Charlotte Cannon : Originally from Virginia horse country, multiple world champion horse trainer and instructor Charlotte Cannon has lived in South Carolina for the past 20 years.
Charlotte grew up riding hunters and racehorses. By showing all summer and foxhunting all winter her trainer, Rosemary Thomas, instilled a need for variety and naturalness in her.
When she moved to SC in 1989, Charlotte met D. John Deas a world champion western pleasure trainer who offered her not only a great job but also a great introduction into western events done softly and with the horses mental and emotional fitness intact.
She continued her quest for knowledge and studied under several great horseman including Ray Hunt, Gary Biggerstaff and Dave Seay. Although she had met and found great information, she still saw a huge gap between the natural colt starters and the show horse trainers. She could see there was a need for a trainer to bridge this gap.
Five years ago a thoughtful client introduced Charlotte to Parelli Natural Horsemanship and she felt like she had found what she was seeking. Pat and Charlotte got into a friendly conversation at a Tour Stop and he started seeing a future in Parelli for her too.
During a trip to ride with him at his Ocala farm last year, he asked Charlotte to be the 'Den Mother' of a new global kids program destined to change the world. She accepted and has engaged in another journey to bring natural horsemanship to kids in a fun exciting way so that they can achieve great performance. Through Pat, Charlotte has become friends with and a student of both million dollar reiner, Craig Johnson, and multi world champion working cowhorse trainer Rick Steed, who both have helped her reach new heights not only for herself but also for her students.
Ten years into her dream, 'Showing Naturally', Charlotte has developed a combination of natural horsemanship and high performance horsemanship that produces amazing results! She has been fortunate enough to work with so many great horsemen from many different disciplines. Taking the best from each teacher/trainer she has created a program that addresses every part of the horse, mental, physical and emotional. Her approach is totally unique and she strives to maximize every horse and rider to take them as far as they can go! She has been approached by many to write a book. She is working on getting her big concepts written down so they can be shared and hopefully developed into a thought provoking, easy to follow path to 'True Unity' with the horse.
Charlotte is a dedicated horseman who strives everyday to improve her skills both with her horses and with her students. She brings new vibrant energy to the horse world actually coaching and mentoring its future professionals.
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Tommy Robinson grew up in the NC mountains riding all through the trails with his Dad.
At 10 yrs old he started competing in local open shows in ALL the events from western pleasure to barrels and poles.
His serious showing started when he went to college at NC State. From there he got jobs working for both Carol Harris (caring for Superhorse Rugged Lark) and Thompson Quarter Horses.
He started his super successful showing and coaching career with AQHA Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle horses.
He got interested in the Trail and that was another match made in Heaven! Tommy has made more Superior Trail and World Champion horses than any other trainer in the area, one of the winniest in the country.
In 2008 he stretched again and added Hunter Hack to his list of events, in his first Senior Hunter Hack World Show appearance, he was in the Top Ten.
Tommy is a quiet focused results-getting trainer exceptional at developing the young (2 and 3 year olds) horses for futurities while respecting their bodies and minds. His babies grow into the all-around horses on which we win fancy neck ribbons, buckles and saddles! Be his next Super Star!
Tommy and his Robinson Show Horses were based in Yadkinville NC for 5 years; but in July 2007 we decided to combine both of our businesses, and everyone is delighted to have access to his expertise and knowledge. He is also an approved open show judge which gives him a greater perspective on what it takes to stand out.