training.  She also provides active support to the equestrian development program as an assistant trainer. Prior to her roles at Always Faithful, Emily served as groom and assistant manager of equine care with Kent Farrington’s championship team “KPF”, that over the last decade has consistently ranked FEI top 10 of international show jumpers, achieving #1 in the world 2017 – 2018.

Over her prior ten years in the equestrian industry, Drago has served in a variety of roles including grooming grand prix horses, equestrian product sales, and barn management. The depth and breadth of these experiences have given Emily a solid foundation, with broad perspective of what it takes for our Club Members and their equine partners to achieve their goals.

Growing up in the Midwest, Emily loved working with and developing green sale horses, primarily Warmbloods and Off-Track Thoroughbreds (OTTB). She has a well-rounded equestrian background as a rider in Hunter-Jumper, Saddle Seat, Foxhunting, and Western disciplines. Her passion is caring for the equine athletes, striving to keep them at their very best mental and physical state, at all times. Emily thrives in her dedication to continuous quality improvement, incorporating best demonstrated practices in the industry.  Her horsemanship, studied skill sets, and disciplined approach drives consistent soundness and performance of these cherished equine athletes.

Emily is a graduate of William Woods University having earned a Bachelor degree in Equestrian Science with concentration in Equine Management.

 

To learn more about AFEC Equine Management and Training Program (EMTP), please contact us.